- The Washington Times - Friday, June 15, 2007

Lanais with tropical plants and lagoon-shaped swimming pools with waterfalls might sound like

home features seen only in Hawaii, Florida or on a Caribbean island, but some local home buyers are opting for these resort-style amenities at their Fairfax County residences.

Watermark Development Group Inc. specializes in building homes on infill lots in Fairfax County, each with a distinctive vacation-spot ambience created by designing the home around a private central courtyard with a lagoon-style swimming pool.

Watermark has two homes currently on the market, with plans for other homes priced from $1,000,000 and higher. Watermark can assist potential custom home builders with finding a lot or building their resort-inspired homes on a lot that has already been purchased.

The Villa Cortona model at 4616 Dixie Hill Road in Fairfax is priced from $1,695,000 and has 4,880 finished square feet. This home has a Mediterranean-style exterior with a four-car garage. The home has Watermark’s distinctive courtyard with a lanai, a lagoon-style swimming pool and an outdoor fireplace.

Inside, the home includes 10-foot ceilings on the main level with 9-foot ceilings upstairs, with 18-inch-by-18-inch travertine floors on the first level and three zone heating, air conditioning and hot water.

The Villa Cortona has two garages that create a motor court at the front of the home that has been landscaped and adds privacy. Double doors lead into the foyer, which is flanked by the living room and the formal dining room.

At the center of the home is a two-story gallery with the main stairs to the upper and lower levels. A second staircase is placed between the second garage and the kitchen.

The main level’s central gallery faces the lanai and swimming pool. Adjacent to the gallery on one side are the center-island kitchen and breakfast area, which includes a curving wall of windows facing the lanai.

The kitchen includes commercial grade stainless steel appliances. Just past the kitchen is the great room, which has 12-foot ceilings and a wall of windows facing the lanai.

On the opposite side of the lanai and the gallery is the master suite, which has a wet bar, walk-in closets and a bath with a corner tub tucked underneath windows facing the swimming pool.

The bath also has two separate vanities and a separate shower.

The second floor includes an entertainment room overlooking the swimming pool. The gallery also overlooks the pool. Three more bedrooms are on this level, each with a private full bath.

Additional upper-level rooms include a library, a home computer center and a laundry room.

The lower level can be finished with a bar, a home theater, a billiards room, a lounge, a full bath and an exercise room.

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