- - Thursday, June 30, 2011

Washingtonians who are in on the secret know homes on the Mason Neck peninsula in Fairfax County offer panoramic views of the Potomac River and an atmosphere akin to living in a secluded country estate hours from civilization.

The secret is that residences in this area are little more than 30 minutes from downtown Washington and Old Town Alexandria and minutes by boat from National Harbor’s abundance of shops and restaurants. The Mason Neck peninsula also offers thousands of acres of federal, state and regional parkland and wildlife refuges and river views.

Eagles Landing on the Potomac, a spectacular estate on 11 acres at 11521 Potomac Road in Lorton, is on the market for $5,374,000. Eighteen miles from the District, this estate includes 440 feet of Potomac River frontage and 670 feet of frontage along the banks of a freshwater tidal marsh. Almost the entire back of the home, which faces the river, has floor-to-ceiling walls of glass.

Designed by architect Carroll C. Curtice, Eagles Landing has more than 15,000 square feet of living space on four levels. The main house has five bedroom suites, including two master suites with river views, six full baths, a powder room and six fireplaces. One of the five bedrooms is in a lower-level in-law or au-pair suite with a private entrance. The grounds include a carriage house with a three-car garage below and guest quarters or an artist’s studio above.

This Georgian-style manor house can function as a private family compound for a luxuriously secluded lifestyle or as a corporate retreat. The formal rooms on the main level easily can accommodate crowds of guests for entertaining. Many of the rooms have 12½-foot ceilings, and each room in the mansion has been meticulously completed with marble and hardwood flooring, crystal chandeliers, detailed trim around the doors and windows, and crown molding.

The home features a sweeping staircase to the front doors, which open into a spectacular two-story foyer with marble flooring and a floating, gently curving staircase to the upper level. Two levels of arched windows at the back of the house enable water views to be visible from the front entrance. This area forms an elegant reception space for formal entertaining.

The main level features archways into the formal dining room and the formal living room on either side of the foyer. The dining room includes a marble fireplace, crystal chandeliers, deep window seats and delicately carved built-in cabinets and display niches. The living room has window seats, a fireplace, elaborately detailed molding and an entrance to the adjacent billiard room.

The family room includes French doors leading to the arbor and an open view into the kitchen, a custom-designed space with arches, an exposed brick wall, top-of-the-line appliances and granite counters. The adjacent morning room features beamed ceilings, arched windows and French doors to the arbor. The arbor, a glass-enclosed space facing a grove of trees, has a slate floor, a coffered ceiling and one wall of exposed brick.

The main level also has a library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, a bay window and both river and marsh views. Both the library and the living room have entrances into the billiard room, which has a window seat set into a deep bay window with a view of the marsh.

The second floor includes a master suite with a bay window facing the river, a dressing room and a luxurious bath. This level has three more bedrooms, including a larger bedroom with a bay window facing the river.

The third floor includes a waterfront balcony, a full bath, an office or study and a den with skylights in both rooms.

The lower level has an in-law suite with a bedroom and full bath, a living room, a dining area, two recreation rooms, an exercise room and a large storage room.

For more information about Eagles Landing, call Susan Gray Chambers, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, at 703/518-8300 or visit www.cbmove.com.