- The Washington Times - Friday, February 9, 2001

Exquisite woodwork, including elaborate crown moldings and wainscoting, are a hallmark of a Eugene Cullinane-built home, along with graciously designed rooms meant for living in the grand style.
Built 10 years ago by Mr. Cullinane, the estate home now on the market at 7709 Carlton Place in McLean features a unique L-shaped design that allows the immense living spaces to be separated from each other and yet linked through a grand foyer. Priced at $2.495 million, this all-brick country manor offers a sophisticated yet warm environment for residents to enjoy all year long.
Honey-colored oak flooring on the main and upper levels glides from the front door through all the rooms, seven custom-designed fireplaces warm the home in winter, and built-in shelving and cabinets have been added to nearly every room. Little touches every closet in the home has an automatic light increase this house's pampering effect. The owners added charming cushioned window seats in many unexpected places, adding a touch of coziness to some of the rooms.
Gracious entertaining in any season would be easy, as the grand foyer could hold a crowd for cocktails or serve as a dance floor for a ball. Palladian windows rise from the floor to the ceiling, and elaborate Colonial-style moldings line the walls, including crown moldings, chair-rail moldings and wainscoting.
Broad steps of slate and brick lead from the drive to the front terrace, where guests could enjoy a summer evening. Across the back of the home is a custom-designed slate terrace on two levels, with brick pillars and wrought-iron railings. The lower terrace level surrounds a heated in-ground swimming pool and hot tub, and mature trees add privacy across the back of the home.
The home has been designed so the library and the living room each can have windows on three sides. The private library at the front of the home features a fireplace, a cozy window seat, a crystal chandelier, clear pine paneling and custom-designed bookshelves. The oversized living room has an arched doorway. It is sunken, which augments the effect of the tall ceiling. A marble fireplace, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and French doors to the terrace make this a warm and inviting room. Faux-finished fluted columns and moldings create an appearance of marble along the walls.
Nearby, the embassy-sized dining room features a wall of French doors to the terrace along with a gracious marble fireplace flanked by Palladian windows. A crystal chandelier, sconces, and elaborate Colonial-style moldings including dentil moldings, chair-rail moldings and wainscoting enhance the elegance of the room.
A butler's pantry links this room to the spectacular kitchen.
The original owners wanted their kitchen to be full of light, and their plan included opening the kitchen to the upper level, where a gallery overlook surrounded by windows floods the room with daylight. The kitchen also has French doors for easy access to the slate terrace, a granite center island with a gas cooktop, granite counters, ceramic-tile flooring, raised-panel maple cabinetry with under-cabinet lighting, track lighting, ceiling speakers, state-of-the-art appliances and a walk-in pantry.
Next to the kitchen is perhaps the warmest part of the home, a pale cherry-paneled morning room and family room. Fluted wood columns separate the spaces, and there are marble fireplaces in both rooms. The morning room includes built-in china hutches and Palladian windows, while the family room features built-in bookshelves and recessed lighting.
Another unique feature of the home is a long promenade or sun portico with marble flooring that features a row of French windows leading to the front terrace. The promenade links the family room with the grand foyer and has access to the kitchen and to the rear stairs to the lower level.
Upstairs, double wood doors with etched glass inserts open onto a spacious master bedroom with a fireplace, built-in bookshelves and a high ceiling with cove lighting. The adjacent master bath features a towering ceiling with an octa-gonal mirrored skylight, pale green marble flooring and vanities, an oval whirlpool tub, and separate his-and-hers lavatories connected by an oversized marble shower with three showerheads and glass doors on either end. Separate room-sized his-and-hers walk-in closets are accessible from the bathroom and feature built-in organizers.
Three additional bedrooms on this level each has a private full bath, volume ceilings, walk-in closets and honey-colored oak flooring. At the center of the wing with the secondary bedrooms is the gallery overlooking the kitchen. Nearby, wood stairs lead to the partially finished attic level that is currently used as a storage room. Windows surround the attic on three sides and a high ceiling soars above it, creating a perfect space for finishing as a studio, home office or children's study or playroom.
The finished lower level has been designed for casual entertaining, family relaxation and exercise.
At the center of this level is a game room/recreation room with an octagonal tray ceiling, parquet flooring, a raised-hearth brick fireplace, built-in book-shelves, French doors to the terrace, and a custom-designed wet bar with a wraparound granite counter and a compact refrigerator.
Nearby is an exercise room/ fitness center with oak parquet flooring, clear pine cabinetry, a ceramic-tile shower and a sauna. A curving hall leads from the exercise room to the cabana area, where guests and residents using the outdoor pool will find a changing room with a sink and a separate powder room. An outside entrance links this area to the terrace, and a ceramic-tiled kitchenette with space for casual dining has been placed for easy entertaining.
The lower level also includes a fifth bedroom with a private full bath and French doors to the terrace, a room-sized wine cellar with a temperature and humidity-controlled environment and walls of wine racks, a powder room, a laundry room, and plenty of closets and storage rooms.
The systems of the home include zoned gas and heat pump heating and air conditioning, four water heaters, two humidifiers, a central vacuum system, an in-ground sprinkler system and a sophisticated security system.
While this manor features rooms designed for formal entertaining on a grand scale, it is filled with warm and cozy places for privacy and family life.

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