- - Thursday, March 1, 2012

Fairfax County, the third-wealthiest county in the United States, according to the Census Bureau, offers a wide range of housing options and neighborhoods.

Some of the most sought-after homes are in communities with elegant single-family homes, plenty of land and open space for family life and yet proximity to commuter routes and employment centers such as Tysons Corner, McLean and the District.

The Manors at Wolf Trap, just minutes from Tysons Corner, McLean and downtown Vienna, offers stately Colonial-style single-family homes built to meet today’s buyers’ demands for light-filled rooms and plenty of flexible space. The home at 9003 Lupine Den Drive in Vienna, on the market for $1,249,000, offers a pristine, landscaped setting along with an abundance of space for casual living and elegant entertaining.

The home features a brick front with a covered front stoop with columns and a copper roof. Black shutters punctuate the brick facade, and the brick continues on two sides of the home. Professional landscaping, including garden beds, mature trees, lawns and shrubbery surrounds the 5,700-square-foot home, which sits on a half-acre on one of the highest elevations in the neighborhood.

An expansive rear deck is accessible from the family room and the sunroom and includes a few steps down to the lush lawn, a perfect yard for gardening and children’s play areas. The property also has an attached, side-entry three-car garage with overhead shelving that adds to the home’s abundance of storage.

Inside, guests can be welcomed in the two-story foyer, which has hardwood flooring and hardwood stairs and is full of natural light from the sidelights around the front door and the oversized second-floor window. A step down leads to the formal living room, which has hardwood flooring, crown molding and four tall windows framing views of the front and side yards.

Between the living room and the first-floor study is a powder room with a pedestal sink. French doors lead into the study, which has recessed lighting and a triple window.

On the opposite side of the foyer is the formal dining room, which has seating for at least eight. The elegant room includes hardwood flooring, a chandelier, wall sconces, and crown and chair-rail molding. Double doors link the dining room with a hall leading into the kitchen. The hall has two closets.

Columns flank the entrance to the main-level family room, which has a gas fireplace, a flat-panel TV that conveys, a bar with built-in cabinets, recessed lighting, and hardwood flooring. The family room has floor-to-ceiling windows with transoms and custom-designed blinds on three sides of the room, along with double doors that open onto the deck.

While all the rooms in this home have myriad windows and natural light, the kitchen, breakfast area and adjacent sunroom are wrapped in walls of windows to blend the indoor and outdoor space. The kitchen includes maple cabinets, Corian counters, a ceramic tile backsplash and recessed lighting.

The center island features a five-burner gas cooktop and seating for two, while an adjacent L-shaped counter has seating for four. The kitchen also has recessed lighting, a convection microwave oven, a side-by-side refrigerator, a dishwasher, a double sink and a walk-in pantry as well as a desk with maple cabinets.

The adjacent sun-filled breakfast area has access to a rear staircase and a laundry room/mudroom with ceramic tile flooring and extra cabinetry.

The breakfast area has a step down into the sunroom, which has a Palladian window flanked by two tall windows at one end and two additional walls of windows. The sunroom also has ceramic tile flooring, a ceiling fan and double doors to the deck.

Upstairs, the master suite has a double-door entrance off the main hall into a foyer that opens into a sitting room with a 12½-foot ceiling and two walls of windows. A step up from the sitting room is the bedroom, which has a 10½-foot ceiling and three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. The adjacent master bath has a whirlpool tub, a double-sink vanity and a separate shower with a seat. Two doors lead from the bath into his-and-hers walk-in closets.

The upper level includes a second bedroom with vaulted ceilings, a ceiling fan, a sitting area and an oversized walk-in closet. This bedroom shares a connecting bath with the third bedroom, which has a double-door closet. The fourth bedroom has a walk-in closet and shares an adjoining bath with ceramic tile flooring with the fifth bedroom, which has a double-door closet. All of the upper-level bedrooms have carpet.

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