- The Washington Times - Friday, July 6, 2001

Hidden in the woods of Vienna, a road undulates to a cluster of three custom homes, each with its own personality. The house at 10531 Hunter Station Road resides in a private grove through which a natural trail winds to a gentle stream.

Deer tiptoe by, hundreds of birds flit among the trees, and horses with riders occasionally make their way past the house to the stream.

Now on the market for $675,000, this home represents the mingling of the owners' wishes and the builder's desire to create an interesting house nestled comfortably on its 2-acre woodland site. A gravel drive and parking area lead to the detached two-car garage, a picket fence and the gate that opens into the front yard.

Gray-painted cedar siding covers both the house and the garage, allowing the two structures to blend into the surrounding trees. The owners have carefully land-scaped the grounds around the house with low-maintenance plants and a few splashes of colorful annuals.

Between the garage and the house lies a serene oasis: a flagstone patio with a gazebo on one end and a small swimming pool and adjacent spa at its center. Water splashes gently from the spa into the pool, creating a peaceful sound in the nearly silent grove of trees. Outdoor living space has been added with two large decks, each wrapping around part of the house, and a balcony off one of the upper-level bedrooms.

The owners and their architect designed the house with nearly all its windows facing south to maximize exposure to the sun and added a huge skylight in the large two-story foyer that pours light into many of the rooms. At the same time, many of the rooms were given odd shapes and angles to allow for tall windows to frame the woodland views. Pale oak hardwood flooring flows on both finished levels of the home, and detailed moldings and trim add elegance.

Many of the rooms feature wood trim around the windows, which adds warmth to the home and emphasizes the closeness of the trees.

The dramatic foyer has marble flooring at the center, surrounded by hardwood flooring. Directly ahead is the formal living room a few steps down from the foyer. The living room includes a fireplace and two sets of French doors leading to the deck.

The formal dining room features a floor-to-ceiling window on one wall and mirrors on another that reflect the trees. Just outside the dining room is a large china closet.

The owners created a large, warm French country-style kitchen with Mexican tile flooring, a seemingly endless number of custom cherry cabinets and a custom-built cherry island with a Corian counter and storage below. The appliances are barely 2 years old and include two cooktops. The adjacent breakfast area features a door to one of the decks, and a built-in desk in one corner has bookshelves above.

The other side of the main level has been designed for expansion to a first-floor guest suite. The family room has an adjacent full bath and also has multiple floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the woods. An exterior door from the family room opens onto a covered area that could be converted to a screened-in porch, a deck or even another bedroom.

Upstairs, each private bedroom suite is arranged around the gallery overlooking the foyer. The master suite at the rear of the home has soaring ceilings with a ceiling fan in the center and two sets of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the woods. A walk-in closet is at one end of the room, and the luxurious bath at the other side includes two vanities with sinks, an oversized shower with a seat and a deep whirlpool tub with six windows creating a light-filled, yet private, alcove.

The second bedroom has a door to a private balcony, a window seat overlooking the swimming pool, two closets and a private full bath. The third bedroom, currently being used as a home office, has two walk-in closets and a private full bath.

This level also has an exceptionally large and pretty laundry room with built-in cabinets, a folding counter and a soaking sink for hand washing.

The lower level is ready for finishing, with a step-down area already built that echoes the living room above, an alcove suitable for a fireplace or a media center and two sliding glass doors to the rear yard. Two adjacent spaces include above-ground windows as well. The owners added a wine cellar to the space where roughed-in plumbing awaits the installation of a full bath. Two extra-thick insulated doors on either side of the wine cellar maintain the perfect temperature and humidity for storing the bottles.

Other amenities include a security system and two-zone gas heat and electric air conditioning.

Living amid towering trees in the silence of nature would seem to be possible many miles from civilization, but this home is located within minutes of shopping centers in Reston and Vienna and within com-muting distance of Tysons Corner, Dulles and even downtown Washington.


Address: 10531 Hunter Station Road, Vienna, Va. 22181

Community: Hunter Station

Age: 17 years

Price: $675,000

Size: About 3,500 square feet on 2-acre lot

Taxes: $6,595 in 2000

Exterior features: Freshly painted pale-gray cedar siding, private road leading to gravel drive and parking pad, detached two-car garage, picket fence enclosing front yard, deeply wooded setting

Interior features: Contemporary-style home with skylights; south-facing windows; angled rooms; three bedrooms; four full baths; light oak hardwood flooring; living room with fireplace, two sets of French doors to deck; formal dining room; large family room; French-country-style kitchen with two stoves, center island, built-in desk and bookshelves, access to deck, breakfast area; full bath on main level; luxury master bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower; wine cellar in unfinished lower level.

Amenities: In-ground pool and attached spa surrounded by flagstone patio with a gazebo; several decks off main level; balcony off one bedroom.

Close by: Reston Town Center, Tysons Corner, Vienna, and Dulles Airport

Schools: Sunrise Valley Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle, South Lakes High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Rosie Harsch of Long & Foster Realtors at 703/242-4289 or visit the Web site (www.rosieharsch.com)

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