- The Washington Times - Friday, June 6, 2008

If your dreams include a peaceful woodland idyll enhanced with a bubbling creek and colorful birds flitting in the trees, you might be dreaming of the home on the market at 8736 Old Dominion Drive in McLean.

Set at the end of a private drive on almost 6 acres of land, this home seems to float in the trees.

Rocky Run Creek curves through the property, adding a peaceful soundtrack to the relaxing setting.

Priced at $1,750,000, this California-style contemporary home has a dramatic barrel-vaulted ceiling at the back of the house and walls of floor-to-ceiling glass that create an ethereal quality to the rooms as sunlight filters through green leaves into the home.

A private driveway leads off Old Dominion Drive to this home, which has a separate three-car garage and additional parking for several cars. A portico entrance provides shelter for arriving guests and makes it easier to bring packages inside on rainy days.

Oak, beech and sycamore trees and rhododendrons on the heavily wooded site practically surround the house, which has a 1-acre meadow with a fenced pony paddock and a small barn.

The two-level home has been sited on a hill above the creek to maximize the views of the woods and the water. It also includes a brick patio and multiple decks for enjoying the outdoors.

High ceilings throughout the home add to the open feeling. Guests are welcomed in a reception area with ceramic tile flooring just off the covered entry. Recessed and track lighting have been installed throughout the home.

At the back of the main level is the living room, which has the barrel-vaulted ceiling and a rear wall of floor-to-ceiling glass. A narrow wood shelf is a natural space for artwork. At one end of this room is a built-in bookcase with cabinets underneath. The living room also has a wood-burning fireplace.

Adjacent to the living room is the dining room, which has two walls of windows, including one dramatically arched window set under the barrel vault. Glass doors open from this room onto a small brick patio with steps to the deck below.

Nearby is a wet bar with granite counters, extensive cabinets, a refrigerator and a wine cooler. A closet with a washer and dryer is adjacent to the wet bar. The dining room, living room and wet bar all have hardwood flooring.

The kitchen, completely renovated in 1999, features myriad windows and transoms framing wooded views.

This kitchen has been designed to be warm and sleek, with three appliance garages hiding clutter. The maple cabinets blend with granite counters and neutral ceramic tile flooring.

The center island features a vegetable sink, a Dacor six-burner range, myriad cabinets and a breakfast bar where guests can enjoy a glass of wine while their hosts cook. The kitchen also has Jenn-Air double ovens, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, pendant lighting and high ceilings.

The adjacent breakfast area includes a built-in table with benches tucked in the corner where two windows meet.

The main level also has a powder room and the master suite, a serene room with walls of windows framing woodland views.

The bedroom has hardwood flooring and a wall of closets along with a walk-in closet. The master bath has ceramic tile flooring, a double-sink vanity and a whirlpool tub set under a window. The large walk-in shower has recessed lighting, a window and multiple shower heads.

Wood stairs lead to the above-ground lower level, which has a large family room with a wall of glass, including two doors to the brick patio.

The family room has a wood-burning fireplace with a raised hearth and a whitewashed brick surround. Nearby are a storage room and a powder room.

In one corner of this level is a study with a closet and an adjacent full bath. The study has another floor-to-ceiling wall of glass that looks into the treetops.

On the opposite side of the family room is another bedroom wing, with three bedrooms. These three bedrooms share a renovated full bath off the hall.

This stylish home provides a dramatic setting for private family life and for entertaining in any season, with either a casual or a formal atmosphere.

Address: 8736 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22102

Community: Ashley

Age: Built in 1959, renovated 1988, 1999

Price: $1,750,000

Size: About 4,000 finished square feet on lot of 5.9 acres

Taxes: $11,970 in 2007

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Contemporary-style brick home with walls of windows, barrel-vaulted roof; private wooded lot backs to trees with creek winding through property; brick patio and multiple decks with steps to paddock and small barn; covered entrance, separate three-car garage; private drive.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; three full baths; two powder rooms; foyer with ceramic tile flooring; high ceilings; renovated kitchen with granite counters, maple cabinets, center island and built-in breakfast table; wet bar; living room with barrel vaulted ceiling, fireplace and built-in bookcases; dining room with barrel vaulted ceiling and two walls of windows; first-level master suite with wall of closets, walk-in closet, bath; lower-level family room with fireplace; study with adjacent full bath; three additional bedrooms, with full bath and powder room.

Amenities: Two wood-burning fireplaces; hardwood flooring in most of home; wooded views; radiant heat in floors; satellite dish; gas heat and central air conditioning.

Close by: Minutes to McLean, Tysons Corner, Reston and the District.

Schools: Spring Hill Elementary, Cooper Middle, Langley High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Barbara and Diane Lewis of Long & Foster Real Estate at 703/760-7653.

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