- - Thursday, January 19, 2012

While McLean may be known as an enclave for wealthy homeowners who enjoy leafy residential neighborhoods as well as proximity to downtown Washington, few of McLean’s residences compare to the luxury of the homes in the community known as the Reserve.

The custom-designed manor homes in the Reserve are prized for their privacy as well as their location within quick commuting distance of the District and Tysons Corner.

Even among the exceptional homes in the Reserve, the estate at 896 Alvermar Ridge Drive stands out for its elegance and the privacy of its 1.4-acre lot, which rests at the end of a cul-de-sac. Built by Georgetown Design Group in 2004, this 13,245-square-foot residence is on the market for $4,775,000.

A paving-stone front drive leads to a motor court of paved stone at the front of the house, which has a stone walkway leading to a grand two-story entrance framed by Corinthian columns. The landscaped grounds include multiple levels of flagstone terraces, including a large heated swimming pool with an infinity-edge hot tub, an outdoor kitchen and seating area, plus a loggia accessed through multiple sets of French doors.

At the home’s main entrance, the wood-and-leaded-glass double front doors include sidelights and are topped with a dramatic oversized Palladian window. These doors open into a grand reception hall with 20-foot ceilings, marble flooring with onyx accents, custom-designed molding, a powder room, a walk-in closet and a sweeping double staircase with a wrought-iron balustrade. Columns define the entrance from the reception hall into the formal living room, which has a 20-foot ceiling, marble floors and multiple French doors leading to a terrace.

On either side of the reception hall, double pocket doors open into the office and the formal dining room. The dining room features a tray ceiling, oak flooring, a bay window, built-in display shelves and a butler’s pantry with a wine cooler. The office has oak flooring, a tray ceiling, a gas fireplace with a marble hearth and surround, custom-designed bookcases, a bay window, and a set of double doors that opens to reveal a custom-designed built-in desk.

One wing of this level includes a breakfast area, center-island kitchen, sitting and family room, all wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows. The kitchen, breakfast and sitting areas have ceramic tile flooring, and the island has a breakfast bar and a granite top.

The kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, including double dishwashers, double ovens, a six-burner range, a microwave oven, a convection oven and a warming drawer. A second refrigerator and freezer are in the adjacent pantry and mudroom. The family room has hardwood flooring, a built-in bookcase and cabinets, and a gas fireplace.

Nearby are entrances to the three-car garage and a hall with a second powder room, multiple closets and stairs to the upper and lower level.

The master-suite wing, entered through double doors off the reception hall, includes a sitting area with a breakfast bar, a spiral staircase to the lower-level gym and a three-sided gas fireplace shared with the bedroom. The bedroom has a sitting area with a deep bay window and French doors to the terrace, and the suite also includes three walk-in closets. The luxurious master bath has a marble-and-onyx floor, a glass-enclosed multihead shower, a marble soaking tub and two water closets.

The upper level has a second master suite with a walk-in closet and luxury bath with a glass shower and a soaking tub. The third and fourth bedrooms share a connecting bath, and the third bedroom has a bay window. The fifth bedroom has a private full bath and a bay window, and the sixth bedroom has a built-in bookcase and a private full bath. The seventh and eighth bedrooms share a connecting full bath, and each has a built-in desk. A laundry room completes this level.

The finished lower level includes a family room with French doors to the loggia, two recreation rooms wrapped in windows, a full kitchen with a breakfast bar, a second laundry room, a home theater with two levels of stadium seating, a wine cellar that holds 2,100 bottles and a ninth bedroom with a private full bath. The private gym includes an exercise room with a bay window and a spalike bath with a full-size steam room and a walk-in rain shower.

For more information, contact Realtors William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki with Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1620 or visit www.washingtonfineproperties.com.

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