- The Washington Times - Friday, November 26, 2010

The Chesterbrook area of McLean, Va., attracts residents who appreciate the beauty of gently rolling hills, towering trees and proximity to downtown Washington. Residents here can reach the city in minutes or drive to Arlington or Tysons Corner, Va., or downtown McLean for shops, restaurants and work.

The average recent sales price for homes in this section of McLean is $1,587,000, according to listing agent Bill Detty of the Huckaby Briscoe Group of Keller Williams Realty.

The single-family homes in the Birchwood community in Chesterbrook represent a variety of styles, in part because many of the original 1960s ramblers have been expanded and modernized in recent decades. The home at 6418 Noble Drive, on the market for $1,098,000, was built in 1965 and remodeled in 2004. The extensive addition nearly doubled the home’s size and created a warm focal point for the home while leaving an expansive backyard.

While the carefully designed addition is appealing, the home’s location may be an even bigger draw. Residents can walk to Chesterbrook Elementary School and can reach Longfellow Middle School and McLean High School in a short drive. The home rests on a quiet street just off Kirby Road, yet within minutes, residents can reach dozens of shops and restaurants in McLean or head into Georgetown or downtown Washington.

The home sits on about a quarter-acre, with level lawns and professionally landscaped garden beds in the front and back of the home. A flagstone front walk leads to the flagstone front stoop. The backyard ends at a row of towering trees with a wooded area on the opposite side of the fence.

The home at 6418 Noble Drive in McLean is on the market for $1,098,000. An extensive addition that nearly doubles the home's size was built in 2004. A one-car carport is underneath the addition, as is a shaded patio.
The home at 6418 Noble Drive in McLean is on the market ... more >

The custom-designed addition to the home is raised above ground level in the back of the house, adding a carport for one car. A second car could be parked in tandem under the addition, and there is also a one-car garage and an asphalt drive with more space for off-street parking.

The addition also creates a shaded patio for dining or relaxing out of the sun. Plenty of additional space is available for relaxing outdoors in the rest of the backyard.

The home has been meticulously maintained by the owners and includes discreet universal design features that allow for easier access for someone with limited mobility or using a wheelchair. The former rambler has all the main living areas and bedrooms on one level, with a lower level for added living space. Universal design features include widened doorways and carefully placed light switches and outlets, plus a shower with a gently sloping entrance instead of a step.

The original section of this all-brick rambler was remodeled in 2004, when the addition was designed and built. The front door opens into a foyer with hardwood flooring and a spectacular view of the trees at the back of the property.

To the right of the foyer, a wide doorway leads into the formal living room, which has hardwood flooring, a picture window and a wood-burning fireplace with a brick surround, a slate hearth and a mantel.

The living room has crown molding and a wide doorway into the adjacent formal dining room. The dining room has crown and chair-rail molding, hardwood flooring and a chandelier. A doorway in the dining room opens to reveal oak stairs leading to a floored attic storage area.

While the living room and dining room provide elegant spaces for entertaining, the family spends most of their time in the dramatic two-story addition to the home, an open family room, breakfast area and kitchen with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows facing the woods. A soaring cathedral ceiling includes recessed lighting, while hardwood flooring blends with the colors of the nearby trees.

The 25-by-18-foot family room doubles as a gathering area for large groups and a space for casual family dinners. Two sets of picture windows with transoms frame views of the manicured backyard and trees. Crown molding and oversized trim for the windows and doorways add character to this room.

The family room is open to the kitchen, which has a generously sized breakfast bar and granite counters. The kitchen includes hardwood flooring, custom-designed cabinets - including a wine rack - and stainless steel appliances.

French doors lead from the family room into another section of the addition, a conservatory that also functions as a library. The conservatory shares the two-story cathedral ceiling of the family room and also has a wall of windows facing the woods. Floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases are set along one wall, and the room has two more tall windows facing the side yard.

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