- The Washington Times - Friday, August 11, 2000

The town of Vienna features a welcome blend of old and new homes, complemented by the village-style feel of the shops along Church Street and parts of Maple Avenue, and the modern and desirable amenity of a Metro station nearby. One recent addition to the real estate market in Vienna is a 2-year-old home built by the Dittmar Co. in a subdivision known as Oakton Plantation.

Now on the market for $539,990, the Georgian-style single-family home at 9997 Courthouse Road sits on a wooded site with parkland and open space on two sides. Residents of this home can walk to the Vienna Metro station and to the shops and restaurants located along Route 123. In between the house and the village shops is Nottoway Park, a lovely spot for strolling or picnicking.

The Courthouse Road property features professional landscaping in front and behind the house, and is built entirely of brick with a side-loading two-car garage. This example of Dittmar Co.'s Edgelea model has been fitted with most of the available upgrades and options.

A brick walk and brick front steps lead to the front door, which has a Palladian window on either side of the door. Plenty of daylight shines on the hand-finished hardwood flooring and the oak staircase of the two-story foyer.

To the right of the foyer is the formal living room, which has three Palladian windows that are across the front of the house, hand-finished hardwood flooring, decorative columns and a marble fireplace. An arched entrance leads from the living room into the dining room, a banquet-size room with a bay window. The entire first floor features 9-foot-high ceilings, adding to the openness of the floor plan and sense of space.

Although the home has been occupied since it was built two years ago, it has been so impeccably maintained it looks as if it is a brand-new model home. Two-piece crown moldings are found in the foyer, living room and the dining room, which also has chair-rail moldings.

At the rear of the home is a large family room, which has two sets of French doors leading to the custom-designed private deck. The back yard is surrounded by trees, offering privacy and nature views. The family room has a dramatic stone fireplace with a gas insert on one wall, and Berber carpeting. Adjacent to the family room is the breakfast room, which shares the woodland view through large picture windows.

On the other side of the breakfast area is the gourmet kitchen, a haven for the family cook with white-on-white cabinets blended with Corian counter tops and 12-by-12-inch sandstone-colored ceramic-tile flooring. The 42-inch white cabinets are furniture quality, and the top-of-the-line appliances include a gas cooktop on the center island, a built-in wall oven, a built-in microwave, a dishwasher and a side-by-side refrigerator.

A deep walk-in pantry has solid wood shelves, and the planning desk includes a Corian counter top, plenty of drawer space and cabinets above, including a row of cubbyholes for mail. A powder room is centrally located adjacent to the kitchen.

While the model-home quality of the house is certainly enticing, buyers with a desire to place their own mark on their residence will be pleased that the entire lower level is unfinished. With over-9-foot-high ceilings and several above-ground windows, the lower level can easily be used for recreational space, a home office, guest quarters and more. A rough-in for a bathroom is in place and there is plenty of storage space.

The house has two-zone gas heat, gas hot water, central air conditioning, an attic fan, an alarm system and a home warranty program that will convey to the new owner.

The upper level features a spacious landing and soft, neutral wall-to-wall carpeting. The master suite has been placed on one side of the landing for maximum privacy, and features a double-door entrance. Besides the oversized bedroom, which has room for a sitting area, the master suite includes a walk-in closet with dressing areas on either side, each of which has an additional closet.

The his-and-hers dressing areas lead to the master bath, which has ceramic-tile flooring, a Jacuzzi soaking tub, a glass-enclosed shower, and vanities on either end of the room that offer plenty of drawer and surface space on the cultured marble top. The commode is hidden in a private room off the main bath. A huge bay window surrounds the soaking tub and floods the bathroom with sunshine.

Three additional bedrooms are placed across the landing from the master suite, each with large closets and windows.

The front bedroom, currently furnished as a home office, has three tall windows overlooking the front yard and an extra closet with wood shelving. The hall bath has been compartmentalized with two vanities in one section and a combination bath/shower in the other. Across the hall from this bath is a large laundry room with a laundry tub and 12-by-12-inch ceramic-tile flooring.

The sparkling condition of this home is enough to recommend it to most people, but the location on a quiet side street within walking distance of Vienna's best amenities certainly adds to its value.

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