- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 14, 2010

Contemporary-style homes are sometimes disparaged as being cold, but no one could claim that about the Gulick Group’s patio home at 1435 Waterfront Road in Reston.

On the market for $925,000, this single-family home has warm hardwood flooring and myriad windows that blend the indoors and out. Mature trees and extensive landscaping give privacy to this home, which sits on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Newport Shores development in the North Point village of Reston.

Natural materials and colors have been used inside and on the exterior of this house to complete the connection between the trees outside and the open yet comfortable interior.

This home, which includes a two-car garage, has been enhanced with a custom-designed stone patio. Natural stone walls enclose garden beds and complement the stone patio, which has built-in low stone walls for extra seating during outdoor parties.

Residents of this Reston home may have a hard time staying home sometimes, though, with so many recreational amenities and entertainment opportunities at their doorstep. Walking trails meander throughout the town and connect to the Washington and Old Dominion rail trail. Swimming pools, tennis courts, soccer fields, basketball courts and two community centers are available to residents, along with multiple lakes and a nature center.

Lake Newport is within walking distance of Newport Shores. Reston children grow up exploring woods by day and attending outdoor concerts or ice-skating at Reston Town Center in the evening. Multiple shopping centers are available with local shops and restaurants, and Reston Town Center has become a destination for its array of movie theaters, shops, cafes and restaurants.

In addition to local attractions, the home at Waterfront Road is close to the Fairfax County Parkway and the Dulles Toll Road. The planned Wiehle Avenue Metro station will be nearby.

The home on Waterfront Road offers a dramatic setting for any style of decor and has more than 5,300 finished square feet of space for family living and entertaining. Built in 1995, this home has five bedrooms and four baths on three levels of living space.

The open floor plan of the main level lends itself to family togetherness and to entertaining a crowd. The two-story foyer provides immediate visual access to much of the main level, which has hardwood flooring that was finished in place. A walk-in closet is located just off the foyer. Columns are used to define the great room, which has a gas fireplace, a ceiling fan and French doors to the patio.

A separate dining room has a bump-out space with three rectangular windows and two side windows. Columns are used to define this room as well as the great room.

Friends and family will find plenty of space for cooking, chatting and doing homework in the center-island kitchen and adjacent breakfast area. The Gulick Group is well known for its placement of spectacular walls of windows, and in this home, the kitchen and breakfast area receive this treatment. Above the kitchen sink is an oversized picture window with a circular window above that reaches to the ceiling. The breakfast area includes a built-in desk and a corner wrapped in two walls of windows.

The kitchen has recessed lighting, granite counters, ceramic tile flooring, a pantry and a vaulted ceiling. A glass door leads from the kitchen to the stone patio for easy outdoor meals.

The main level also has a bedroom with a double-door closet and a private door to a full bath that is also accessible from the hall. The bedroom has windows that wrap around the corner of the room.

Nearby is an oversized laundry room and mudroom with a door to the garage, a built-in bench and a closet.

Upstairs, the master suite has a double-door entrance into a spacious bedroom with a triple window, a ceiling fan and a bump-out perfect for placing a dresser. A second set of double doors opens from the bedroom into the dressing area, which has two walk-in closets and is open to the master bath. The bath has a deep soaking tub set under two oversized windows, a separate shower, two vanities and granite counters. A separate commode room includes a door to a storage closet.

This level also has a loft overlooking the foyer and great room and a home office that is open to the upper-level hallway. Adjacent to the office is a large bedroom with a closet and two dormer windows. Another bedroom is nearby. These two bedrooms share a hall bath.

The finished lower level includes a ballroom-size recreation room with recessed lighting, a gas fireplace and space for a media area, a sitting area and a game room. A custom-built bar with a granite counter serves all areas of the recreation room. A glass door leads from the game room to the patio.

The lower level also has a fifth bedroom and a full bath. A large storage room completes this level.

The light-filled rooms of this Newport Shores home offer flexibility for today’s lifestyle, so some of the bedrooms can be shifted to use as an extra home office or an exercise room. No matter which way each room is used, the warmth of this home will remain.

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