- The Washington Times - Friday, December 21, 2001

Some homes are meant to be enjoyed the most during holiday seasons, when they can come alive with friends and family members. The owners of the home at 639 Nalls Farm Way in Great Falls designed their residence and built it with the help of a custom builder from Connecticut.

Placed on a tree-lined knoll, the home offers palatial living space meant to be shared every day by beloved grandchildren, adult children and friends.

Now on the market for $2.1 million, this 2-acre property includes a swimming pool with a lovely, landscaped yard and outdoor entertaining areas, including a large gazebo and a deluxe built-in gas grill with six burners and a ceramic tile work area.

Two balconies off the upper level overlook this charming yard and offer the best views of distant mountains.

The stone and white-painted brick exterior offers a distinguished introduction to this Colonial-style home, which has a brick pillar entrance, a circular drive, and a three-car side-entry garage. Landscape lighting accentuates the professional plantings that surround the home, and a lighting company annually brings the home's Christmas lights out of storage and installs them.

Guests are welcomed in the two-story foyer, which has architectural columns and extensive moldings. An intricately designed marble floor leads to a step up into the hall, which has hardwood flooring. A dramatically angled central oak staircase with white pickets leads to the upper level and separates the foyer and the great room at the rear of the home.

The two-story great room has a wall of windows framing views of the pool and gazebo and includes hardwood flooring, extensive moldings and two ceiling fans. Along one wall is a gas fireplace with a marble surround and a Colonial mantel flanked by extensive built-in shelving. Along another wall is a full bar with a marble counter and a full-size refrigerator. Pocket doors can be closed to hide the bar when it's not in use.

The owners attended to every detail when building their dream home, including adding a tiny door in the hall off the living room so that wiring for the large screen TV and stereo system would be accessible. A television has been built into the ceiling in the master suite so that it's nearly invisible yet easily viewed from the bed.

The formal living room and formal dining room flank the foyer, with a gas fireplace with a marble surround, three Palladian windows, and a wall of built-ins including space for the large screen television in the living room. The dining room features a deep tray ceiling that has been painted with a blue sky and puffy clouds, and includes a bay window. Both of these rooms feature hardwood flooring and extensive moldings.

Nearby is the billiard room for after-dinner relaxation. This room has built-in seating, cherry paneling below the chair-rail molding and matching wood plantation-style blinds on all the windows. On the opposite side of the main level is the library, which has a vaulted ceiling, cherry paneling, a wall of cherry built-in cabinets and shelves, and a gas fireplace with a marble surround and Colonial-style mantel.

The owners designed their extensive kitchen to accommodate friends and family who can comfortably relax in the keeping room by a fireplace or in the breakfast area. The keeping room, a term used in Colonial times for the place where families would gather to stay warm and relax, includes an entertainment center over the fireplace. Ceramic-tile flooring covers the entire area and blends with the cherry cabinets and granite counters. The kitchen has two islands, one an enormous work area with a bar sink, and the other a two-level space with a cooktop and breakfast bar. One of the owners loves to cook Mickey Mouse-shaped pancakes at this grill while chatting with his grandchildren.

Tall windows with transoms above surround the breakfast area and keeping room, which includes a door to the patio.

The main level also includes a glamorous master suite, with a luxurious bath featuring marble flooring and counters, cherry cabinets, a whirlpool tub and a double-headed glass-enclosed shower. His-and-hers walk-in closets include plenty of built-in shelving. The bedroom includes a sitting alcove,a tray ceiling and a door to the patio and pool area.

On the opposite side of the home is a service wing attached to the house but also including a separate front door. This wing has a main-level bedroom with windows on two sides and a full ceramic-tile bath next to a door to the swimming pool. The laundry room and access to the garage are nearby. Up a private staircase is a bedroom suite with a full bath, a large sitting room with dormer windows, and a large bedroom with two closets. This section of the house makes a perfect nanny suite or in-law suite.

Upstairs, each of the three bedrooms includes a full private bath and a walk-in closet. One of the front bedrooms includes a private balcony overlooking the back yard. In addition, a loft area has been left open overlooking the great room and with a door to a second balcony. The loft could function as a playroom, children's study or reading room. The owners designed this space so that children playing are visible from the kitchen in a mirror on the great room wall.

The lower level was originally left unfinished, but the owners decided to have some fun designing more space for entertaining their friends and family. One owner wanted to create a space resembling the gentlemen's smoking lounge on the Titanic, so the recreation room features lighted stained-glass panels and a handsome cherry bar with a brass foot rail and a full-size refrigerator. A full-size dishwasher also was installed. A climate-controlled wine cellar with a glass door is nearby. Columns and half-walls separate the bar area from the sitting area, which has a gas fireplace with a mantel and marble surround. A glass door leads outside to a small flagstone patio. Handsome paneled walls reveal an enormous unfinished storage space beyond the sitting room.

This level also includes a full bath with an oversized steam shower with a seat, and a large exercise room with a mirrored wall, a TV bracket on the wall and a cedar closet. Nearby is a large den or home office with a closet. The owners enjoy spending a lot of time with their grandchildren in their huge craft room, which has built-in counters, drawers and shelving, a double laundry sink and a painted concrete floor for easy clean-up.

Other features of this home include art niches, recessed lighting, ceiling fans, and a host of conveniences such as a central vacuum system, two audio systems with wiring and built-in speakers in almost every room, a video distribution system for all televisions, a personal computer network in most rooms, a security system, five-zone heating and two humidifiers.

The owners have enjoyed building their home on a grand scale and sharing it with friends and family members. New owners need only bring their furniture and a sense of fun.


Address: 639 Nalls Farm Way, Great Falls, Va. 22066

Community: Great Falls West

Age: Six years

Price: $2.1 million

Size: About 8,000 finished square feet on lot of more than 2 acres

Taxes: $12,189 in 2001

Exterior features: Custom-designed Colonial style with white-painted brick and stone exterior; sited on tree-lined knoll; brick-pillared entrance to circular drive, three-car side-entry garage, professional landscaping with landscape lighting, white cross fencing with invisible mesh at back of property.

Interior features: Six bedrooms; 7 1/2 baths; five fireplaces; formal living room; formal dining room; great room; billiard room; kitchen with breakfast area and keeping room; library; first-floor master suite with large bath and two walk-in closets; bar and butler's pantry; service wing with entrance to pool, full bath, main-level bedroom, upper-level bedroom with sitting room and full bath; upper-level loft overlooking great room; finished lower level with recreation room and adjacent sitting area, full bath, exercise room, craft room, home office or den.

Amenities: Outdoor swimming pool with adjacent gazebo, built-in six-burner gas grill with ceramic tile work area; two balconies and small side patio.

Close by: Near Great Falls Village, Reston Town Center, Sterling and Cascades shopping centers

Schools: Forestville Elementary, Cooper Middle and Langley High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Pam Smith of Long & Foster Realtors in Great Falls at 703/579-1111.

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