- The Washington Times - Friday, March 21, 2003

Many people think of Reston as Reston Town Center, a busy, urbanized attraction for dining and shopping, movies and outdoor concerts in summer or ice skating in winter.

Before Reston Town Center existed, however, the planned community drew residents by the thousands who were attracted to the woodsy neighborhoods, recreational amenities, charming local shopping areas and the strong sense of identity shared by Reston residents. In addition, the variety of home styles and sizes continues to draw new inhabitants to the community.

Contemporary homes in harmony with the nature surrounding them are some of Reston's favorite sites. One such home, at 11414 Fieldstone Lane, is now on the market for $900,000. Nestled at the end of a cozy cul-de-sac, this pristine home features soaring ceilings, nine skylights, and a multitude of windows that frame views of the woods that nearly surround the home.

While the spectacular views of trees and wildlife may grab the initial attention of visitors, some of the small details of the home will endear it to the future buyer.

Built-in shelves, cabinets and closets help keep the home sleek and clutter-free. In the master suite, for example, a built-in cabinet lines the wall between the sitting room and bedroom and includes a hidden TV shelf on a swivel so the set can be watched in either room.

Outside, the home's muted siding blends into the woods, and spaces for relaxing and entertaining in fine weather are found in abundance. On one side of the home are flagstone steps with wood timber edges and a flagstone patio. The steps lead to the back yard, where a two-level deck includes a spiral staircase, a hot tub, a gently burbling stone fountain, built-in seating and an outdoor fireplace. This 1.15 acre property backs onto Reston Association land, which adds privacy.

Inside, brilliant sunny rooms, high ceilings and an open floor plan are immediately displayed to visitors arriving in the two-story foyer, which has pale hardwood flooring and two skylights. To the left of the foyer, a comfortably large home office enjoys two tall casement windows overlooking the front lawn, a double-door closet, two skylights and plenty of built-in bookcases.

Across the foyer, two small steps lead into the living room, which features a vaulted ceiling, a dramatic floor-to-ceiling brick wall with a gas fireplace and marble flooring, recessed and track lighting, and a multitude of windows framing side and front yard views.

Decorative columns define the living room and dining room, which has hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, a beveled accent mirror and a built-in marble side buffet table. A deep bay window with a glass door to the deck covers one wall, while three additional casement windows bring in more light and fresh air when opened.

Beyond the dining room, the kitchen was updated in 2001 and includes pale hardwood flooring, granite counters and plenty of cabinets along with two separate pantries with pull-out drawers. The center island includes a Dacor electric cooktop and a Thermador downdraft, and the kitchen also includes a wet bar with granite counters and extra cabinet space. Over the sink are casement windows for a constant view of the woods, and a glass door leads from the adjacent breakfast area to the deck.

The step-down family room next to the breakfast area includes side and back windows with transoms above and a glass door to the deck. A wood-burning stove surrounded by marble flooring adds warmth to this room as well as the breakfast area.

The main level also includes a powder room with a marble floor and a mudroom leading to the oversized three-car garage. Both the mudroom and the garage have extra storage space.

The upper-level hallway includes recessed lighting and a skylight, along with double doors that open into the plush master suite. A huge transom window over these doors allows light from the skylight to filter into the master sitting room.

Both the sitting room and the bedroom feature vaulted ceilings, and the sitting room also has built-in cabinets, a walk-in closet and plenty of windows. The bedroom includes two additional closets, including one with a programmable lock for storing valuables. Built-in cabinets line one corner of the bedroom, which has a deep bay window and multiple additional windows including a half-moon transom.

The luxurious master bath features marble flooring, a large closet and dressing area with a full-length mirror, a deep Jacuzzi tub surrounded by marble and tucked into a deep bay window, a separate shower, skylights, and two separate vanities.

The second bedroom or in-law suite features a private ceramic tile bath with a pocket door, built-in bookcases in the bedroom, a vaulted ceiling with a skylight and five windows on two sides of the room for maximum natural light.

The third bedroom, overlooking the front of the house through four casement windows, has a vaulted ceiling and a private door to the ceramic tile hall bath.

The fourth bedroom, currently in use as a home office, features a vaulted ceiling, a skylight that can be opened, track lighting, built-in bookcases and shelving, a large closet and a smaller storage closet. The upper level also includes a large laundry room with oversized machines, a sink, cabinets and attic access.

The finished lower level has been designed for casual entertaining and features several glass doors to the lower-level deck. A large storage area off the deck provides the perfect location for storing outdoor furniture and potting plants.

Inside, the recreation room has recessed lighting along with wiring for a home theater and plumbing for a wet bar. The adjacent billiards room has five tall windows with views of the side and back lawn.

Double doors lead into a gracious guest suite or au pair suite with five windows on two sides of the room, a view of the stone fountain and woods, recessed lighting, a decorative ledge along one wall and an oversized walk-in closet. Adjacent to the bedroom and accessible as well from the hall is the fourth full bath.

The lower level also includes multiple storage rooms, including some with built-in shelving and one with a programmable lock for valuables. The home also includes a central vacuum system and a security system.

Surrounded by this natural setting, it might not always be easy to remember that the delights of Reston Town Center, several lakes, walking trails, tennis courts and swimming pools are just minutes away.


Address: 11414 Fieldstone Lane, Reston, VA 20191

Community: South Reston

Age: Built in 1988

Price: $900,000

Size: About 5,100 finished square feet on 1.15 acres

Taxes: $9,328 in 2002

Exterior features: Contemporary-style wood siding with cedar-shake roof; three-car garage; landscaped lawn and garden beds; wide driveway with space for additional parking; end of cul-de-sac location; wooded views that include protected land.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; four full baths; one half bath; nine skylights; volume ceilings; transom windows; ceiling fans; hardwood flooring on most of the main level; first-floor office with double glass doors, built-in bookshelves; fireplace in living room; dining room with bay window and glass door to deck; updated kitchen with granite counters, upgraded appliances, breakfast area, access to deck; step-down family room with wood-burning stove; mudroom with closet space; upper-level laundry room; lower-level recreation room, billiards room, multiple closets and guest suite with walk-in closet and full bath.

Amenities: Two decks connected by spiral staircase, flagstone walkways and flagstone patios; outdoor hot tub and fountain; outdoor fireplace; master suite with separate sitting room, built-in shelving, multiple closets, bath; intercom system; security system; irrigation system.

Close by: Minutes to Reston Town Center and such Reston amenities as swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails, nature center; several local shopping centers; Dulles Toll Road for access to downtown, Tysons Corner or Washington Dulles International Airport.

Schools: Hunters Woods Elementary; Langston Hughes Middle; South Lakes High

Open house: Sunday, March 23, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtors Sam and Kathy Scoggin of Coldwell Banker Realtors in Reston at 703/893-3903

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