- The Washington Times - Friday, July 10, 2009

Silence, broken only by the chirping of birds and an occasional whack of a golf ball, prevails at River Creek on a weekday afternoon. This gated community in Leesburg offers an elegant resort lifestyle in a 600-acre development with an 18-hole Ault, Clark-designed golf course functioning as the focal point for residents.

Among the variety of upscale homes at River Creek, a town home is now the market for $749,000 at 43701 Burning Sands Terrace. Homeowners at River Creek enjoy a membership in the club that includes swimming pools, tennis courts, a fitness center and a variety of dining options and social events. The club overlooks the Potomac River.

This all-brick home features distinctive details inside and out, including a brick walk marked with brick pillars and a wrought-iron gate. Landscaped grounds throughout the community are kept in immaculate condition.

The home includes a brick stoop and a driveway with brick pavers and carriage-style doors. The owners enhanced the interior of the garage with painted walls, a custom floor and storage.

In the rear, the home overlooks a swath of grass adjacent to the 10th fairway. A large patio extends across the entire back of the home with flagstone underfoot that matches a stone privacy wall. Wrought-iron fencing includes a gate.

Inside, this home appears in “model” condition although it was built in 2005. Bright yellow walls on the main level are enhanced with shadowbox, crown and chair-rail moldings. Knee walls and columns allow visitors to see through the open floor plan from the front door to the back patio.

Hardwood floors gleam throughout the three upper levels and on the staircase, which winds along the front wall. Arched windows are tucked into the turret, which partially encloses the staircase.

The two-story foyer provides an elegant place for greeting guests. French doors open nearby into a study, and a half bath is close to the foyer.

The formal dining room includes extensive moldings, a custom chandelier and columns that define the space while leaving it open to view. Beyond the dining room is a two-story family room with floor-to-ceiling windows, including a Palladian window. Along one wall is a gas fireplace accented with shadowbox moldings.

The family room opens into the breakfast area, which has French doors leading to the patio and a view of the grass beyond the patio. Plantation shutters have been installed throughout the home.

Adjacent to the breakfast area is the center-island kitchen, which includes granite counters, an imported stone backsplash, distinctive custom cabinets including some open shelving and upgraded stainless steel appliances, including a five-burner gas cooktop.

Upstairs, the master bedroom suite includes a sitting room with a gas fireplace and windows overlooking the golf course. The bedroom features a tray ceiling, a ceiling fan and two walk-in closets. The larger of the closets has extensive built-in wood drawers and cabinets.

The luxurious master bath includes a steam shower, a frameless glass door and a glass block wall. This bath has imported natural stone tiles, Italian marble counters and a two-person soaking tub set under a window.

A few steps away are a laundry room and a second bedroom with a private full bath and a double-door closet.

The finished upper level includes a second master suite with a volume ceiling and a sitting area overlooking the golf course. This bedroom has a large double-door closet. This level also includes a full bath and a fourth bedroom with golf course views and a walk-in closet.

The finished lower level includes a recreation room, along with another area that can be used for a bar or dining area. In one corner of the lower level is a media room, which has been outfitted with a sound system and includes a closet.

The lower level also includes a full bath and an expansive storage room.

This luxurious town home includes tall windows, high ceilings and plenty of light and has been enhanced with details such as distinctive paint colors, moldings and custom light fixtures.

Address: 43701 Burning Sands Terrace, Leesburg, VA 20176

Community: River Creek

Age: Built in 2005

Price: $749,000

Home size: About 4,000 square feet

Lot size: 3,485 square feet

Taxes: $6,008 in 2008

Homeowners association fee: $145 per month

Exterior features: Colonial-style all-brick town home; brick walk and brick stoop; brick pillars; turret with arched windows; wrought-iron gate and fencing; two-car garage with carriage-style doors; brick paver driveway; flagstone patio with stone privacy wall

Interior features: Four finished levels with four bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths; hardwood floors on three upper levels; shadowbox, crown and chair-rail moldings; two-story foyer; first-floor study with French doors; open floor plan; arched windows are tucked into the turret; knee walls and columns define the dining room that features a custom chandelier; two-story family room with gas fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and Palladian window; breakfast area with French doors to deck and golf course view; center-island kitchen with granite counters, custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances; master bedroom suite with tray ceiling, sitting room with gas fireplace, two walk-in closets and luxury bath with steam shower, glass block wall, soaking tub, marble counters and stone tile floor; second bedroom with private full bath; laundry room on bedroom level; finished fourth level with second master suite including sitting area, volume ceilings and adjacent full bath plus fourth bedroom with walk-in closet; finished lower level with recreation room and game room, media room with sound system, full bath and storage; plantation shutters; custom-painted and finished garage interior with upgraded flooring; zoned heating and air conditioning

Amenities: Ault, Clark-designed golf course; club that includes swimming pools, tennis courts, a fitness center and a variety of dining options and social events

Close by: Close to shopping centers in Leesburg and Ashburn (including Dulles Town Center); Dulles International Airport

Schools: Frances Hazel Reid Elementary School, Harper Park Middle School, Heritage High School

Open House: 1 to 4 p.m. July 11

Contact: Realtor Angie Isidro Bresnahan of Weichert, Realtors at 703/955-2510

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