- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 7, 2005

Opulent homes are the signature of WCI/Renaissance Communities, but the company’s most recent model home, the Grand Bernini, might be the most luxurious yet.

Designed by the Lessard Architectural Group, this home has more than 10,000 square feet of living space on three levels, including a finished basement. The Grand Bernini is available at Georgetown Ridge, an enclave of 10 wooded 1-acre homesites in McLean, base-priced from $3,019,900 to $3,089,900. Three additional models available at Georgetown Ridge are base-priced from $2,824,900 to $2,977,900.

Buyers can choose an exterior of all natural or painted brick or one with four sides of shingle with stone or brick with stone. Each home includes a side sunroom or music room, a three-car garage, a bluestone or brick front walk, professional landscaping, and two entry monuments with gas lanterns.

Inside, each home has an oak main staircase and an oak rear staircase; a masonry fireplace with a brick hearth and surround; five-piece crown moldings and two-piece chair-rail moldings; 9-foot ceilings on the main and lower levels; and oak flooring in the foyer, hall, living room, dining room, library, upper hall and sunroom/music room.

Each kitchen has 42-inch wood cabinets; granite counters; ceramic-tile flooring; undercabinet lighting; and upgraded appliances by Sub-Zero, Viking and Thermador.

The master suite includes a gas fireplace with a marble surround and a bath with a glass-enclosed shower, a whirlpool tub, and 12-by-12-inch ceramic-tile floors and tub and shower surrounds.

The secondary baths include 6-by-6-inch ceramic-tile flooring, and each home has a security system, cable and telephone prewiring, and four-zone gas heat.

Most of the main level of the Grand Bernini has floor-to-ceiling windows, many visible from the stunning central rotunda. The front door opens off a covered portico into a foyer, which leads into the rotunda and beyond into the gracious reception hall. Two columns frame the entrance into the two-story living room, which includes French doors leading to a terrace.

At the front of the house are an expansive home office that can be accessorized with a fireplace, a wet bar and a banquet-size formal dining room with an adjacent butler’s pantry. The main level also has a study in one corner with windows on three sides and a wet bar, plus a nearby powder room and the entrance to the side sunroom.

On the opposite side of the main level are the informal areas of the home, a cluster of connected spaces including the center-island kitchen, the morning room, a keeping room with built-in desks for technology, and a dramatic octagonal family room with a coffered ceiling. Adjacent to the garage are a mudroom with closets and a second powder room.

The second floor features a grand hall overlooking the rotunda and the living room, with French doors leadingto a veranda at the front of the house.

Double doors lead from the hall into the extensive master suite. A sitting room leads to a step-up into the octagonal bedroom, which has a coffered ceiling and is nearly surrounded by windows. The master suite has three walk-in closets, a storage closet and an expansive bath. Buyers can finish additional space over the garage to add a private exercise room.

The upper level includes a laundry room and three additional bedrooms, each with a private full bath and a walk-in closet or double closets. A “buddy study” with multiple windows, accessible from two bedrooms, can be added above the sunroom.

The lower level can be finished as the buyer desires, including a billiards room, a full bar, a hobby room, a recreation room, a media room, an exercise room, a den or a guest bedroom and a full bath.

For information, call community sales manager Susan Ragole at 703/749-0773 or visit www.renaissancehousing.com.

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