- The Washington Times - Friday, July 25, 2003

In 1967, when D.W. Rohrbaugh built the house at 7629 Burford Drive in Olde Swinks Mill Estates, features such as first-floor master suites, large bathrooms, center-island kitchens and first-floor laundry rooms were not the fashion.

Yet these features were part of the original design of this McLean home, which has been maintained and embellished ever since by its original owners. The owners were among the first 10 families to live in this McLean neighborhood, which has kept its quiet atmosphere through the years.

After 36 years, this gracious French Colonial home has been placed on the market for $1,195,000. Resting on top of a sloping front lawn with mature trees, this elegant home hides some of its more exciting features behind a solid brick exterior.

Not only does this home include such modern amenities as a first-floor master suite, but the residence has two wine cellars, three offices, and a sparkling heated swimming pool with Mediterranean tiles and a Jacuzzi surrounded by Pennsylvania fieldstone and garden beds.

The owners of this Burford Drive home have appreciated the sturdy construction of their property, which is solid brick on the exterior with plaster walls inside, along with hardwood flooring on the two upper levels.

Crown moldings and wainscoting add traditional elegance to many of the rooms, and the owners have added interesting light fixtures and stained-glass panels that blend well with the wood doors and trim.

Mature gardens with azaleas and perennials surround this home, which has almost 1 acre of land and a long asphalt drive next to the sloping lawn. The owners added a two-car carport to supplement the side-entry two-car garage without overwhelming the property with too many extra buildings.

Next to the carport is a low brick wall with an elegant wrought-iron gate leading into the pool area.

Inside, stained-glass fills the transom windows over the double front door, allowing light to filter gently into the foyer. To the right of the foyer is the first of several home office spaces, a library with built-in bookshelves and paneled walls. A swirling wrought-iron chandelier overhead complements the swirl-patterned ceiling.

On the opposite side of the foyer are the formal rooms, including a living room with a gas fireplace with a traditional mantel above. Folding shutter doors can be left open or closed off on formal occasions to separate the dining room from the rest of the house. The large dining room includes a chandelier and wainscoting along with a tall window overlooking the sweeping front lawn.

Not far from the dining room, the breakfast area and center-island kitchen each have a picture window framing a view of the swimming pool and stone patio. Both rooms have ceramic tile flooring underfoot, and stained-glass windows add color to the breakfast area.

The owner hired an artist from the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria to create her unique stained-glass panels. One wall of the kitchen is devoted to an indoor grill surrounded by brick, another innovation that is original to the home.

Beyond the kitchen are the laundry room, which has a glass door to the back yard, a pantry, and a full-size freezer next to the garage door.

At the center of the home, the more casual family room has a wall of windows and French doors leading to the stone patio and the swimming pool that beckons brightly on a summer day. In colder weather, the family room’s beamed ceiling and brick raised-hearth fireplace create a warmer ambience.

The master suite on the main level includes three traditional paned windows in the generously sized bedroom. Attached to the bedroom are a dressing room with a mirrored vanity and a deep walk-in closet. The master bath includes a long vanity and an oversized, glass-enclosed shower.

Between the master bedroom suite and the family room are several closets and a charming powder room with pastel stenciling on the vanity and walls.

Upstairs, the broad hallway includes wainscoting on the walls and several closets, including a cedar closet and access to under-eave storage. A full bath off the hall includes a double-sink vanity, a combination tub and shower, and a stained-glass window overlooking the swimming pool.

The first bedroom on this level includes two closets, crown and chair-rail moldings and hardwood flooring. The second bedroom has two windows overlooking the back yard, and the large third bedroom includes a door to walk-in attic storage space.

The finished lower level features a walk-up to the back yard. At the center of the lower level is a recreation room with a brick raised-hearth fireplace in one corner for a cozy seating area. Nearby are space for a game room, plus a kitchenette with a two-burner stove and a refrigerator. Several closets provide storage for this level. Currently, a portion of the recreation room functions as a spacious open office.

At one end of the lower level is a home office/workroom with built-in bookshelves and cabinets, a built-in desk, and a fold-out worktable that can be placed flat against the wall when not in use. Nearby, a door opens onto unfinished storage space.

The lower level includes two wine cellars, one that is refrigerated, which, combined, hold about 3,300 bottles of wine. The second wine cellar has been placed at one end of another home office, a paneled room with built-in bookcases. This wine cellar features a rounded brick wall facing the office, with an arched, paneled wood door to enter the wine cellar.

The lower level also includes a generously sized guest bedroom with a closet and a full bath with a shower that also functions as the bath for guests using the swimming pool.

The owners have upgraded and maintained their home to perfection since it was built, adding an in-ground sprinkler system, attic ventilation fans, two-zone heating and air conditioning systems, and heating systems equipped with ultraviolet lights, humidifiers and electronic air filters.

While the owners intend to move to a more rural area of Virginia, they appreciate the peace and privacy that surround their McLean home. Tall trees, mature gardens and a secluded location have made this residence a pool of calm for the past 36 years.

More info:

Address: 7629 Burford Drive, McLean, VA 22102

Community: Olde Swinks Mill Estates

Age: Built in 1967

Price: $1,195,000

Size: Home of 5,886 square feet on site of just under 1 acre

Taxes: $11,447 in 2002

Exterior features: French Colonial-style single-family home with four sides of brick, cedar shake roof, placed overlooking a grassy hill with mature trees, professional landscaping, with two-car side-entry garage and two-car carport at end of long asphalt drive.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; 3 full baths; 1 half bath; hardwood flooring on two upper levels; formal living room; formal dining room; first-floor library; family room overlooking swimming pool; first-floor master suite with private bath, walk-in closet, dressing area; first-floor laundry room with access to back yard; attic storage space accessible from second level; finished lower level with recreation room, game room, kitchenette, guest bedroom and bath, two offices.

Amenities: Heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi with stone patio and stone walls, along with garden beds and mature trees; two wine cellars, one refrigerated, with space for more than 3,000 bottles of wine in total; three fireplaces; garden sprinkler system; alarm system; intercom system; central vacuum system.

Close by: Near McLean’s shops and restaurants, close to downtown Washington via Chain Bridge or Interstate 66.

Schools: Spring Hill Elementary; Cooper Middle; Langley High

Open house: Sunday, July 27, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Dawn Jones of Weichert Realtors in McLean at 703/893-1500

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