- The Washington Times - Friday, June 15, 2001

The pond behind the house at 738 Forest Park Road in Great Falls can be seen from many angles. Because the owners can view it from many rooms, particularly the stunning two-story family room, the pond seems to flow all the way to the edge of the house.

A fountain also spurts high into the air and fills the quiet neighborhood with a gentle splashing, and exterior lighting even allows for the fountain to be visible at night.

Now on the market for $979,000, this 8-year-old classic, Colonial-style home rests on a cul-de-sac of other stately homes on a beautiful 1.4-acre site. Perennial garden beds reveal the homeowner's passion for gardening, and the mature trees along the lot's edges were another part of the appeal for the original owners. About 75 percent of the home had been built when they bought it, and the few custom features they added are mostly in the partially finished lower level.

The main entrance leads into the two-story foyer, which has hardwood flooring and natural oak stairs, a brass chandelier and two coat closets. Crown and chair-rail moldings and wainscoting are found in the foyer and most of the home, along with soothing pastel tones of paint and restful wallpaper prints.

The formal dining room has elaborate wainscoting with wallpaper above, and a butler's pantry leading to the kitchen. The formal living room has Palladian windows that match those in the dining room, and two arched doorways that echo the window design lead into the adjacent sunroom. French doors lead from the living room to the back hall, and a two-sided masonry fireplace has a marble surround and a Colonial-style mantel.

The sun room shares the two-sided fireplace with the living room, which in this room has a brick raised hearth. Large windows on two sides fill this room with sunlight, and the natural oak flooring gleams underfoot. Near the sunroom is the library or home office, which has large windows on two sides, a built-in desk and bookcases, and a view of the pond.

Next to the library is a powder room and a hall leading to French doors that open onto a small deck overlooking the pond.

The focal point for this level, and the room where family and friends gather most when not outdoors, is the two-story family room. At the center of the rear wall is a two-story brick fireplace with a raised hearth and brass and glass doors. Palladian windows on three sides of the room overlook the pond, and a set of French doors opens onto the main deck. Two skylights on the vaulted ceiling allow sunlight to flood this room, the foyer and the gallery overlook on the second level.

Next to the family room is the center-island kitchen, a sea of white cabinets and appliances and pale-gray counters. The owner loves the light-and-bright look of this kitchen, which has a Jenn-Air cooktop and grill, a desk, a walk-in pantry, a coat closet, access to the garage, and a breakfast area with French doors to the deck. Some of the family's favorite meals have been enjoyed on the deck overlooking the pond.

Upstairs, the master suite occupies one secluded side of the home, with a double-door entrance leading to a charming room with a vaulted ceiling and a large sitting alcove beneath one of the two Palladian windows in the room. Two walk-in closets, a large linen closet and an additional closet under the eaves provide plenty of storage space for the owners, and the closet area includes a dressing area with a vanity and sink.

The bath includes another vanity and sink, a glass-enclosed shower with two shower heads, and a whirlpool tub with a skylight above and windows on two sides.

Across the home is another bedroom large enough to be a second master suite, with a sitting alcove or office area underneath a Palladian window, a large walk-in closet and a private full bath.

The third and fourth bedrooms share a hall bath, with one room having a private door to the bath. The laundry room on this level includes a closet, shelves and a laundry tub.

The lower level features a recreation room with two windows overlooking the pond, and an adjacent huge unfinished area with a rough-in for a bath and six windows with a view of the pond. One of the owners' unique changes to the home's original design is a "tandem" garage for parking extra cars end-to-end. If a future owner is not interested in maintaining this additional garage space, the garage door could be replaced with a wall. Other windows are already in place.

Amenities include a security system and gas heat and hot water. Joint ownership of the pond and fountain costs about $300 per year for this house for electricity and $400 per year for mowing the grass between the pond and the main road.

The owners have lovingly maintained this home in pristine condition for their eight years and enjoyed the pond in all seasons. The home's garage and recreation room have been the perfect setup for this family as they raised their teen-agers, and it now awaits new owners to create their perfect nest.


Address: 738 Forest Park Road, Great Falls, Va. 22066

Community: Allegro Pond

Age: 8 years

Price: $979,000

Size: About 5,120 feet on lot of 1.4 acres

Taxes: $8,175 in 2001

Exterior features: Colonial-style brick front overlooking a pond with a fountain, professional landscaping, two-car side-entry garage, cul-de-sac location

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, two-story foyer, two-story family room with brick fireplace, formal dining room, formal living room with fireplace, sun room, library, center-island kitchen and breakfast area, finished lower-level recreation room, hardwood flooring, skylights, master bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower

Amenities: Water views from all rear windows, night lighting for pond and fountain, two decks with views of pond, second garage with space for two additional cars parked in front of each other.

Close by: Minutes to Great Falls Village, near Capital Beltway

Schools: Great Falls Elementary School, Cooper Middle School and Langley High School

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Pam Smith of Long & Foster Real Estate at 703/579-1111

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