- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 21, 2010

Great Falls, Va., has a well-earned reputation for spectacular estate homes in a wide range of styles. Zoning rules restrict lots to 1 acre or larger, ensuring that each home will have the privacy residents desire. Winding roads pass between these homes, while woods and creeks form a bucolic backyard setting for most properties.

The home at 10010 High Hill Place, set on 1.79 acres in the Falcon Ridge section of Great Falls, is on the market for $3,895,000. This custom-designed home, built in 1995, is in a private setting with panoramic views of green lawns and lush landscaping from every window. The property was landscaped by landscape designer George Brown, known to many because of his appearances on “The Martha Stewart Show.”

The grounds include gardens and tiered patios for entertaining outside or enjoying the peace of country living. In addition, there is a four-car garage.

The grounds and mansion provide an ambience evoking the French countryside, with elegantly designed rooms, marble flooring imported from France and art niches throughout the home. The architect and the craftsmen who built this home 15 years ago paid particular attention to details such as the ornate crown and baseboard molding found throughout the home.

The grand size of the rooms lends itself to formal entertaining, yet there are plenty of spaces to relax with a friend or a book or a cup of tea. Many rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, skylights, hardwood flooring and built-in bookcases, and the ceilings in various rooms are tray ceilings, coffered ceilings or turreted ceilings.

Guests can be welcomed in the grand foyer, which has marble flooring and an elegant split staircase with a dramatic chandelier that draws eyes toward the upper-level gallery overlook.

The main level includes a formal living room with arched entrances and a Palladian window, and an octagonal piano room. The formal dining room has arched entrances, a deep bay window, a fireplace with an elaborately carved marble mantel, and built-in china cabinets.

The main-level library serves as refuge on cool days, with walls, floors and a coffered ceiling of warm wood, built-in bookcases and a custom-designed mahogany fireplace.

The two-story family room draws residents all year with its floor-to-ceiling windows, views of the gardens and stone fireplace. Adjoining the family room is a sitting room with a stone fireplace and walls of arched windows framing garden views. The sitting room provides a cozy space for quiet conversations or communing with nature.

The gourmet kitchen and breakfast area share a wood-burning fireplace, walls of windows and an abundance of wood cabinets. The kitchen has two islands, ceramic tile flooring, granite counters and top-of-the-line appliances. A charming decorative tile backsplash rests behind the double stainless steel ranges. The adjacent butler’s pantry has its own ice machine and refrigerator.

The main level also has one full and one half bath, a mudroom, and a utility room with walls of cabinets and granite counters.

Upstairs, a charming sitting area with multiple built-in cabinets and shelves and an overlook into the foyer leads the way into the master suite. Tray ceilings, columns and arched entrances add glamour to the suite, which includes an office, a sitting room with a fireplace, a large bedroom, a dressing area, two walk-in closets and a luxurious bath. The suite also includes a private catering kitchen. The marble bath features a circular whirlpool tub set on a pedestal surrounded by columns.

Each of the four additional bedrooms on this level has its own full bath and distinctive charm, including a turreted sitting room in one.

The finished top level includes a game room with skylights overhead, an exercise room, a loft or home office, and a bedroom with a full bath.

The finished lower level, accessible from two staircases, includes an appealing octagonal wine cellar with brick walls. Other rooms on this level include a bedroom with a full bath, a billiard room, a bar and an embassy-sized recreation room with arches, columns, a fireplace and sliding glass doors to a patio with a fountain.

For more information or an appointment to view this High Hill Place estate, contact Realtor Karen Briscoe with the Huckaby Briscoe Group of Keller Williams Realty at 703/734-0192 or visit www.HuckabyBriscoe.com.

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