- The Washington Times - Friday, May 24, 2002

When visitors and residents turn off Balls Hill Road onto Hooking Road in McLean, they enter a street of interesting homes set on either side of a wide road, with green lawns, mature trees and lovely gardens surrounding each home.

Constructed of wood, brick and glass, these homes blend with the trees and enjoy a quiet setting even though the neighborhood is minutes from the Beltway and McLean's busier streets.

The contemporary home at 7315 Hooking Road, built 22 years ago, was embellished with an architect-designed addition about 10 years ago that blends seamlessly into the rest of the floor plan. Soaring ceilings, skylights, custom-designed lighting and walls of glass enhance the light and add drama to this home, which is on the market for $1 million.

This McLean Station residence, set back from the street with a sweep of green lawn in front, has a curving staircase of stone and wood leading to a set of custom-made solid wood front doors with etched glass inserts. The exterior is wood and brick.

Inside, the home has three connected foyer areas with ceramic-tile flooring. The central foyer has a large display niche with a mirrored back, an arched doorway to the living room, a sloping wood ceiling and an open staircase leading to the upper and lower levels.

Nearby is a second foyer area with an arched doorway to the dining room and one into the family room. A double coat closet and a large powder room are adjacent to this foyer. The third foyer leads into the recreation room.

The formal living room has one wall of windows overlooking the back yard and complementary arched doorways to the dining room and foyer. Both the living room and the adjacent dining room have mirrored sections below the windowsill of the wall of windows, and those sections reflect light back into the room. The dining room also has a set of oversized French doors leading into the sunroom.

Hardwood floors and a vaulted ceiling with a ceiling fan light add warmth to the sunroom, which has French doors to the yard and a wide wooden deck. Floor-to-ceiling windows on one wall frame views of the trees and shrubs at the side of the house. The sunroom also is open to the kitchen and breakfast area.

The owners worked closely with their architect to design a modern and functional kitchen that is open to the breakfast area and sunroom and separated from the family room by a distinctive curving glass-block wall. Custom white cabinets have adjustable drawers. Corner carousels and cabinets for trays provide a pristine background for the granite counters, granite center island and hardwood floors placed on the diagonal. The center island includes a six-burner Jenn-Air cooktop and a second sink with a garbage disposal. The adjacent breakfast area has a deep bay window with four floor-to-ceiling windows, two skylights and a cathedral ceiling.

Though the kitchen and breakfast room offer plenty of sun-splashed drama, perhaps the most spectacular room in the home is the two-story family room. A wood cathedral ceiling soars about 20 feet overhead, and four skylights and two walls of windows fill the room with light. One wall features a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace with a raised hearth, and diagonal hardwood flooring creates warmth underfoot.

An inconspicuous set of doors placed near the family room fireplace leads to another surprise: a large computer room with windows on two sides, a built-in desk area and a built-in mahogany wall cabinet with drawers. Attached to the computer room is a laundry room with cabinets and a utility sink.

On the opposite side of the foyer from the living areas of the home is a bedroom wing. The first-floor master suite has an 18-by-15-foot bedroom with a wall of windows overlooking the back yard. An arched doorway leads into the dressing room, which has a vanity with a triple mirror and a mirrored double closet with shelves. Nearby is a walk-in closet with drawers and compartments.

An arched doorway leads into the separate sitting room, which has an additional wall of closets. The master bath features a soaking tub, separate shower, toilet and bidet, a pedestal sink with Corian counters and two skylights overhead.

This wing of the home has a second bedroom and a second full bath accessible from the hall and the bedroom.

Upstairs, a 22-foot-long balcony overlooking the family room serves as flexible loft space for almost any use. The owners use this space as a media area, but it also could function as a library, a sitting room or a children's study or playroom.

The larger bedroom on this level features two large windows overlooking the back yard, a vaulted ceiling, two large closets and access to attic storage. The fourth bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, a window overlooking the back yard and a window overlooking the sunroom. The hall bath also has a window overlooking the sunroom and has a large double vanity.

The finished lower level features huge rooms that can be divided if future owners desire. In addition to the ceramic-tile-floored foyer, this level has a 45-by-24-foot recreation room with parquet flooring. At one end is a raised fireplace with a slate hearth and an adjacent wood storage bin. Along another wall is a small kitchenette with a dishwasher and sink.

Nearby is a paneled, carpeted home office that stretches 34 feet across the back of the house. This room has a rough-in for a bath and can be converted into several smaller rooms. A large storage room also is on this level, along with access to the two-car garage.

Future owners may want to leave the lower level as it is, with plenty of space for large gatherings and a complete office, or they may want to adjust it for their own tastes.

The owners will credit a "decorator allowance" of $10,000 to buyers at settlement, as they may want to remove the wallpaper and make some other minor changes to the decor.


Address: 7315 Hooking Road, McLean, VA 22101

Community: McLean Station

Age: Built in 1980

Price: $1 million

Size: About 7,200 finished square feet on lot of .38 acres

Taxes: $7,888 in 2001

Exterior features: Contemporary-style custom-built home, wood exterior with brick accents and walls of glass, two-car garage, curving stone-and-wood staircase leading to double front doors, landscaped wooded back yard.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; 3 1/2 baths; ceramic-tile-floored foyer; formal living room; formal dining room; two-story family room with fireplace, wood cathedral ceiling; glass-block wall in kitchen; breakfast area; sunroom; computer room; laundry room on main level; first-floor master suite with bath and separate sitting room; first-floor guest bedroom with adjacent full bath; upper-level loft-sitting room; finished lower level with recreation room, large storage room, small kitchen and large office.

Amenities: Large wood deck, two fireplaces, gas heat and hot water, central vacuum system.

Close by: Minutes to McLean, Tysons Corner and Beltway

Schools: Churchill Elementary, Cooper Middle, Langley High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Sally Swanson of Century 21 Laughlin Realtors in McLean at 703/448-1111

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