- The Washington Times - Friday, July 21, 2000

While the neighborhoods of Potomac and Great Falls are known for their lovely homes offering privacy and landscaped home sites, many other communities in the Washington area hide sophisticated homes in convenient and attractive locations.
Chapel Lake Estates in Annandale, located off Wakefield Chapel Lane between Braddock Road and Route 236, offers charming cul-de-sacs of elegant homes shaded by towering trees. Yet residents here are only a little more than a mile from the Beltway and are within a few minutes of shopping centers, a library, doctors and dentists, a post office, and Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale. A popular summer draw for the community is the Wakefield Chapel pool, within walking distance of most of the homes.
The home at 4804 Autumn Lake Way is on the market for $695,000. Just 9 years old, this stately Colonial home with three sides of brick is atop a rolling hill with a backdrop of trees and professional landscaping. Garden beds, including an Oriental garden, have been placed around the property for pleasant views from every window. At the rear of the house a deck is shaded by the trees and has latticework below that hides a large storage shed. A flagstone patio off the lower level is accessible through sliding glass doors and a wood staircase to the upper-level deck.
Despite the many adjacent trees, the inside of the home remains sunny and bright, with an open floor plan and high ceilings that emphasize the sense of space and light. The entire main level has 9-foot-high ceilings, and several rooms have unusual ceiling shapes. The front door opens onto a two-story foyer with hardwood flooring and a curving oak staircase. A brass chandelier is a focal point in the center of the space.
Open to the foyer is the formal living room, which has hardwood flooring, a dramatically angled cathedral ceiling, and a huge picture window with a Palladian window above. An oversized doorway connects the living room with the formal dining room, which has hardwood flooring, crown and chair-rail moldings, a ceiling medallion, and two tall windows overlooking the back yard.
A pocket door connects the room with the kitchen, giving residents the option of closing the room when entertaining formally but allowing open circulation at other times.
The gourmet kitchen, with 15 by 12 feet of space open to the adjacent 12-by-10-foot breakfast bay area, is dominated by a center island with a Jenn-Air gas cooktop, and warmed by hardwood flooring. Corian counters, pull-out drawers, under-cabinet lighting, a Lazy Susan, a trash container drawer, a desk area and a pantry add to the efficiency of this well-designed space. French doors lead from the breakfast area to the deck.
Open to the breakfast area is a step-down family room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with a raised hearth, flanked by Palladian windows. More windows along the rear wall overlook the back yard, and a glass door leads to the deck.
At the front of the house is a library with a picture window overlooking the front lawn, French doors, hardwood flooring, and a deep closet. The nearby powder room is adjacent to this closet, allowing space for converting it to a full bath if another guest suite is desired.
Also on this level is a laundry room connected to the garage. A second walk-in pantry is located off the laundry room.
A curving wood-railed staircase leads off the foyer to the lower level, which has a large above-ground recreation room with glass doors to the flagstone patio, recessed lighting and plenty of space for casual entertaining. Adjacent to the recreation room is a large fifth bedroom with a double closet and a private full bath. Nearby is a spa room with a hot tub that conveys to the new owners and plenty of space for exercise equipment. Beyond the spa room is an enormous partially finished storage room that has potential for further expansion if desired.
The upper-level master suite features a double-door entrance, a dramatic tray ceiling, windows on two sides with views of the trees and garden beds, and two walk-in closets. The skylit bathroom features his-and-hers vanities, a deep soaking tub under a window, a separate shower and ceramic-tile flooring.
Nearby, the second bedroom features a huge front window, a walk-in closet, and a private full bath. On the opposite side of the gallery overlooking the foyer are two more bedrooms, each with a walk-in or double closet. A connecting bath with pocket doors and a linen closet links these two bedrooms, and a second linen closet is found in the hall.
Other amenities of the home include pull-down stairs to attic storage space, two-zone gas heat, a central vacuum system and a security system. The owner also commented that this home easily accommodates many decorating styles, with both contemporary and traditional furnishings blending equally well with the architectural design.

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