- The Washington Times - Friday, January 18, 2002

Eighteen years ago, the owners of the home at 10511 Walter Thompson Drive in Vienna designed and built their contemporary-style home to replicate a home they had seen in their original homeland, Hungary.

Now on the market for $669,000, this home in Hunters Valley North offers a natural private oasis set on a lot of more than 2 acres and minutes from the town of Vienna and the Vienna Metro station.

Designed to accommodate a large family and plenty of friends, this stylish home makes the most of its private location nestled in the woods and facing parkland.

A large portion of the back wall of the home has four wide floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the woodland views and flood both the lower and upper levels with daylight. Additional light flows into the sunken living room from a large skylight placed at the top of a wide, cone-shaped ceiling.

Outside, a cedar walkway leads to the front of this cedar home. A large deck off the breakfast area provides space for enjoying the natural life outdoors and dining al fresco. Downstairs, a 52-foot-long deck off the recreation room offers more space for relaxing and entertaining in pleasant weather. Beyond the deck is a level lawn area that leads to the tree line and parkland. No other homes are visible from the rear of the house.

Inside, double front doors lead into a large foyer with a mirrored wall of closets and a powder room. This large room also serves as a vestibule to buffer the rest of the house from cold or rainy weather. Just beyond the foyer, the home opens into a free-flowing floor plan, with rooms blending into one another and few walls to obstruct the view of the forest from the two-story windows at the back of the house. Parquet flooring flows from room to room, complementing the wooded views outside.

The central space is the sunken living room with its dramatic skylit ceiling. Along one side of the home is a large home office with windows on two sides. Seven phone lines lead into this home, and prewiring for computers, phones and videos has been installed in six rooms.

Nearby is an oversized formal dining room with a window framing woodland views, a wide doorway to the living room, and a narrow one leading into the kitchen.

For entertaining close friends more casually or simply enjoying family time, the modernized kitchen is open along one side with a breakfast bar and a huge breakfast area that could also function as a family room. Off the breakfast area is the upper-level deck. The kitchen has a window over the corner double-sink, light oak cabinets, and a Jenn-Air convection oven and a six-burner stove. The breakfast area overlooks the two-story recreation room and has space for a large table, chairs, and a couch and bookshelves.

Across the living room is the upper-level bedroom wing, which includes two master bedroom suites. To the rear of the home, the bedroom overlooks the woods and includes a wall of closets with mirrored doors, a vanity outside the bathroom, and a full bath that includes a bidet and a combination tub and shower with a seat. The similarly designed second master suite also has a wooded view toward the front of the house, along with a wall of closets and a private full bath.

A dramatic spiral staircase leads to the above-ground lower-level recreation room, a large open space with parquet flooring, a fireplace and woodland views. Large gatherings could easily be accommodated in this room, which has a built-in bar at one end in front of a paneled wall. The parquet flooring makes this open space perfect for a large dance party.

Two more bedrooms, each with wall-to-wall carpeting, are placed below the master suites, each extremely large with oversized closets along the walls. These two bedrooms share a full bath that has been upgraded with a new vanity and a whirlpool tub. Nearby is a finished storage room that can function as a craft or hobby room, as well.

On the opposite side of the recreation room are two more bedrooms and another full bath. The rear bedroom enjoys windows on two sides framing woodland views and a wall of closets with built-in shelving. The sixth bedroom also has plenty of closet space and windows on two sides. The large full bath shared by these rooms and accessible to guests includes a vanity with extra storage drawers.

This level also includes a big finished laundry and storage room, as well as another unfinished storage space. The oversized two-car garage, accessible from the upper level, has additional storage room.

The large bedrooms are separated enough from each other to create a sense of privacy and space, a feeling that is complemented by the home's location. In addition to the woods surrounding the home, the Hunters Valley neighborhood retains its privacy by being accessible from only one road (Wickens Road off Hunter Mill Road). Bridle paths weave through the subdivision, and joggers or walkers can go for miles without leaving the community.

The 600-acre Hunters Valley subdivision, originally owned by the Wickens family, has been developed in consideration of their wishes with mostly custom-designed homes on large sites. Residents can join the Hunters Valley Riding Club for $100 per year, which maintains miles of riding trails and facilities with riding rings and jumps, along with a full program of lessons and activities.

This bucolic lifestyle seems all the more remarkable because Hunters Valley rests within minutes of the Vienna Metro station, the town of Vienna and Oakton's many shopping areas. Tysons Corner, Reston and Washington Dulles International Airport also are nearby.


Address: 10511 Walter Thompson Drive, Vienna, Va. 22181

Community: Hunters Valley North

Age: 18 years

Price: $669,000

Size: 5,716 finished square feet on site of 2.06 acres

Taxes: $6,130 in 2001

Exterior features: Contemporary-style cedar home, shingled roof, cul-de-sac location, long driveway leading to parking pad and two-car attached garage, cedar walkway to front door.

Interior features: Six bedrooms, four full baths, powder room, large foyer with closets, parquet flooring throughout home, open floor plan, sunken living room, large home office, oversized dining room, modern kitchen with breakfast bar and large adjacent breakfast area, two-story recreation room with fireplace and wall of windows, utility, laundry and storage rooms.

Amenities: Private lot surrounded by mature trees, deck, patio, borders on parkland, dramatic spiral staircase leading to two-story recreation room, large skylight and cone-shaped ceiling over living room, whirlpool tub in one bath.

Close by: Vienna Metro station and Interstate 66 minutes away; Washington Dulles International Airport; shopping centers in Vienna and Reston.

Schools: Oakton Elementary; Thoreau Middle; Madison High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Helen and Lance Landseadel of Coldwell Banker Stevens Realtors at 703/938-6109

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