- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Privacy and peace are practically guaranteed at the home now on the market at 1795 Brookside Lane in Vienna, part of the Holly Hills neighborhood. Placed on a corner lot of nearly an acre above a sloping hill with towering trees, this elegant Colonial-style home exudes an atmosphere of prosperity and stability.

Formal entertaining would be a breeze in this home, which includes red oak hardwood flooring, detailed moldings, marble flooring in the foyer and a Bose sound system throughout the home that can fill each room with music.

However, space for casual moments with friends and family has been carefully considered, as well, with an open family room and breakfast area fully exposed to the woods behind the house and a fully outfitted lower level with space for a pingpong table, billiards table, media room, exercise equipment and play areas for children.

Built in 1990, this brick-front home, which includes black shutters framing each front window, is on the market for $1,025,000. With more than 6,000 finished square feet of living space indoors and flagstone terraces, gardens and lawns outdoors, this home easily can accommodate a large family or one that welcomes plenty of guests.

The front lawn sweeps up past mature trees to a curving flagstone walkway lined with low flagstone walls, professionally landscaped garden beds and “mushroom” lighting controlled by inside timers. Flagstone terraces cover part of the rear yard, which also has plenty of space for garden beds, a doghouse and a rabbit hutch, both of which will convey to the new owners.

Inside, the hospitable two-story foyer features sophisticated marble flooring, an arched Palladian window with plantation-style shutters, a chandelier, recessed lighting, wainscoting and two guest closets. Nearby is an elegant powder room.

French doors open off the foyer to the front library, which features the imported red oak hardwood flooring, adding a distinctive touch to the formal rooms on the main level and the upper-level hallway. The library includes custom-designed built-in bookcases, crown and chair-rail moldings and two windows framing views of the front lawn.

Opposite the library, the formal living room features extensive moldings and windows on two sides and opens onto the formal dining room. French doors open from the dining room onto a small deck a few steps above the flagstone terrace.

The most spectacular portion of this home is the family room with adjacent breakfast room, sharing the expanse of windows set along the entire back wall of the house.

A cathedral ceiling with skylights adds to the drama of this open space and allows for a sweeping view of the flagstone terrace and the trees. The family room features a gas fireplace with a brick surround and a birch mantel, whitewashed hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, ceiling fans and French doors that open onto the terrace. The family room has been designed to be open to the back of the house and the breakfast area, but with a wall dividing the room from the kitchen for greater privacy.

The breakfast room shares the whitewashed hardwood flooring with the family room and has faux finished walls, which coordinate with the adjacent kitchen. The kitchen has new ceramic tile flooring, whitewashed maple cabinets, granite counters, a colorful tile backsplash, recessed lighting and a granite breakfast bar.

Upgraded appliances include a double oven and a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and a desk has been built in along one wall in whitewashed maple to match the cabinets.

The main level also includes a large laundry room with track lighting, a window overlooking the back yard and additional built-in cabinets for storage. Adjacent to the laundry room are a storage closet and pantry, plus a door to the garage, which has additional storage shelving.

The upper-level master suite, a gracious retreat separated from the rest of the bedrooms by the hallway, features a sitting room and a large bedroom with space for an additional sitting area.

Both rooms have wall-to-wall closets with built-in organizers, ceiling fans and tall windows with plantation-style shutters. A dressing room off the bedroom and bath includes more closet space with organizers, a built-in vanity and a mirror.

The sumptuous marble master bath includes a deep Jacuzzi whirlpool tub, a separate large shower and a dual-sink vanity.

The rear bedroom has a private full bath, a ceiling fan and two closets with built-in organizers. Two additional bedrooms, which share a full bath off the hall, each have a ceiling fan and a walk-in closet.

The finished lower level includes plenty of space for relaxation and recreation. Along one side of the home is an arts-and-crafts studio, which can function as a playroom or study. It has track lighting, recessed lighting and wall-to-wall built-in storage closets.

The larger space on this level accommodates the functions of a recreation room, game room, exercise room and media room all in one area defined by columns. This area includes a surround-sound system and an adjacent full bath with classic black-and-white square flooring.

A separate kitchenette allows for easy snacking and entertaining, with an under-the-counter refrigerator, a separate ice maker, a stainless steel sink, and plenty of whitewashed maple cabinets. Several large storage closets surround the kitchenette and recreation room, and an additional work room is accessible from the recreation room and the back yard.

While residents will find plenty of space in which to entertain themselves and their guests indoors and out, membership in the Brookside Lane pool will also convey to the new owners. Nearby are Wolf Trap Farm Park, Reston Town Center, Tysons Corner and the town of Vienna.

More info:

Address: 1795 Brookside Lane, Vienna, VA 22182

Community: Holly Hills

Age: Built 1990

Price: $1,025,000

Size: 6,335 finished square feet on three levels on homesite of nearly 1 acre

Taxes: $9,078 in 2003

Exterior features: Brick-front Colonial-style home with sloping front lawn, mature trees, professional landscaping, curving flagstone walkway with low flagstone walls and landscape lighting, side-entry two-car garage

Interior features: Four bedrooms; four full baths; marble foyer with glass doors to hall and library; formal living room; formal dining room; crown and chair-rail moldings and wainscoting; open kitchen and breakfast area leading into family room with wall of windows, skylights, French doors to terrace; main-level laundry room with cabinets and additional storage closet and pantry; master suite with sitting room, multiple closets, bath; finished lower level with two recreation rooms, wet bar and full bath

Amenities: Flagstone terrace adjacent to rear lawn and garden, deck off dining room, Bose sound system throughout home, security system, zoned gas heat, attic fan, humidifier

Close by: Wolf Trap Farm Park, town of Vienna, Tysons Corner, Reston

Schools: Wolftrap Elementary, Kilmer Middle, Marshall High

Open house: Sunday, Oct. 19, 1 to 5 p.m.

Contact: Lynelle Massey of Weichert Realtors at 703/629-2235

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