- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 4, 2003

The home at 17117 Spring Creek Lane in Leesburg may be large, but it manages to be dwarfed by the surrounding 27 acres of rolling hills in the Northern Virginia countryside, property that includes a trout stream that meanders along the western edge of the land.

Priced at $1.3 million, this Colonial-style home, part of the Big Spring Farm community off White’s Ferry Road, is just minutes from the Dulles Greenway and shopping in and around historic Leesburg.

The setting for this home is anything but suburban. Resting on top of a gently sloping hill, the residence has been designed for maximum panoramic views from every room. Two stone gateposts mark the beginning of the winding asphalt drive that leads between two rows of cedar trees to a large parking pad adjacent to the house. Parking for 12 to 15 cars has been created in front of the four-car garage.

Views of Sugarloaf Mountain can be seen on clear days from many of the Palladian and bay windows in most rooms.

The home’s exterior is maintenance-free. Built primarily of Cemplank, a fiber-cement siding with a 50-year warranty, the Spring Creek Lane house also has 40-year architectural shingles on the roof, a 50-year warranty on its gutters and downspouts, and all trim and woodwork has been wrapped in vinyl or aluminum. Stamped concrete flooring has been used for all walkways and for the front and rear screened porches that expand the living space during pleasant weather.

Inside, moldings, ceiling medallions, decorative columns, ceiling fans and unusually shaped windows make every room visually exciting. Transom windows and leaded glass sidelights surround the front door, which leads into a two-story foyer with oak stairs, a crystal chandelier and marble flooring.

To the left of the foyer, the formal dining room includes wall-to-wall carpeting, wainscoting, a ceiling medallion, fluted columns and two Palladian windows framing views of rolling green hills. Across the foyer, the formal living room features multiple ceiling medallions, a deep bay window, wall-to-wall carpeting, and an elaborate set of three arches with columns framing entrances to the adjacent family room. Also off the foyer is an elegant powder room.

Across the back of the house, the family room opens onto the breakfast area, which, in turn, opens onto the center-island kitchen. Hardwood flooring adds warmth to all three spaces. The family room includes a gas fireplace with a marble hearth and a custom surround, and a wall of windows wraps around the fireplace. An arch with decorative columns defines the adjacent breakfast area, which includes a French door to the back screened porch.

The kitchen has Blue Ice granite counters imported from Siberia, along with red birch cabinets, a porcelain double sink and top-of-the-line appliances. The center island includes a bar sink and additional storage space. Nearby, the laundry room and mudroom connect to the garage and include additional cabinets.

The entire home has been wired with an intercom and security system, including a high-tech innovation that has a sensor to remind residents to bring their keys and cell phones as they enter the garage.

The first-floor private master suite features an elaborately detailed bedroom and sitting area with decorative columns and moldings, a three-sided glass-enclosed gas fireplace, and a dramatic round leaded glass window with a pastoral view.

Hardwood flooring gleams underfoot, a marble hearth surrounds the fireplace, and a triple-tray ceiling overhead includes a combined chandelier and ceiling fan. At one end of the room, three Palladian windows frame a view of the gently sloping hill in the front of the home.

Two walk-in closets with built-ins lead to the romantic master bath, which has in the center a heart-shaped whirlpool tub placed adjacent to a bay window. A separate glass-enclosed shower, an oval etched-glass window and separate his-and-hers onyx vanities complete this room.

Large bedrooms and windows with pastoral views are found on the upper level, which features a large landing with hardwood flooring overlooking the foyer. At one end of this level is a second master suite, a T-shaped room with a long hall, a spacious bedroom with a wall of windows, a sitting area, and a private bath.

Two additional large bedrooms share a connecting bath, each with a private vanity and sink. One of these bedrooms includes a walk-in closet and a bay window.

The home office on this level includes storage closets, a bay window with a panoramic view, and a communications system with multiple phone lines. This easily could function as a fifth bedroom. A third full bath for this level is just across the hall.

The lower level features high ceilings and a wall of windows with French doors to the side of the house, and has been designed for large-scale entertaining.

The open recreation room includes a wet bar and plenty of space for exercise equipment, a billiards table and seating areas. A full ceramic tile bath is off to one side, and several storage rooms complete this level.

In addition to designing a maintenance-free home with plenty of space for entertaining and family pursuits, the owners installed systems to keep their home secure and comfortable. Dual fuel heat pumps were installed with energy-efficient pumps that switch from the heat pumps to propane heat when the temperature drops. Individual temperature controls were placed in six different locations within the house, and a custom alarm system including exterior strobe lights and sirens add safety, while a 15-zone intercom system aids communication.

Whether future owners choose to enjoy the serenity of owning 27 acres of meadows, or want to add an equestrian element to the property, they surely will appreciate their privacy and the quiet that surrounds them.

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