- The Washington Times - Friday, May 3, 2002

In the four years the owners have lived at the home at 1530 Victoria Farms Lane in Vienna, they have discovered several places that are special to them.

When it is time to relax with a good book or have a quiet conversation with a friend, they settle in the cheerful sunroom and enjoy their California-style setting, with its wicker furniture and tall windows flooding the room with sunshine.

During summer, the owners live as many hours as possible on their deck, sharing their lawn and woods with birds, foxes and deer. They are amazed that the bird population seems to be successfully keeping the mosquito population low even on humid nights.

In the evenings, particularly during winter, they choose the two-story family room, which has a brick fireplace and walls of floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of the woods. Sometimes, when one owner is home alone, the best place to be is the master suite sitting room, a cozy place for reading or watching television.

Now on the market for $1.1 million, this Renaissance Homes Da Vinci model, built four years ago, has a few custom touches that make it particularly comfortable. The two-story family room at the rear of the house has an adjacent open den defined by columns, a space that on the original floor plans was enclosed as a library. Future owners may enjoy the open floor plan or choose to convert this space to a more formal library.

Throughout the main level are light oak hardwood floors, crown moldings, high ceilings and large windows that allow the landscaped yard and nearby woods to serve as a backdrop for the interior designs. All the rooms have blinds that are usually left open to allow for more light. The owners love the neighborhood layout, with its clusters of trees and angled placement of homes for privacy and natural views.

Guests are welcomed in the foyer, which has a light oak staircase to match the flooring. The formal dining room to the left of the foyer has a two-tiered brass chandelier and pocket doors to the butler's pantry and kitchen. The center-island kitchen has been designed for the chef who loves to entertain and be organized at the same time, with a two-level center island with a cooktop, a breakfast bar, a wine rack and a bookshelf.

The kitchen has maple cabinets, Corian counters, a large breakfast area with sliding glass doors to the deck, a built-in desk, an appliance garage for hiding the toaster and electric can opener, and a large pantry. The laundry room and access to the two-car side-entry garage are nearby.

On the opposite side of the home is the formal living room, which has French doors leading to the sunroom. A second set of French doors connects the sunroom to the family room. Three walls of tall windows surround the sunroom, which also has a ceiling fan.Adjacent to the family room and den is a back staircase leading to the upper level, where a wide gallery overlooks the family room. The owners often find their attention caught, as they walk across this gallery, by deer or foxes leaping across their rear lawn.

Perhaps the most sumptuous room in this home is the master suite, which has a sitting room at the entrance with windows overlooking the back yard. A wide arched doorway creates an elegant transition between the sitting room and bedroom, which has a vaulted ceiling and a wide niche perfect for filling with a dresser. Plush pale carpeting has been placed in all the upper-level rooms.The master suite continues with matching his-and-hers walk-in closets that flank the entrance to the oversized luxury bath. This bathroom has an expanse of white ceramic tile with his-and-hers vanities, a glassed-in shower with a seat, and a private compartment for the commode, and its crowning glory, an oversized, deep soaking tub under a Palladian window with several smaller windows around it.

Near the master suite is a guest suite with a private white ceramic tile bath.

Bringing the outdoors in and living outside as many months of the year as possible have been the twin goals of the owners of this home, who created a natural sanctuary for birds by leaving a portion of their yard untouched. Several bird feeders across the back yard encourage the birds even more, with the added benefit of bird song as background music to this lovely home.


Address: 1530 Victoria Farms Lane, Vienna, VA 22182

Community: Victoria Farms Estates

Age: Four years

Price: $1.1 million

Size: Lot of 77,059 square feet

Taxes: $10,156 in 2002

Exterior features: Colonial style with three sides of brick, brick front steps and stoop, landscaped grounds, two-car side-entry garage

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, light oak hardwood flooring, two staircases, formal living room, dining room, crown and chair-rail moldings, two-story family room with gas fireplace and open den, sunroom, center-island kitchen with breakfast area, first-floor laundry room, finished lower level with recreation room, full bath and expansion space.

Amenities: Master suite with sitting room and master bath with deep soaking tub and separate shower, large lot with hidden garden shed, bird sanctuary created in natural section of the garden, computerized sprinkler system with rain gauge, large deck.

Close by: Reston Town Center, Dulles Toll Road, Wolf Trap Farm Park, Tysons CornerSchools: Wolf Trap Elementary, Thoreau Middle, Madison High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Pam Smith of Long & Foster Realtors in Great Falls at 703/579-1111

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