- - Thursday, September 27, 2012

Perched high on a hill in the Potomac Hills neighborhood of McLean is an elegantly remodeled split-level home. Set on a secluded lot and surrounded by professionally landscaped grounds, this home offers privacy and approximately 3,250 square feet of living space on four finished levels.

On the market for $979,000, the home at 6201 Kellogg Drive was completely renovated earlier this year with a vision of entertaining on a grand scale as well as accommodating intimate family life.

Residents can walk to the Highlands community swimming pool and tennis courts, Marjorie Leven Nature Preserve and the Linway Terrace Park, a Fairfax County park with athletic fields, a tennis court, a basketball court and a playground. A short drive takes residents to the Chesterbrook shopping center and the center of downtown McLean’s many restaurants and shops.

Commuters can reach the District via Chain Bridge Road or the George Washington Parkway, take Metro from the West Falls Church station or drive to Tysons Corner.

The all-brick home includes landscaping in the front and the back with an underground sprinkler system. The fully fenced backyard, framed by mature trees for privacy, includes an upper and lower patio with a retractable awning. Flagstone steps lead to the front porch.

Throughout this home, architectural details and custom-designed touches add to its sophistication. A leaded-glass entrance door leads to the elegant foyer, which has rustic Italian tile flooring and deep window molding. Just off the foyer is the formal living room, which has a dramatically oversized wood-burning limestone fireplace with a Tuscan travertine hearth and surround and a pewter screen.

The living room and adjacent formal dining room both have hardwood flooring and tray ceilings with double crown molding. The dining room opens to both the living room and the kitchen and has been designed for large gatherings. A crystal chandelier with linen shades is overhead, while a 6-foot granite breakfast bar/serving buffet has pendant lighting. The dining room has built-in storage.

The newly renovated kitchen has been designed for two cooks to work at the same time, with plenty of work and storage space. The stainless steel appliances include a refrigerator, a two-door oven and induction cooktop, a microwave and convection oven, and a dishwasher. The warm maple cabinets have an upgraded glazed finish and textured-glass accents that are complemented by an Italian glass and ceramic tile backsplash. The kitchen also has ceramic tile flooring, contemporary light fixtures, a window with a deep granite sill and a glass door to the upper patio.

A short flight of stairs leads to the upper level, which has hardwood flooring and has been reconfigured to expand the master suite and add closet space. A coat closet and a linen closet are off the upper-level hallway, which also has pull-down stairs to additional attic storage.

The master suite has four large windows, recessed lighting, elaborately detailed moldings, a walk-in closet, and two standard closets with built-in drawers and organizers. The bedroom also has a niche for a dresser and television.

The luxurious master bath has been remodeled with European flair, including tiled wainscoting on the walls with a ceramic tile accent, cove and recessed lighting, two vanities with deep sinks, two niches with ceramic tile counters and extra storage space, a lighted shower area with tiles to the ceiling, a linen closet, and two windows.

The upper-level hall bathroom has a deep soaking tub with a mosaic tile niche, ceramic tile flooring and walls with mosaic trim, cove lighting and a mirrored glass niche. This bathroom is shared by two bedrooms. The second bedroom has crown moldings, three closets with built-in storage and dresser drawers, a lighted built-in vanity or desk with a granite counter and shelves. The third bedroom has double crown molding and a large closet with built-ins.

This home has two lower levels, with the first designed to function as a family room or a private in-law studio suite. French doors lead into the family room, which has Italian ceramic tile flooring and space for dining as well as entertainment. Extensive built-in cabinets include 54 square feet of granite countertops for the wet bar and entertainment area. The wet bar has an under-counter refrigerator, a wine cooler, an icemaker, a coffeemaker and a microwave, while the entertainment area accommodates a big-screen television and has been wired for cable/satellite service, Internet and telephone service. A floor-to-ceiling quartz gas log fireplace warms this space in colder weather, while four large windows, a picture window and a glass patio door frame views of the lower patio and backyard.

This level also has a fourth bedroom or library with French doors opening to the hall, hardwood flooring, three windows, double crown molding and a closet. Adjacent to the bedroom is a luxurious bath with a porcelain vanity, a whirlpool tub, ceramic tile flooring, a linen closet and tiled walls.

The second lower level has both an entertainment or media room and a game room. These open spaces can accommodate a large party or a pool table and include four windows for natural light as well as recessed lighting. An architecturally designed and lighted wall can accommodate a large-screen TV and has wiring for cable/satellite service, Internet and telephone with niches for speakers and gaming consoles.

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