- The Washington Times - Friday, January 17, 2003

In the past 50 years, 1040 Bellview Place in McLean has been the venue for lavish parties, elegant soirees, picnics and barbecues under the trees. Nestled under towering trees in a completely private setting just off Old Dominion Drive, this home is now on the market for $1.4 million.

This brick Cape Cod-style home was built in 1950. It has been expanded and remodeled numerous times.

Set on 3.2 acres, the property turns lush in spring and summer, when guests and residents can enjoy the numerous outdoor spaces. Flagstone patios and walkways link every section of the home, and atrium doors open from nearly every room onto a patio or deck.

A long wood deck with built-in seating overlooks the wooded rear yard and its pond and waterfall features.

The deck is accessible from the family room; the conservatory, which is a long space with one wall of glass overlooking the deck; the sunroom; and a screened porch that is perfect for enjoying the outdoors along with some shade and weather protection.

Farther from the house is a lighted tennis court that includes a gazebo for spectators. Nearby is a picnic area with tables and benches under the trees. Besides grassy areas and garden beds, the property includes a sports court with a basketball and shuffleboard court. Landscape lighting has been placed around the property even in the treetops so parties at night can be dramatically lighted.

Guests can easily park along the long driveway and the circle in front of the home. The property also has a detached two-car garage with storage overhead.

While summer may be the favorite season for this home, any house that boasts four fireplaces offers winter charms, as well. The owners installed heated brick flooring in the foyer, kitchen and breakfast room, too.

The meandering floor plan of this home works well for parties and resulted, in part, from several additions through the years. The main entrance to the home has a glass front door flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal a view from the foyer through the living room and conservatory out to the deck and waterfall.

The central formal living room includes a fireplace and is large enough for two seating areas or a dining area and seating space. This room, like the rest of the house, includes crown moldings and recessed lighting. Beyond the living room is the conservatory, which has a wood ceiling and a wall of glass facing the deck.

To the left of the foyer are the kitchen and breakfast room, bright and sunny rooms with brick flooring and white cabinets.

The owners clearly placed a priority on organization and storage space. Every nook and cranny of the home has built-in shelving, cabinets, desks or art niches.

Under the stairs on the main level is a cedar closet with a built-in safe. The kitchen has a triple sink and a separate party sink for easy entertaining, and the breakfast room has windows on three sides and built-in cabinets for extra storage.

At the back of the house is a palatial room with a tray ceiling, a fireplace, doors to two separate decks and built-in wood buffets along one wall. Currently used as the formal dining room, this space could function as easily as a family room.

On the opposite side of the home are more rooms for family living and entertaining. At the back of the house is the screen porch, which has a cathedral ceiling and three sides of screens. Off this porch is the sunroom, a tile-floored room with windows on two sides and a wet bar at one end. Nearby is the large den or library, which has a corner fireplace and three walls of built-in shelves and cabinets.

The main level also includes a powder room for guests, along with several closets, and there is a comfortable master suite in the front corner of the house. The large bedroom includes a sitting area nearly surrounded by built-ins, two large walk-in closets with built-in shelving, and a bath with a double-sink vanity, a tub and a separate glass-enclosed shower.

A wood staircase leads to the upper level, which has a wood landing flanked by under-eave attic storage closets. This level has a central room for use as a family lounging area, with an etched-glass divider separating part of the room into a study with a built-in desk and shelving. This entire level was once the attic, so each room has a peaked or sloping ceiling, and some include dormer windows.

Three bedrooms and a full bath complete this level, with some of the bedrooms including built-in desks and window seats.

Much of the lower level is above ground, including the recreation room, which is large and lined with maple cabinets and shelves. Along one wall is a wet bar, and along the other are numerous windows and a fireplace. A glass door leads to an adjacent patio, which has a trellis overhead. Transom windows over all the windows bring in even more sunshine to the room, which has a high ceiling.

Nearby are an exercise room with a half-bath on one side and a large steam shower on the other with two shower heads. A walk-in closet is also nearby, allowing this room to function easily as bedroom with a full bath.

Across the hall is a sunny home office with windows on three sides and built-in desks and shelving on three walls. This room could be converted to additional bedroom space. At the back of the house is a large laundry room that includes utility and storage space.

The owners recently installed a new roof, a new furnace and wall-to-wall carpeting throughout most of the main and upper levels.

This home's meandering floor plan, nooks and crannies and outdoor spaces join to create a wonderful sense of being in a private playground just minutes from civilization.


Address: 1040 Bellview Place,McLean, VA 22102

Community: Prospect Hill

Age: 50 years

Price: $1.4 million

Size: More than 4,000 square feet on lot of 3.2 acres

Taxes: $12,059 in 2002

Exterior features: Brick Cape Cod-style home with glass front door flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows, circular driveway, towering trees and fully landscaped lot, flagstone patios and walkways, detached two-car garage with built-in storage, landscape lighting including treetop lights, pond, waterfall, large rear deck and built-in benches.

Interior features: Five bedrooms, three full baths, one half-bath, three finished levels, four fireplaces, heated brick flooring in foyer, kitchen and breakfast room. House has formal living room, family room and den, conservatory, sunroom with wet bar, large kitchen and separate breakfast room with windows on three sides. First-floor master suite has walk-in closets, bath with soaking tub and separate shower. Built-in shelving and storage are in every room. Upper-level family room, computer room/study, three bedrooms and full bath upstairs, lower-level recreation room with fireplace, wet bar and built-in media center. Exercise room or bedroom has oversized steam shower with two shower stations and walk-in closet. Home office has built-in computer desk and shelving. Laundry/utility/storage room.

Amenities: Lighted tennis court and spectator gazebo, built-in barbecue and picnic area under the trees, sports court for basketball and shuffleboard, screened porch.

Close by: Minutes to McLean, Great Falls, Tysons Corner and Dulles Toll Road for access to downtown or Washington Dulles International Airport.

Schools: Spring Hill Elementary, Cooper Middle, Langley High

Open house: Sunday Jan. 19 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Contact: Call associate broker Nancy Broyhill with Long & Foster Realtors at 703/790-1990.

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