- The Washington Times - Friday, May 25, 2001

When McLean neighbors heard that the home at 6444 Old Chesterbrook Road was being put on the market, they begged Long & Foster Realtor Diane Bellaschi to hold the home open for viewing.

Since the custom-designed home was built in 1993, local residents have admired its distinctive Southern charm from the front and longed to get a further look at the promising interior.

Professional landscaping has so enhanced this home, designed by Morris-Day Architects, that the Landscape Contractors Association gave it an award in 1998 and it was chosen for display in Southern Living magazine.

Unique architectural details prevail indoors and out, with wraparound porches giving the home a classic appeal outside and transom windows over all fixed and casement windows in the home adding to the home's airy ambience.

Now on the market for $1.095 million, this residence will appeal to sophisticated buyers with a taste for architectural drama along with classic living. The focal point for the home is the formal dining room at the center of the main level, which has 20-foot ceilings and cherry wood paneling that reaches to 10 feet in height where it is topped by carved cornices and moldings.

Above the paneling are painted walls and multiple windows. Transom windows and skylights fill this room and surrounding rooms with light. Off to one side of the dining room is an enormous walk-in china closet with space for storing all entertaining supplies.

While guests' eyes will be drawn immediately to the dining room, the foyer where they are led after pausing on the front porch features skylights of its own, plenty of windows and double guest closets. A gallery with raised cherry paneled walls leads from the foyer to various entertaining and family areas of the home.

The formal living room features a marble fireplace, custom-designed bookcases and an atrium door to the covered rear porch. Nearby is the library, which has built-in bookcases, an atrium door to the porch, and a full bath across the hall. The bookcases have been designed for easy removal so future owners can convert this room into a first-floor bedroom.

On the opposite side of the foyer are the more casual rooms, starting with a family room with a wood-burning fireplace surrounded by custom-designed tiles in teal and black and an arched built-in bookcase and mantel.

Nearby are the kitchen and breakfast area, both of which have atrium doors leading to the wraparound porch. The kitchen features Corian counters, white raised-panel and glass-fronted cabinets, a double ceramic sink and a separate additional preparation sink or wet bar, and a built-in oven and microwave. A bookshelf divider separates the breakfast area and kitchen. A generously sized home office beside the kitchen features windows on three sides framing restful garden views.

The wraparound porch has been designed with a wood-paneled ceiling above, allowing use in almost any weather. At the center of the porch are steps leading to a flagstone terrace surrounded by brick trim and low stone walls that hold flower beds. Elegant trees and plantings have been placed for maximum screening from neighboring properties, and a sprinkler system helps keep the property in perfect condition without too much effort by the owners.

The owner's suite on the upper level features a tray ceiling with a ceiling fan and custom-designed, plantation-style shutters on all the windows, which gives the room a tropical feel. A sky-lit dressing area features a built-in vanity with a multitude of drawers, and on either side are his-and-hers walk-in closets with closet organizers.

Nearby is a luxurious private bath with a soaking tub, a commode area with a pedestal sink and another vanity with a sink. A gallery overlooking the foyer and dining room below separates this master suite from the other bedrooms.

Two additional bedrooms on this level share a hall bath. Each bedroom has a walk-in closet, and one includes a charming "Romeo and Juliet"-style narrow balcony overlooking the back garden.

The lower level has been partially completed with a large recreation room with a full wall of custom-designed, built-in book-cases and cabinets and an atrium door to a covered flagstone terrace with steps leading to the main terrace.

The recreation room has tile flooring and is in use as an exercise room. Nearby are the fourth bedroom and an adjacent full bath. The laundry/utility room includes built-in shelving and cabinets and plenty of space for household projects. On the opposite side of the recreation room is a huge unfinished storage space that could be used as expansion space for this level.

This home also includes three-zone gas heat, a surround-sound stereo system in the living room, dining room, family room, recreation room and master bedroom, gas hot water and two humidifiers, and an alarm system.


Address: 6444 Old Chesterbrook Road, McLean, Va. 22101

Community: Elnido

Age: 8 years

Price: $1.095 million

Size: About 4,400 finished square feet on lot of .31 acres

Taxes: $9,673 in 2000

Exterior features: Southern Colonial-style wood with front porch, circular brick paved driveway, extensive professional landscape for low-maintenance garden, oversized two-car garage with windows and storage.

Interior features: Four bedrooms, four full baths, 9-foot and 10-foot ceilings on lower level, foyer skylights, formal living room with marble fireplace, dramatic dining room with cherry wood paneled walls and 20-foot ceiling, library with adjacent full guest bath, family room with fireplace, white-on-white kitchen with adjacent breakfast area, home office overlooking garden, finished lower level recreation room/exercise room with glass door to flagstone steps and patio, lower level bedroom and full bath, oversized laundry room with high ceilings, storage areas, master suite with his-and-hers walk-in closets, dressing area with vanity and skylight, luxury bath.

Amenities: Covered rear wraparound porch, flagstone patio, transom windows over all windows in home, sprinkler system throughout yard, three-zone gas heat (new in 2000), sound system, alarm system.

Close by: Minutes to McLean's shopping area, Tysons Corner; downtown Washington via Chain Bridge

Schools: Franklin Sherman Elementary School, Longfellow Middle School, McLean High School

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Diane Bellaschi of Long & Foster Real Estate at 703/905-7242

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