- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 17, 2004

For decades, the woods of Great Falls have beckoned buyers who want to live in harmony with the seasons. Life within walking distance of Riverbend and Great Falls parks means that leaving the stresses of everyday life behind can be as simple as strolling outside to relax by the Potomac, watching deer and other wildlife dash behind the trees.

Horse trails and walking trails wind through Great Falls, yet residents of this community are within minutes of shops and restaurants and from the Beltway.

At 281 Golden Woods Court, just a few minutes amble from Riverbend Park, an impressive stately home is now on the market for $1,295,000. Constructed entirely of handmade, large-scale brick, this home has been placed on a level lot of 1.75 acres with gentle lawns in the front and back. A circular drive provides a formal entrance to the home, which includes a three-car, side-entry garage along with additional parking for guests.

Behind the home, the outdoors can be enjoyed on the lawn, on a cobblestone patio surrounded by low stone walls, or on the deck across the back of the home on the main level. Mature trees have been preserved along the edges of the lot, which is partially fenced.

Inside, guests are welcomed in the grand two-story foyer, which features a Palladian window, a crystal chandelier, and a sweeping wood staircase to the upper level. A two-tone marble floor adds elegance to the foyer, with brown marble accents complementing the white marble.

The formal living room, a few small steps down from the foyer, features hardwood flooring, Palladian windows on two sides of the room, and a fireplace with a marble hearth and surround. Detailed moldings and recessed lighting are found in this room and throughout the home.

One set of French doors leads from the living room into the corner library, which has built-in bookcases, a wet bar with a refrigerator, Palladian windows and a second set of French doors leading into the family room. The hardwood floor in the library includes walnut inlay.

The formal dining room, on the opposite side of the foyer from the living room, includes elaborate wainscoting and moldings plus a ceiling medallion and double doors leading into the kitchen.

Across the rear of the home, the family room opens onto the breakfast area and the center-island kitchen, all of which have hardwood flooring.

An archway with columns separates the breakfast area and family room, which has a stone fireplace and raised stone hearth. This fireplace has been converted to gas, while the other three in the home are all wood-burning fireplaces.

Atrium doors connect the breakfast area with the wide deck that lines the back of the house, and a deep bay window overlooks the back yard. The kitchen features tile counters, double wall ovens, a cooktop on the center island, and a stainless steel refrigerator.

Beyond the kitchen are a door to the garage, a large pantry and a laundry room/mudroom with an exterior door, closets, a powder room and a rear staircase to the upper level.

A second “formal” powder room is near the foyer. The three-car garage, a few steps below the kitchen, includes attic storage.

Upstairs, the master suite includes a generously sized bedroom with a sitting area in front of a picture window overlooking the back yard. The wood-burning fireplace warms the sitting area and the bedroom and includes a marble hearth and surround.

Adjacent to the sitting area are two walk-in closets and a his-and-hers-style bath with a dressing area with a commode on one side and a second private commode on the other. In the center of these two rooms is the main bathroom, which has two separate vanities, a whirlpool tub, a glass-enclosed shower and a skylight. All the bathrooms on this level feature marble flooring.

Three additional large bedrooms complete this level. One includes a private bath, while the others share a connecting bath with a double-sink vanity.

The upper-level hall includes hardwood flooring and overlooks the foyer and Palladian window, and each of the upstairs bedrooms and the hall includes detailed moldings.

The finished lower level has been designed to accommodate casual entertaining and overnight guests. The recreation room has one wall of brick with a fireplace and adjacent wood storage plus a brick hearth. In one corner of this room is a wet bar. The recreation room includes recessed lighting and moldings, and two picture windows that frame views of the back yard.

Near the recreation room is a large additional space that could be decorated as a game room or dining room or media room. A bedroom with an atrium door to the back yard is next to the recreation room and has access to a full bath that also functions as the guest bath when entertaining. This level also includes multiple closets and a large unfinished storage room.

Built in 1987, this Great Falls estate has the air of a traditional stately home with its elegant moldings, hardwood and marble flooring, and sweeping Palladian windows.

Address: 281 Golden Woods Court, Great Falls, VA 22066

Community: Golden Woods

Age: Built in 1987

Price: $1,295,000

Size: About 7,000 square feet on lot of 1.75 acres

Taxes: $12,407 in 2003

Exterior features: Colonial-style estate of oversize handmade brick on all sides, level lot, deck off main level, cobblestone patio off lower level, circular front drive with additional parking at side of three-car side-entry garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms; four full baths; two half-baths; elegant marble foyer with Palladian window; extensive moldings and wainscoting on all three levels; formal step-down living room; formal dining room; corner library with wet bar and two sets of French doors; open family room, breakfast area and center-island kitchen; first-floor laundry with storage and outside entrance; master suite with sitting area, picture window and fireplace; three large bedrooms, each with connecting or private bath; finished lower level with bedroom, full bath, recreation room, game room or dining room; storage

Amenities: Four fireplaces; his-and-hers master bath with whirlpool tub, glass shower and two separate vanities; rear staircase; marble baths; security system; zoned heating and cooling

Close by: Walking distance to River Bend Park and trails to Great Falls Park, minutes to Great Falls Village Center, quick commute from River Bend Road to Georgetown Pike to Beltway or into McLean

Schools: Great Falls Elementary, Cooper Middle, Langley High

Open house: By appointment

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

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