- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 27, 2011

The neighborhoods of McLean, Va., long have been attractive to politicians, attorneys, lobbyists and think-tank staff members who spend much of their time in downtown Washington.

McLean offers an ideal location within easy commuting distance of downtown offices, the Kennedy Center and Georgetown but with a quiet suburban atmosphere for a soothing home environment. In addition, residents can take advantage of living near multiple small shopping areas and neighborhood restaurants as well as being close to Tysons Corner’s shopping malls, offices and restaurants.

Chain Bridge Forest, a community just off Glebe Road near Chain Bridge, offers a private location with mature landscaping and small cul-de-sacs. The home at 5802 Chain Bridge Forest Court, on the market for $1,069,000, rests at the end of a cul-de-sac with three other homes. This two-level home includes generously proportioned rooms, high ceilings and plenty of natural light through oversized windows on all sides.

Built in 1972, this all-brick home has a traditional floor plan, plus a fenced backyard with a flagstone patio. An asphalt driveway provides parking for guests and leads to an oversized two-car garage with plenty of space for storage shelving. A flagstone front walk with low steps winds through the gently sloping front lawn to the home.

The owners have added custom-designed upgrades to their home, including a handsome pair of wood front doors with small glass inserts and sidelights. These doors open onto a graceful foyer with tile flooring, a chandelier and a double-door coat closet. The rest of the main level features hardwood flooring.

The floor plan works equally well for entertaining a crowd or for family life, with formal and informal spaces.

To the left of the foyer is the formal living room, an expansive 25-by-17-foot room. This room has two windows facing the front lawn, hardwood flooring and a wood-burning fireplace with decorative tile surrounds.

The living room opens into the formal dining room, which has a chandelier, hardwood flooring and glass doors leading into the sunroom. The sunroom faces the backyard and trees and has wood and exposed brick walls.

Floor-to-ceiling windows wrap around three sides of the sunroom, and each can be opened to let spring breezes waft through the room. Overhead, the slanted glass ceiling includes miniblinds for controlling the sunlight. The sunroom also has a ceiling fan and wiring for heat and air conditioning, although the owners have found that the space is naturally warm enough in fall and winter and cool enough in spring and summer for year-round use.

Steps lead from the side of the sunroom to the lower-level covered patio and flagstone terrace.

Adjacent to the dining room are the breakfast area and open kitchen. The breakfast area has glass doors to the sunroom. Both the breakfast area and the kitchen have tile flooring and are filled with sunlight from the sunroom doors and windows.

The kitchen includes an abundance of cabinets that reach to the ceiling, undercabinet lighting, new counters and upgraded appliances, including a refrigerator-freezer, a stainless steel oven and cooktop, a stainless steel microwave, a dishwasher and a convection oven.

Next to the kitchen is a laundry room with cork flooring, an upgraded washer and dryer, a wash basin and multiple built-in cabinets with granite counters.

The main-level master suite has high ceilings and oversized windows on two sides. The bedroom has a linen closet and a double-door closet. The newly renovated master bath provides a luxurious retreat with a whirlpool tub and a glass-enclosed ceramic tile shower, recessed lighting, a stone tile floor and tile accents on the walls. Adjacent to the bath is a walk-in closet with built-in shelving and closet organizers.

Nearby is a second bedroom with two closets, custom-designed wall coverings and a large window overlooking the backyard. The full bath off the hall also has been renovated and includes recessed lighting, a tile shower with a glass door, tile flooring and a pedestal sink.

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