- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Dip down a private curving driveway off Lawyers Road in Vienna and into a woodland paradise where a secluded contemporary home blends easily into the surrounding forest. Towering oaks, hickories, poplars and dogwoods, complemented by azaleas and rhododendrons, surround a wood-and-stone home, which offers total privacy and a chance to commune with nature in all seasons.

Listed at $1.2 million, the estate at 10500 Lawyers Road occupies a site of more than 7 acres, including woods, a tennis court and a multipurpose court, ending when Difficult Run passes through the land. The courts are nestled among the trees, reached by a path that winds through the woods for cooling summer shade.

The long driveway leading to the home adds privacy for the residents and ends at a large parking and turnaround area in front of the detached two-car garage. A roof deck has been built on top of the garage for entertaining or enjoying a sunny day.

This custom home has been lovingly maintained and occupied by the same family since it was built in 1981. The owners recently have landscaped the front of the home extensively with stone and brick walkways, stone drainage paths, stone edging and plants. Driveway maintenance, tree and brush removal, tree trimming and gutter maintenance were all part of the landscaping project.

The tennis court and multipurpose court were resurfaced, and lights were replaced at the tennis court for night games. Inside the home, 18 windows and sliding glass doors were replaced, and the hardwood flooring, stairs and railings were refinished and look like new.

Angled walls and a multitude of windows, sliding glass doors and skylights create a distinctive atmosphere in the home, blurring the lines between the trees outside and the wood inside.

Many rooms include wood cathedral ceilings, wood walls and stone accents, including stone walls in the living room and family room. Recessed and track lighting have been installed to complement the natural daylight that fills the rooms.

With levels separated by open wood stairs, most rooms offer glimpses of other parts of the house, perfect when entertaining.

The open foyer faces the living room, which is a few steps down and includes a soaring wood cathedral ceiling with skylights. One wall of the living room has been built entirely of stone, with a fireplace in the center.

Above the living room is an open loft with views of the foyer and living room, a space that could function as a sitting room for the master suite, an office, a play area or a children’s study.

Beyond the living room to the left is an expansive long room, which has two sections and could make a functional home office or study. Wiring upgrades have already been made in this space, which has a sliding glass door to a private deck overlooking the woods. This room could also be used as family room.

On the opposite side of the foyer, a few steps up lead to the formal dining room, an open space surrounded by windows and a sliding glass door to another deck. Beyond the dining room is the family room or breakfast area, a large room with a stone wall and a sliding glass door to another deck at the front of the home.

The fully equipped kitchen includes a double wall oven, a side-by-side refrigerator and a cooktop on a center island. The kitchen includes abundant cabinets and tiled counter space, along with a convenient built-in desk.

Upstairs, the loft overlooking the living room leads into the private master suite, which has a private loft of its own accessible by a ladder.

The master bedroom includes a vaulted ceiling, a walk-in closet and a bath with a whirlpool tub tucked into cedar walls with a picture window framing the woods outside. The bathroom also includes a double-sink vanity and a large separate shower.

The highest level of the home includes two more generously sized bedrooms, each with a vaulted ceiling and multiple windows. One bedroom includes a library loft reached by a spiral staircase with built-in bookcases. These rooms share a hall bath.

Downstairs, two finished lower levels serve multiple functions. The first level includes a bedroom or den with a closet, a full bath, a laundry room, a storage and utility room, and a workshop. The lowest level features two recreation-room areas, including a wood stove set against a brick wall in one area and built-in bookshelves in the other.

Sliding glass doors allow access to the side yard.

Adjacent to this room is an enormous unfinished storage room with two large windows and access to more utilities. This room could be finished into more living space, if desired.

Despite the complete privacy afforded by this Vienna home, civilization is just minutes away. Shopping centers in Reston and Vienna can be reached in minutes, and the Dulles Toll Road is also quite close.

Address: 10500 Lawyers Road, Vienna VA 22181

Community: Hunter Ridge

Age: Built in 1981

Price: $1.2 million

Size: About 4,000 finished square feet on site of 7.21 acres

Taxes: $7,443 in 2003

Exterior features: Contemporary-style wood home at the end of long, curving driveway; mature trees; detached two-car garage with roof deck; professionally landscaped front yard with stone walls and paving stones.

Interior features: Seven levels; three bedrooms; three full baths; one half-bath; refinished hardwood floors; wood cathedral ceilings; skylights; living room with stone wall including fireplace; oversized study with private deck; formal dining room with private deck; open kitchen and breakfast area or family room; two levels of bedrooms; loft overlooking living room; two finished lower levels including a potential bedroom with a closet; full bath; recreation room.

Amenities: Tennis court; multipurpose court; numerous decks; fireplace; wood-burning stove; master suite on separate level with loft, walk-in closet and bath; zoned heating and air conditioning; central vacuum system; security system.

Close by: Minutes to Reston and to Vienna; easy access to Dulles Toll Road.

Schools: Oakton Elementary, Thoreau Middle, James Madison High

Open house: Sunday, Feb. 8, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Debbie Gill of Long & Foster Real Estate, 703/668-8360

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