- The Washington Times - Friday, March 22, 2002

Some contemporary architecture seems cold or charmless, full of angles and empty spaces. The contemporary home now on the market at 1431 Waterfront Road in Reston is a far cry from that description.

While this home, priced at $749,000, does have an open floor plan on the main level, its unique details and pale oak flooring add both warmth and whimsy.

Built six years ago by the Gulick Group, this home has three finished levels and includes a myriad of smooth white columns on the first floor with a subtle pattern of ridges at the top and bottom to add interest. The columns serve to frame the two-story foyer, lead guests into the gracious living room and define the open dining room's niche.

Other details in this home include open patterns along the stairwell railing, transom windows and French doors that add even more light, and an art niche above the gas fireplace in the living room.

The main level features a walk-in coat closet off the two-story foyer, 9-foot ceilings, hardwood flooring in the foyer, living room and dining room, and recessed lighting throughout. The owners have installed dramatic and interesting lighting fixtures in the foyer and dining room, which are negotiable for remaining in the house.

To the rear of the home is the kitchen, a two-story space with an adjacent breakfast area and a huge window over the kitchen sink. Corian counters blend beautifully with ceramic tile flooring and pale wood cabinets, and the center island includes a Jenn-Air cooktop. Tall windows on two sides allow light into the breakfast area, which has a built-in desk in one corner. An atrium door leads to the back patio.

The owners added their two-level wrap-around flagstone patio, which has a wall with extra seating for parties and an extended circular patio area that could accommodate a bistro table. In addition, the owners planted honeysuckle that permeates the air with fragrance in early spring, along with crepe myrtle, magnolia and birch trees, and butterfly bushes and forsythia. Birds, butterflies, deer and even the occasional fox wander onto the land behind this house, which is maintained by the homeowners but owned by Fairfax County Public Schools.

Inside, the main level is completed with a study that can also function as a guest suite. The room, currently in use as a den, includes a full-size closet and a door to the adjacent full bath. This bath has been compartmentalized so that it functions as a powder room available to guests, too.

Nearby is a delightfully large and sunny laundry room, with plenty of cabinets to match the kitchen, a large closet, a sink with a cabinet below, access to the garage, and even a built-in bench with storage space underneath for backpacks and sports equipment.

Along the stairs to the upper level are cutouts in the railings that resemble a Chippendale pattern, and to the right of the stairs is a home office that includes a large window-size cutout so that it overlooks the stairs. The office can be closed off and a closet added if future owners want an additional bedroom.

The owners added an oversized bedroom over the garage, a room with a vaulted ceiling and a deep window niche with a removable built-in desk. The other bedroom on this level has a painted ceiling of the night sky, and an unusual configuration of windows that meet in the corner and fill the room with sunlight. These two bedrooms share a large full bath that has a linen closet.

On the opposite side of the stairs is a loft area overlooking the foyer and outside the master suite, which can be used for a library, exercise room or computer space. Double doors open onto the master bedroom, which has windows with transoms above on two sides and a dressing area flanked by his-and-hers walk-in closets. The master bath features a corner soaking tub with walls of windows including transoms on either side, an oversized, glass-enclosed shower, two separate vanities with sinks, a linen closet and a separate compartment for the commode.

The finished lower level includes a rough-in for a wet bar, which means that the plumbing is in place, along with vinyl flooring and a pass-through to the recreation room. The L-shaped recreation room has recessed lighting, windows, and a walkout to the back yard.

The lower level also includes a large guest suite, a full bath, large closets and an unfinished storage area.

Newport Shores, a community of 32 single-family homes with access to Lake Newport, features dark gray cedar siding blended with gray-toned brick, with the front doors, railings and chimney cap of each home painted an eye-catching teal green.

A walking trail connects the homes with the lake and a tot lot and basketball court, and residents can also walk to the elementary school, the Lake Newport Olympic-size swimming pool and the North Point shopping center.


Address: 1431 Waterfront Road, Reston, VA 20194

Community: Newport Shores

Age: Six years

Price: $749,000

Size: About 4,518 finished square feet on lot of 6,390 square feet

Taxes: $6,512 in 2001

Exterior features: Contemporary-style brick-and-siding with varied rooflines and unique windows; professional landscaping; two-car garage.

Interior features: Five bedrooms, four full baths, unique architectural details including columns and unusual railing designs, open floor plan with living room and dining room defined by columns, two-story kitchen and breakfast nook, French doors and atrium doors to patio, first-floor den/bedroom with access to full bath, first-floor laundry room/mudroom with closet, built-in bench, cabinets and sink. Upper level has office with opening to staircase, upper-level landing for use as library, exercise room or computer space, and luxury master bath with oversized whirlpool tub and separate shower. Finished walkout lower level has rough-in for a wet bar, a finished L-shaped recreation room, bedroom, bath and unfinished storage area.

Amenities: Two-level flagstone patio with stone wall for extra seating; lake access via walking path through community; fireplace in living room; multitude of windows; recessed lighting.

Close by: Walking distance to elementary school, minutes to Reston Town Center, North Point Village Center, Lake Anne Village Center, near Washington Dulles International Airport

Schools: Buzz Aldrin Elementary, Herndon Middle, Herndon High

Open house: By appointment only

Contact: Realtor Sharon White of Walker Real Estate at 703/856-1356.

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