- The Washington Times - Friday, May 4, 2001

Some homeowners prefer to buy a house, furnish it to their taste, enjoy it for a while and then move on to the next place. Others take pleasure in improving their home, even if it hardly needs improvement, and in main-taining their home beyond the usual tasks so it keeps that "new home" feeling.

For the lucky potential buyers of the residence now on the market at 10308 Greenwood Place in Oakton, Va., the original owners of the home are the second type of people.

Priced at $699,000, this brick-front Colonial-style home looks as if it has never been lived in but rather provided as the model for visitors to a new community.

The owners have made improvements as major as adding a heated swimming pool with an automatic cleaner, expanding the deck across the back of the home and adding more French doors for access to the deck. They also have made minor improvements that add to the value of the home, such as wrapping the outside trim in vinyl for durability, refinishing the hardwood floors, and tinting the windows to provide privacy and to protect the furniture from sunlight.

Guests are welcomed in the two-story foyer, which is flanked by the formal living room and formal dining room. The living room features a marble fireplace and double doors that open onto the rear study, a room with French doors to the deck.

Throughout the main level, elegant touches have been built into the home, including hardwood flooring, recessed lighting and detailed crown moldings. The dining room features wainscoting on the lower walls and floral wallpaper above, a deep bay window and a chandelier.

Adjacent to the dining room is a butler's pantry with oak cabinets and glass doors that match the center-island kitchen. The owners have upgraded this kitchen with a triple sink, double ovens, a new refrigerator, a cooktop on the island, a deep pantry and hardwood flooring. Double windows over the sink frame a view of the back yard, and French doors lead from the breakfast area to the deck.

Near the kitchen is an enormous laundry room with windows, a closet, a sink and a door to the side yard. Future owners may want to convert this space to a computer room or children's study, as it is ideally next to the kitchen and yet separate from the rest of the home. The garage access also is nearby.

On the opposite side of the breakfast area is the dramatic focal point of the home, a two-story family room with skylights and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace flanked by Palladian windows. The side walls also have tall windows and French doors that lead to the deck and to the sparkling blue swimming pool with its Mediterranean-style tile border. Entertaining outdoors will come naturally to future owners of this home, as built-in seating has been placed in a variety of places around the 1,300-square-foot deck and plenty of space is available for outdoor dining tables and lounge chairs.

Upstairs, the bedrooms are arranged around a gallery that overlooks the foyer and family room. The spectacular master suite features a cathedral ceiling with a ceiling fan and two deep dormer windows with under-eaves storage.

The 24-by-18-foot bedroom provides space for both a sitting room and sleeping area, and three oversize walk-in closets have been designed with built-in shelving and drawers. His-and-hers baths are placed on either side of one of the walk-in closets. One of the baths has a whirlpool tub and a glass-enclosed shower and the other has a double-head oversized glass shower. Each has a vanity and commode, along with skylights and windows.

The second bedroom has a private full bath and a large closet. Two additional bedrooms across the gallery share a large con-necting bath with a separate compartment for the bathtub and commode and a double vanity in another section.

The lower level of this home has been left ready-to-finish, with a rough-in for a future bath, a sliding glass door to the side yard, and space for a variety of rooms.

Amenities in the home include two-zone heating and air con-ditioning, two water heaters, an electronic air cleaner, a security system, an intercom system and a sprinkler system to pamper the low-maintenance professional landscaping. A pool table, a workbench, and swimming pool supplies including a solar cover convey to the new owner.

Residential property in Oakton is highly sought-after these days because of the beautiful winding roads of the community and its close proximity to the Vienna Metro station and Interstate 66. This home, in Oakcrest Farm, sits near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded by lovely homes and gardens.


Address: 10308 Greenwood Place, Oakton, Va. 22124

Community: Oakcrest Farm

Age: Built 1988

Price: $699,000

Size: About 4,354 finished square feet on lot of 13,184 square feet

Taxes: $6,753 in 2000

Exterior features: Brick-front Colonial-style with vinyl siding, two-car garage, professional landscaping, sprinkler system.

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, two-story foyer, formal living room, formal dining room, study, two-story family room, center-island kitchen, two fireplaces, laundry room, walkout lower level with rough-in plumbing.

Amenities: A heated in-ground swimming pool with automatic cleaner and patio, multilevel deck, master suite with multiple closets, his-and-hers baths.

Close by: Near Vienna, Vienna Metro station, Tysons Corner, Reston, Washington Dulles International Airport, neighborhood shopping in Oakton

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Realtor Michaelina Marconi of Long & Foster Realtors at 703/556-8600, Ext. 155

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