- The Washington Times - Friday, March 2, 2001

When the former owners of the home at 434 Montpelier Road in Great Falls found their hidden 3.5-acre home site at the end of a private drive, it was graced with a charming New England-style Colonial house. It was charming, but unfortunately tiny.
Instead of simply razing the house and starting over with a new structure, the owners decided to build a new section adjacent to the old. At the same time, the mechanics of the original structure were replaced, including a new furnace, water heater and more.
The resulting residence includes approximately 6,333 finished square feet of living space on three levels, with a meandering floor plan that lends itself perfectly to family life or entertaining a crowd.
This hidden treasure has been updated further by the current owners and placed on the market for $1.25 million. It is part of the Chinquapin Manor neighborhood.
A circular driveway in the front gives visitors a place to pause and admire the charms of this home, which has a three-car garage attached to it by a brick breezeway with columns on two sides. This breezeway is the perfect spot for curling up with a book or a glass of lemonade on a summer day, waiting for company to arrive or just admiring the lush green lawns in the front and back of the home.
The newer portion of the home is adjacent to the breezeway, and the older section, with a lower roofline, is beyond the new section. Nearby is a barn/storage structure with water and electricity, designed to resemble the main house. Behind the home is a multilevel deck and a garden that has been professionally landscaped with year-round greenery and stacked stone garden-wall accents. Thick woods surround the lawn and garden.
The main entrance to the home, into a spacious foyer with oak flooring and oak stairs, offers a glimpse of the elegant details of the residence. The main-level rooms feature crown moldings, solid six-panel wood doors and hardwood flooring. A formal living room and formal dining room flank the foyer, each with a faux fireplace with an antique mantel from an old home in Charleston, S.C.
The dining room includes a crystal chandelier and ceiling medallion, French doors to the breezeway and a double wooden door to the kitchen.
The spacious kitchen includes a triple sink with windows overlooking the rear yard, granite counters, custom-designed pickled-wood cabinets with brass hardware, and a center island with a brass bar sink. A brass chandelier graces the breakfast bar; the appliances include wood panels to match the cabinets; and the room features hardwood flooring, crown moldings, recessed lighting and a deep pantry. The laundry room is nearby.
The breakfast room adjacent to the kitchen includes windows on three sides overlooking the rear yard.
The family room adjacent to the kitchen features a rear wall of windows, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting and French doors to the deck. On the other side of this room is a sitting room with a vaulted ceiling, part of the original home. Perfect uses for this space include making it a music room or reading nook, and the area also serves as a great bar setup area between the two living areas for entertaining.
Near the sitting room are a powder room and a huge walk-in closet with shelving that serves as a second pantry. A French door leads into the entry hall for the second family room.
This second family room has a cathedral ceiling, walls of windows on three sides, a raised-hearth brick fireplace, oak floors and a sliding glass door leading to a cozy private balcony. Adjacent to this family room is a second kitchen with a wall of windows overlooking the rear yard, a white ceramic-tile counter, white appliances and a tiled floor. The kitchen is perfect for use by caterers or family members on a daily basis.
The lower level of this original portion of the home includes a sunny large library or home office with windows on three sides, a brick fireplace, track lighting, a built-in desk and bookshelves and a glass door to a private side patio with a view of the woods. Nearby are two sunny and charming bedrooms with ivory carpeting and white walls. These rooms share a white ceramic-tile bath that has a linen closet.
The main house has an additional lower-level recreation room, a huge L-shaped space with a glass door to the rear yard, large windows, recessed lighting, crown moldings, a full white ceramic-tile bath and storage spaces, including a cedar closet.
The upper level of the main house features an L-shaped master-bedroom suite with oak flooring, crown moldings, a faux fireplace in the bedroom with an antique mantel that matches those in the living room and dining room. The room includes two walk-in closets and a built-in closet unit with drawers and hanging sections in the dressing area. The luxurious master bath includes a marble floor, a skylight over an oversize whirlpool tub, a separate shower and a double vanity.
Two additional large bedrooms are on this level, each with hardwood flooring, large windows and crown moldings. These rooms share a hall bath with a vanity built into one corner as well as a standard vanity and ceramic-tile flooring. Stairs lead from a hall closet to an enormous unfinished attic with windows on three sides and deep dormer windows.
The unique combination of the old and new sections of this home offers endless possibilities for using the spaces. The older portion easily could function as an extensive in-law suite or home office on one or both levels or as a guest home similar to those on some large estates. Or it could remain incorporated as it is now into the main home for family use. Either way, the floor plan creates a sort of rambling farmhouse effect even though the main house retains a traditional center-hall Colonial design.


Address: 434 Montpelier Road, Great Falls, Va. 22066
Community: Chinquapin Manor
Age: Original section 1971, new section 1991
Price: $1.25 million
Size: Approximately 6,333 finished square feet on lot of 3.5 acres
Taxes: $7,297 in 2000
Exterior features: New England-style Colonial with dormer windows; tree-lined private drive leading to circular drive and three-car garage; brick herringbone-pattern walkway and front steps; brick breezeway between house and garage; separate barn/storage building with water and electricity.
Interior features: Five bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, hardwood flooring, formal living room, formal dining room, center-island kitchen and breakfast room, family room, sitting room, second family room/sun room, catering kitchen, master suite with two walk-in closets and luxury bath, attic storage, recreation room, library/home office with access to private patio.
Amenities: Multilevel deck, wooded privacy and lush level lawn, invisible electric dog fence, night lighting, professional landscaping, two heating systems, security system, several rooms wired for sound.
Close by: Great Falls village, Reston Town Center, Dulles Town Center, Washington Dulles International Airport, Cascades Shopping Center
Schools: Forestville Elementary School, Cooper Intermediate School, Langley High School
Open house: By appointment only.
Contact: Realtor Pam Smith of Long & Foster Real Estate at 703/905-0600

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