- - Friday, July 22, 2011

If you long to gaze daily on the view enjoyed by visitors to Mount Vernon, you may want to consider owning the spectacular home at 7808 Southdown Road just south of Alexandria. This classic Colonial-style mansion, built in 2006 by Bart Boucher, rests on two-thirds of an acre overlooking the Potomac River.

Though Old Town Alexandria is just minutes away, the property feels like a luxurious country retreat, and your most frequent visitors will be hummingbirds, woodpeckers, rabbits, foxes and other wildlife.

On the market for $3,555,000, this home has Potomac River access, a dock and a new 120-foot pier. The water depth can accommodate powerboats and sailboats, and the dock has space for more than six boats.

The property includes a side-entry three-car garage with additional parking spaces adjacent to it. The all-brick exterior includes a two-story front porch with columns, wrought-iron railings on the upper-level Juliet balconies and brick-and-stone detailing above the windows.


The home has approximately 7,110 finished square feet on three levels and includes six bedrooms, six full baths and two half-baths. Six rooms, including the master suite, have sweeping views of the Potomac River.

Every room has been carefully designed, and the property has been professionally landscaped to enhance the natural beauty of the lot and the river. The home has an elevator, cherry flooring throughout the main and upper levels, Berber carpeting on the lower level and dentil crown molding in many rooms. All the custom-designed window treatments will convey to the new owners.

Dramatic double front doors with glass inserts open into the two-story foyer, which has marble flooring and a crystal chandelier as well as a cherry staircase leading to the upper level. Decorative columns frame the entrances to the family room and the formal dining room.

The family room includes a fireplace, a ceiling fan and a set of French doors flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows. The formal living room has been designed to capitalize on the river views with three oversized Palladian windows. It also has a ceiling fan.

Perhaps the most dramatic room of this home is the library, which has 20-foot ceilings, a Palladian window and walls of built-in cherry bookcases with arches and detailed woodcarving.

The center-island kitchen includes cherry cabinets, upgraded stainless steel appliances and a walk-in pantry. The appliances include a commercial-grade four-burner cooktop with a griddle, a warming oven, a gas oven and a convection oven. The adjacent breakfast area includes three floor-to-ceiling Palladian windows.

The main level also includes a guest bedroom suite.

Upstairs, the master-bedroom suite overlooks the Potomac through multiple windows and includes a Juliet balcony. The bedroom includes a sitting area, a ceiling fan, cherry flooring and a tray ceiling with dentil molding. The adjacent master bath includes marble flooring, an oversized whirlpool tub and a separate shower. The suite also has two walk-in closets.

The upper level has three additional bedrooms, each with an adjoining full bath. This level also has a laundry room.

The lower level has been designed for casual entertaining and includes a media room with surround sound and a projection TV. In addition to the media room, this level has a family room, a game or exercise room and a large walk-in cedar closet. A powder room and a sixth bedroom with a full bath complete the lower level.

The home has zoned heating and air conditioning, instant hot water and a gas water heater.

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