- The Washington Times - Friday, February 28, 2003

Thick forests, rolling hills with farms, grazing horses and deer used to be the norm for Northern Virginia, an area known now more for high-tech employment and an upscale suburban lifestyle.

Oakton in Fairfax County is one of the few areas in the region that has maintained its rural atmosphere within a couple of miles of Tysons Corner and Reston. Estate homes and farms cover the hilly terrain on either side of Hunter Mill Road, where most homes are built on large lots with plenty of trees for privacy.

At 2506 Hollybrook Place, in the Hollybrook subdivision of Hunter Mill Valley, a Colonial-style stone home is now on the market for $1.425 million. Built in 2000, this elegant home sits on 2 acres at the back of a cul-de-sac with woodlands, gardens, decks and terraces surrounding the home. Stone and marble fireplaces and hardwood flooring blend with strong Southern sunlight to warm the house in winter, and the owners added a heated in-ground swimming pool and perennial gardens for summer pleasure.

Crown and chair-rail moldings, dramatic high ceilings and transom windows over tall glass doors and picture windows are just some of the features the builder added to this home, which has a unique floor plan.

Double front doors open onto a welcoming wide foyer with hardwood flooring that continues throughout the main level.

Straight in front of the foyer is the great room, which has a stone fireplace flanked by French doors to the deck. Over the French doors are two more layers of windows that line the wall of this two-story space.

The main staircase, placed next to the great room, has a spectacular Palladian window over the main landing. The wall of windows is also visible from the second-level gallery overlooking the great room. The wide deck and treetops are visible from these windows, which are flooded with sun on bright days.

At the front of the house, the formal living room opens onto the formal dining room for easy entertaining. A marble fireplace in the living room warms the room, which has a picture window looking across the front terrace and lawn. The banquet-size dining room has four tall windows with transom windows above and an elaborate ceiling medallion in the center. Wainscoting and moldings add more decoration to the room, and French doors divide this space from the entrance to the kitchen.

On the opposite side of the foyer, the library features bright white-painted wood cabinets and shelves and tall windows that open onto the front terrace. A set of French doors allows this room to be closed off, if desired.

The expansive open kitchen features a tray ceiling overhead, recessed lighting, granite counters and a massive furniture-quality center island. An abundance of cabinets and state-of-the-art appliances make this room a delight for cooking and relaxing with friends and family. A desk has been built into a separate niche with shelf for cookbooks, and around the corner is a walk-in pantry. The breakfast area opens to the great room and shares the views of the deck and treetops. A rear staircase leads from the back of the kitchen to the second-level bedrooms.

Opposite the pantry is an oversized laundry room with storage space and access to the three-car garage, which includes additional storage space. The main level also includes a powder room with marble flooring.

The first-floor master suite occupies a private wing of the house entered through double doors underneath the main staircase. A cathedral ceiling adds drama. The room includes a sitting area with a box bay window and three additional windows. A glass door opens onto the custom-designed deck, also accessible from the great room. Two walk-in closets provide ample space for clothing. The marble master bath has a whirlpool tub placed under a bay window. The bathroom also has a double-sink vanity and an oversized shower with glass doors.

Upstairs, a long gallery overlooks the great room and connects the main staircase at one end of the house with the rear staircase at the opposite end. A wide landing surrounds the rear staircase and would work as a computer area or small play area for children.

The second bedroom suite overlooks the front terrace and includes a private full bath. Nearby are a large full bath with a double-sink vanity and two more bedrooms. The third bedroom also includes a private door to the hall bath.

The finished lower level provides multiple rooms for casual living, including a sizable office with a high ceiling and two windows looking into woods. This office also includes a walk-in closet, so it can easily be converted to bedroom space, if desired. Adjacent is a full bath.

In the center of the lower level, the open recreation room can be used as one large space or divided into a play room, exercise room and casual entertaining area. A glass door opens onto a paving-stone terrace. On either side of this room are unfinished rooms for additional storage.

Beyond the recreation room is a bonus room, a large open space without windows that functions as a home theater or media room and could be used for nearly any purpose. A large hobby room is adjacent to the bonus room and includes a built-in counter with shelving.

In addition to the main house, the owners installed a swimming pool with a terrace and then built a pool house that backs to the three-car garage and overlooks the pool. This two-story addition offers more than 1,200 additional square feet of finished space, with two sets of French doors leading to the pool terrace, a living room including a stone fireplace, a full kitchen and wet bar and a powder room on the main level. This level also includes built-in display shelves, a storage room and a photographer's darkroom with a sink. The upper level of the pool house has a cathedral ceiling, two skylights, a full bath and a walk-in closet. Currently configured as one large party room or a fifth guest bedroom, this space could also be divided into as many as three bedrooms.

This Hollybrook Place estate has plenty of space for entertaining lavishly and housing a large family or many overnight guests, but it has been designed with cozy rooms, as well.

Details


Address: 2506 Hollybrook Place, Oakton, VA 22124

Community: Hollybrook

Age: 2 years

Price: $1.425 million

Size: About 4,860 square feet in the main house, plus 1,224 square feet in the pool house on a 2-acre lot

Taxes: $13,739 in 2002

Exterior features: Colonial-style stone construction, cul-de-sac location, decks, flagstone walkway and terraces, mature trees and gardens, three-car garage with storage.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; five full baths; two half baths; main-level library; living room connects with formal dining room; two-story great room with two-story window wall including Palladian window over grand staircase; breakfast area opens onto center-island kitchen; main-level master suite with two walk-in closets and bath; three more bedrooms and two full baths upstairs; finished lower level with recreation room, play room, exercise room, bonus room or media room, hobby room with built-in counter, office, fifth full bath.

Amenities: Heated in-ground swimming pool with terrace; separate pool house with guest quarters, kitchen and bar, darkroom, party room, 1 1/2 baths; three fireplaces; gas heat and hot water; central vacuum system; security system.

Close by: Dulles Toll Road, Reston, Vienna, Tysons Corner and Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts.

Schools: Flint Hill Elementary, Thoreau Middle, Madison High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Pat Derwinski of Weichert Realtors at 703/821-8300


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