After Bruce and Leslie Lane bought their
16,000-square-foot home in Bethesda’s
Edgemoor neighborhood in 2013,
they worked with the home’s original
construction company, Sandy Spring
Builders, to gut much of the main level
and create a recon;gured space that
would better suit their needs and taste.
But the lower level, where the family
plays and works out, went untouched.
“This ;oor was one of the reasons
why I wanted to buy the house. You have
a built-in basketball court, exercise room
and amazing rec room,” says Bruce, who
enjoys shooting baskets after a day at
his of;ce—just a few blocks away at The
Meridian Group, where he is co-founder
and managing director.
Leslie, a freelance photographer
with a home of;ce, uses the elliptical,
treadmill and weights a couple of times
a week. “There is no excuse not to
work out,” says Leslie, who usually
watches the news or a movie on the wall-
mounted television while she’s in the
exercise room. “I was excited to have a
designated gym. I knew it would up my
The Lanes’ two children are now
in college, but both were active in
high school sports, so the gym was a
popular spot to hang out with friends.
The basketball court was especially a
hit with their daughter, Dana, who was a
forward on the Georgetown Day School
girls basketball team and would invite
classmates over to play. The court,
which is about 26 by 40 feet with a
24-foot ceiling, is also good for playing
badminton or practicing soccer shots.