- The Washington Times - Friday, February 7, 2003

An elegant and sophisticated executive retreat placed on 2.5 acres deep in the woods of Great Falls, now on the market for $1,295,000, could provide the ultimate luxury lifestyle for its next owners.

With a perfectly proportioned set of rooms for entertaining on a grand scale, this private retreat where the woodland animals are the most frequent visitors at 252 Springvale Road has been designed as a chic yet neutral backdrop for any prosperous family.

Springvale Road winds its way across Georgetown Pike and up and down hills past traditional brick homes and the French restaurant, L'Auberge Chez Francois, a dining landmark for generations. Tall trees frame the homes along the way, creating a private enclosure for each estate.

The home at 252 Springvale Road features a long driveway to the front entrance with a shared driveway along the opposite side of the property, providing additional access to the property and its side-entry three-car garage. Professional landscaping in front and back of the house enhances the existing woodlands and complements the brick and wood-trimmed house.

Across the back of the house is a custom deck with herringbone-patterned wood planking, custom railings and stairs to the lower level. The deck wraps around several rooms that have glass doors that can be opened for easy access in warm weather.

The wooden double door has glass inserts and opens into the two-story foyer, which has marble flooring, a walk-in coat closet, a powder room and oversized crown moldings. On either side of the foyer are the formal living room and formal dining room. Wainscoting, crown moldings, hardwood flooring and a bay window alcove add elegance to the dining room, which has space for seating a crowd.

On the opposite side of the foyer, the living room features hardwood flooring, a wood-burning fireplace, a bay window alcove that mirrors the one in the dining room, crown moldings and recessed lighting. Glass French doors lead into the adjacent library, which also has French doors leading into the family room. Built-in bookcases and shelves line the library, which also has a glass door to the deck.

At the rear of the house, the dramatic two-story family room features an oversized picture window on the back wall with a Palladian window above. A stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace with a wood storage area fills another wall, while a wet bar lines another wall. The family room also has hardwood flooring, a glass door to the deck and a ceiling fan overhead.

The breakfast room also has French doors to the deck and is open to the center-island kitchen, which features Corian counters, a built-in desk, a ceiling fan, recessed lighting and access to a rear staircase. Appliances in the kitchen include double wall ovens, a gas cooktop, a SubZero refrigerator and a dishwasher. Just beyond the kitchen is a large service area that has a separate outdoor entrance convenient for the family or for caterers. The service area includes a laundry room, kitchen counters and cabinets with a second dishwasher, a walk-in pantry, a door to the garage and a second powder room.

The master suite occupies a large section of the second level. The oversized bedroom features a high ceiling, two sets of floor-to-ceiling windows, and a sitting area in front of a marble fireplace. Adjacent to the bedroom is a large private den or home office. Marble flooring adds flair to the master bath, which has skylights, a whirlpool tub, a walk-in marble shower with a glass door, two separate vanities and two walk-in closets with shelving.

The central hall on the second floor and the secondary bedrooms all have hardwood flooring and crown moldings. The second bedroom has a private full bath and a walk-in closet. The third and fourth bedrooms share a connecting bath with a double-sink vanity.

The finished upper-level studio retreat, an open space of 30-by-15-feet, has two skylights and can function as an additional bedroom, a home office, an art studio or children's play area.

The above-ground lower level features a glass door to the garden along with plenty of other windows. The expansive recreation room fills most of the level, with a brick fireplace and a wet bar along one wall. Nearby are an office or exercise room, a full bath and a fifth bedroom. An unfinished storage room fills another area of this level.

Residents of this home can easily relax surrounded by elegant rooms and natural beauty, with the woods providing plenty of peace and privacy. Yet Great Falls Village Center, Reston Town Center and Tysons Corner's shops and restaurants are easily accessible, along with downtown Washington; and, of course, gourmet meals at L'Auberge Chez Francois are just a stroll away.


Address: 252 Springvale Road, Great Falls, VA 22066

Community: Great Falls

Age: Built 1989

Price: $1,295,000

Size: More than 7,000 square feet on lot of 2.5 acres

Taxes: $15,000 estimated in 2002

Exterior features: Brick Colonial with wood trim and hip roof, curving private drive leads to shared drive for easy entrances and exits, professionally landscaped with perennials, mature trees front and rear, wooded lot, side-entry three-car garage.

Interior features: Five bedrooms, four full baths, two half baths, two-story marble foyer, crown and chair-rail moldings, formal living room and dining room, library, two-story family room, center-island kitchen and breakfast area, service area with separate entrance, laundry, catering kitchen and pantry. Upper-level studio has skylights. Finished lower level has recreation room with wet bar, office or exercise room, full bath, storage room.

Amenities: Custom deck in herringbone pattern overlooking back lawn and woods, master suite with separate den as well as a sitting area with fireplace and a marble bath, four fireplaces, zoned heating and cooling.

Close by: Minutes to Great Falls Village Center, Reston Town Center, shopping and restaurants in Sterling and Dulles Town Center, Washington Dulles International Airport

Schools: Forestville Elementary, Cooper Middle, Langley High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Susan Koehler of Washington Fine Properties, an affiliate of Sotheby's International Realty, at 703/967-6789

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