- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Renaissance Homes, now WCI Communities Inc., has long been known in the Washington area for sophisticated luxury homes, each with a distinctive feature such as a curving staircase, Palladian windows or transoms.

At 12515 Nathaniel Oaks Drive in Oak Hill, a Renaissance-built Grand Renoir model is available for $1,499,000.

Extended and customized by the owners, this elegant Colonial-style home rests on almost 1 acre in the West Ridge neighborhood off West Ox Road. The owners chose to have their home placed 30 feet back from the road, which provides not only privacy, but also a stately atmosphere for the residence.

The front lawn sweeps up to the home, which is surrounded by professional landscaping, professional outdoor lighting, garden beds and mature trees. Outdoor living space includes a patio off the walk-out lower level and a wide wood deck partially covered with an awning.

The home has a shingled roof and three sides of brick, with brick steps and a brick stoop. Inside, the two-story foyer has a dramatic black-and-white marble floor, a Palladian window over the front door and a curving stairwell with an oak staircase to the upper level.

The floor plan includes mostly open rooms, to which the owners added a large rectangular cutout in the wall between the foyer and the formal living room. The main level has hardwood flooring in most rooms, along with crown and chair-rail moldings, French doors, pocket doors and transoms.

The step-down living room includes two columns, custom-designed carpeting and window treatments, four tall windows and a pass-through to an adjacent butler’s pantry and bar with cherry cabinets and lighted display cabinets.

The butler’s pantry also is accessible from the formal dining room, with hardwood flooring, long windows with transoms, a chandelier and moldings.

French doors link the living room with a circular sunroom that has eight long windows with transoms.

A pocket door links the dining room with the kitchen, a bright space with white cabinets, Corian counters and a large center island with a five-burner cooktop, cabinets and a breakfast bar.

The kitchen includes double wall ovens, a large pantry and a built-in desk. A skylight above the sink adds even more light to the room. The adjacent breakfast area includes a sliding glass door to the deck and opens into the family room.

The two-story family room has three sets of sliding glass doors across the back wall that open onto the deck, with Palladian windows above.

This dramatic room includes a stone floor-to-ceiling gas fireplace, two ceiling fans and a second staircase to the upper level.

The main level also includes a library with a wall of built-in cherry bookshelves and cabinets, a glass door and two tall windows. Additional rooms include a laundry room with a door to the two-car garage, a powder room and two coat closets.

Upstairs, the master suite includes a large bedroom with a tray ceiling, a ceiling fan and a sitting area with four windows. French doors open from the bedroom into the master sitting room, a circular room with eight windows with transoms, a cathedral ceiling and a ceiling fan.

The master bath has ceramic tile flooring, a whirlpool tub set under a window, a large shower with a seat, two vanities and two deep walk-in closets.

The second bedroom includes a private full bath, two windows and a double-door closet. Two additional bedrooms share a connecting full bath.

The finished walk-out lower level has Berber carpeting and a full-size built-in wet bar with cabinets, glass shelves and an adjacent pool table that conveys to the buyers.

This level also has a bedroom with two double-door closets, a full bath and a bonus room that can function as the sixth bedroom, a home office or an exercise room.

A large storage room is nearby, and French doors open onto the patio and the back yard.

This elegant home has almost 7,500 finished square feet of living space, with areas for formal and informal entertaining, an in-law or au pair suite and plenty of bedroom space for immediate family members.

The West Ridge neighborhood between Fair Oaks and Reston has easy access to local shopping centers, shopping malls and commuter routes such as Interstate 66, the Dulles Toll Road and the Fairfax County Parkway.

Address: 12515 Nathaniel Oaks Drive, Oak Hill, VA 20171

Community: West Ridge

Age: Built in 1994

Price: $1,499,000

Size: 7,471 finished square feet on .84 acres

Taxes: $11,722 in 2006

Homeowner association fee: $21 per month

Exterior features: Colonial-style single-family home with three sides of brick, brick front steps and stoop, aluminum siding on rear, shingle roof, professional landscaping, patio, extensive garden beds, in-ground sprinkler system, outdoor lighting, two-car garage.

Interior features: Six bedrooms; four full baths; one powder room; two-story foyer with marble flooring; formal living room with adjacent bar; formal dining room; sunroom; library; two-story family room with rear staircase, three sets of sliding glass doors to deck and floor-to-ceiling stone gas fireplace; spacious breakfast area and kitchen; master suite with bedroom, separate sitting room, bath; bedroom suite with private bath; two bedrooms share connecting bath; finished walk-out lower level with two more bedrooms, full bath, recreation room with wet bar, storage room.

Amenities: Set back from road for additional privacy, deck with awning for privacy and shade, prewired for security system, storage shed, dual-zone gas heat and hot water.

Close by: Near shopping centers in Fair Oaks and Reston, Metrobus, major commuter routes.

Schools: Navy Elementary, Franklin Middle, Oakton High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Deb Frank of RE/MAX Distinctive Real Estate, 703/758-1089.

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