Rare opportunity to own a showpiece home on a picturesque lot in Bancroft facing a neighborhood pocket park and backing to woods. Built by Mitchell and Best Homes, this sensational 5BR/4.5BA brick-front colonial with two-car garage exudes quality craftsmanship and offers private retreat living featuring a charming covered front brick portico, Brazilian walnut (Ipe) deck with vinyl rails, a stamped concrete patio with circular stone half walls and built-in stone fireplace, and a 31’ x 50’ (regulation basketball width) sports court with an in-ground hoop. The floor plan boasts over 7,000 square feet of living area on three levels including over 4,500 square feet above grade. Designer-home appeal including a great sense of light and spaciousness with 10-ft. ceilings on the main level, 9-ft. ceilings in the lower level, multiple tray and volume ceilings, hardwood flooring throughout the main and most of the upper levels, new stamped-pattern carpeting in the lower level, designer ceramic tile flooring in bathrooms, elaborate multi-piece moldings, recessed lighting, plantation shutters, wood blinds, and custom built-ins throughout the entire home. Grand two-story foyer entrance from 8-ft. front door with sidelites and upper transoms, coat closet and powder room; formal living room and dining room flanking the foyer with arched openings; double glass door entry to main level library with recessed lighting and wall-to-wall custom built-in desk and bookshelves; dramatic family room with tray ceiling, wall of windows, and flagstone gas fireplace with stone hearth, wood-paneled surround, and adjacent built-in entertainment center; chef’s kitchen with raised panel cherry cabinets (some with glass doors), granite countertops with ceramic tile backsplash and double-bowl undermount sink, upgraded GE Café/Profile stainless steel appliances, Wolf 36-inch five-burner cooktop with commercial range hood, center island/breakfast bar with chandelier, wine rack, and bookshelf below; breakfast area off of kitchen leading to glorious sunroom with tray ceiling, walls of windows, side breakfast bar from kitchen, and French door access to rear Ipe deck and stairs to yard; mudroom off of the kitchen with separate workstation area, coat closet, and laundry room with LG h/e washer, dryer, and quartz laundry sink; access to two-car garage with painted floors and new garage doors; hardwood staircase with carpet runner to upper level as well as a second rear staircase from family room; primary bedroom suite with tray ceiling; step-down sitting room/office with recessed lighting and built-in cabinetry; dressing area with make-up vanity, two wall closets, and huge walk-in closet with tray ceiling; magnificent primary bath with 13-inch diagonally-laid ceramic tile flooring, his and her cherry vanities, walk-in ceramic tile shower with bench seat, and glass enclosure, corner soaking tub with tile tub deck, and separate water closet; three additional bedrooms on the upper level, one with an en-suite bathroom and two sharing a "Jack and Jill" bath; fully finished walk-out lower level with new carpeting and recessed lighting throughout; recreation room featuring a full-size bar with full-size French door refrigerator, sink, wine fridge, and dishwasher, a gas fireplace, and a card table nook; billiards/ping pong room with tray ceiling; fifth bedroom with en-suite ceramic tile full bath; unfinished exercise room and second storage area; French doors walk out to back yard paradise with professional landscaping design maintained by the HOA. Bancroft is a private distinguished neighborhood that has the feel of a gated community with sidewalks and a central neighborhood park with tot-lot. It is located in close-in Sandy Spring nestled just West of the retail and restaurants of Olney Village as well as healthcare services from MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Other amenities only a few minutes away include Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park, Hampshire Greens Golf Course, and Northwest Golf Course.