- The Washington Times - Friday, December 15, 2000

Newer homes in the Washington area often reveal a split personality, with a traditional Colonial-style exterior hiding a splashy contemporary interior.

The architect of a 4-year-old residence in Fairfax Station, part of the Wolf Run Hunt development, softened this potentially jarring contrast by using white-painted bricks for the exterior along with a handsome oak front door and three matching oak doors for the side-entry garage.

Decorative touches inside the home add warmth to the open floor plan. Placed carefully so that it is nearly surrounded by woods, this home has a seemingly endless array of windows framing the forested views and complementing the traditional exterior.

Priced at $775,000, the estate at 11311 Chapel Road is set back from the road on a 5-acre home site.

Two white-painted brick pillars frame the entrance to the private driveway, which slopes gently toward the garage and a large parking area.

In spring and summer, when the leaves are fully on the trees, the home is largely hidden from the road. Brick steps lead to the front entrance, where a huge Palladian window over the front door offers a hint of the light-filled rooms inside.

Guests can be greeted in the impressive two-story foyer, which has a curving oak staircase that leads to a balcony overlook from the second floor. Most of the main level features an open floor plan with angled and vaulted ceilings and decorative pillars that define the spaces.

Entertaining a crowd would be a breeze in any season in this gracious home because the floor plan allows free circulation from room to room.

Light-colored hardwood flooring and a myriad of recessed lighting add to the brightness of the home.

The formal living room features a vaulted two-story ceiling, oversized windows on two sides, and a large fireplace in the center of one wall.

The fireplace has a marble hearth and surround and a carved white-painted wood mantel. Nearby is a large library, which has two sets of double doors, one to the hallway and one to the family room.

The library, painted a deep green, includes French doors to a two-level deck that covers the entire back of the house and has attractive sunburst-patterned wood rails and stairs to the back yard.

The family room also has a fireplace, this one with a white-painted brick raised hearth and surround that reaches to the ceiling. A half-wall with pillars on either side provides definition for the family room as well as a cozy place to perch during a party. Adjacent to the family room is an oversized breakfast area with ceramic-tile flooring to match the flooring in the center-island kitchen. French doors link the breakfast area to the deck and help fill the room with sunlight.

The kitchen includes polished cherry cabinets, a walk-in pantry, a corner double sink with windows above it, and a Jenn-Air cook top with a grill in the center island.

Every detail has been attended to in this room, which includes small corner display cabinets on each end of the cabinets, an "appliance garage" with an electrical outlet for hiding a toaster and blender, and a double oven in one corner.

Between the kitchen and the formal dining room is a butler's pantry with a wet bar, a wine rack and additional cherry cabinetry. Nearby is a another pantry and a powder room.

The walls in the formal dining room at the front of the house have been painted a deep burgundy, and the ceiling contains an elaborate medallion with a chandelier.

Not far from the dining room is a "flexible" room with hardwood flooring and tall windows. This room, visible from the kitchen, could function as a home office, a children's study or even a guest bedroom or nanny's room.

Adjacent to this room is a combination laundry-room-mudroom with access to the garage.

Flexible space also is available upstairs on the landing and balcony overlooking the foyer and living room.

A small reading nook or computer area could be created in this space.

Nearby is the master-bedroom suite, which has plenty of room for relaxing.

Double doors provide entrance into a sitting room with tall windows framing views of the trees that surround the back of the house. The sitting room opens into the main bedroom, which has two skylights and an unusual small alcove with angled walls.

Off to one side is a dressing area with two deep walk-in closets, each of which has a mirrored door.

Beyond the dressing area is a luxurious bathroom with two separate vanity areas with cherry cabinets, an oversized glass-enclosed shower and a deep whirlpool tub.

Across the hall is another large bedroom with a walk-in closet and a large private bath with a double sink, a combination tub-shower and cherry cabinets.

Each of two additional spacious bedrooms has a large closet; they share a connecting full bath with a double-sink vanity.

The lower level of this home is ready to be finished with a recreation room, a den, an exercise room and possibly more.

This unfinished space is being used for storage, but the above-ground back of this level has windows on three sides and a sliding glass door to the back yard.

Two white-painted brick fireplaces already are in place.

Though set on a peaceful home site, this estate is certainly not isolated.

The Fairfax County Parkway and Route 123 can be accessed within minutes, and George Mason University and Fairfax City are a short drive away.

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