- The Washington Times - Friday, September 22, 2000

Great Falls long has been known for its luxurious homes and secluded lanes, for its pastures filled with horses and its homes filled with marble and moldings. But few of the other houses in Great Falls could equal the lavish ornamentation and sumptuous landscaping of the home at 501 Scenic Way, which is on the market for $1.325 million.
Part of the Beach Mill Estates community, this 10-year-old home sits on 2.3 acres that include a formal garden with topiary trees, a heated swimming pool, a paving-stone patio, a hot tub, and a massive deck with a raised platform for a dining area and a semienclosed seating area with latticework on three sides.
Professional landscaping surrounds the home, providing year-round color and texture along with privacy. The home has a three-car garage, and the paved driveway provides ample parking for guests.
Mahogany front doors with glass sidelights lead into the two-story foyer, which has a curving oak staircase, towering arched windows above the front door, marble flooring, a brass-and-glass chandelier and dual coat closets. French doors on either side of the foyer lead to the library and living room. Intricate plaster-cast moldings surround the chandelier and wind around the top of the walls and onto the second-level landing.
To the right of the foyer is the formal living room, a two-story space with elaborately detailed, custom-crafted plaster moldings adorning the ceiling and the top portion of the walls. The fireplace has a marble hearth and surround along with a carved mantel that complements the room's moldings.
Scalloped-shell art niches flank the fireplace, and the room features teak parquet flooring. Custom-designed cove lighting surrounds the slightly dropped center of the ceiling.
A wide arch connects the living room to the formal dining room, which has a 12-foot-high plaster-cast ceiling to complement the living room's elaborate moldings. Crown moldings and raised-panel wainscoting enhance the walls, while the floor is of teak parquet. A walk-in closet in one corner provides storage space for silver and china. Nearby is a powder room for guests.
On the opposite side of the foyer is a formal library with intricate plaster-cast moldings, a tray ceiling, teak parquet flooring and a marble fireplace with a wood mantel. Built-in bookcases flank the fireplace, and the cabinets lining the walls have TV and electrical outlets.
Toward the rear of the home is a two-story family room with skylights and glass doors to the deck. Bleached-oak flooring and recessed lighting add to the brightness of this room, which also features a stone fireplace and built-in cabinetry, including a wet bar and an entertainment center.
Beyond the family room is the custom-designed kitchen, which has bleached-birch cabinets, Corian counters and plenty of space for the family chef or caterers when entertaining formally. An oversize center island includes a breakfast bar and more cabinetry. Besides state-of-the-art appliances, including two dishwashers, the kitchen has a butler's pantry.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a walk-in pantry, second powder room, laundry room, closet space and access to the garage. A rear staircase leads to the upper level; two staircases lead to the lower level.
The main level also features an elegant master suite with a small foyer separating it from the family room. The 23-foot-wide bedroom has a cathedral ceiling with a gable and a Palladian window over a glass door that leads to the deck. In one corner is a built-in cabinet with space for media hookups as well as drawers and storage space.
Two walk-in closets line the dressing area, which leads to the master bath with its marble flooring, oversize whirlpool tub with decorative windows above, steam shower, second glass-enclosed shower, linen closet and extra-large double-sink vanity.
The second level has a balcony that overlooks the foyer and the family room, and it features plaster-cast moldings that extend from the foyer. Each of the three bedrooms on this level has a private full bath, and each has a walk-in closet or double closets along one wall. At one end of this level is a 30-foot-long media room or studio that has a large closet useful for storing out-of-season clothing. This room has just one small window but plenty of recessed lighting to make up for the lack of natural light. The room offers flexible space for new owners to use in a manner that best suits their needs.
The lower level has been partially finished and includes massive amounts of unfinished storage areas suitable for future expansion. When entertaining informally, the lower level is perfect for large crowds or as overflow space from the swimming pool and back yard.
A lower-level foyer is at the bottom of the stairs, and an adjacent finished room with two closets would make an excellent den, home office or exercise room. Beyond this room is a guest bedroom with a glass door leading directly to the pool area. Next to the bedroom is a full bath.
The largest room on this level is a recreation room with a full-size bar, including a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave oven, pantry and cabinets. The corner stone fireplace includes a wood-stove insert, and there are built-in bookshelves and space for a media center. A glass door leads to the covered patio and hot tub, and paved pathways lead from there to the in-ground pool and the topiary gardens. Brick retaining walls in the garden and around the pool blend with the lush landscaping.
Additional features of this home include an intercom system, a central vacuum system and a security system.


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