- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 20, 2004

Luxurious homes can be found all over McLean, where diplomats, politicians, attorneys and physicians make their homes in an upscale suburban community within minutes of downtown Washington.

At 1004 Basil Road in McLean, a majestic Colonial home is on the market for $3.9 million.

This all-brick mansion includes a slate roof, elegant flagstone patios and a circular drive, placed on a wooded lot of almost an acre.

Located just off the George Washington Parkway and Route 123, this private estate is a two-minute drive from the Chain Bridge and an easy drive from the White House, the Kennedy Center, Tysons Corner or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

This home offers almost 15,000 finished square feet on four levels with lavish appointments for entertaining and family life.

Spectacular amenities are noticeable from the moment guests pass through the double mahogany doors set with etched glass and wrought iron and arrive in the two-story grand foyer, which has a patterned marble floor and a custom needlepoint carpet covering the curving staircase.

Molded archways on both sides of the grand foyer lead into the formal living room and the formal dining room.

The formal living room features hardwood flooring and a fireplace with an antique carved granite mantel.

The dining room includes an elaborate carved marble fireplace.

Leaded-glass double doors open from the hall into the library, which has herringbone hardwood flooring, pecan-wood-paneled walls and tall windows overlooking the garden and woods.

Nearby is the two-story great room, which has an enormous stone fireplace, diagonal oak flooring with a green marble border and a wall of built-in shelving including a media center.

Two sets of French doors link the great room to a flagstone terrace, which is also accessible from the solarium on the opposite side.

The kitchen and adjacent breakfast area have been updated in a French country style with bleached wood cabinets and a 10-foot center island.

The first-floor master suite, secluded off a marble hall near the library, includes a private balcony, a dressing area with three walk-in closets and a sauna, and an opulent bath with a whirlpool tub and a marble shower.

The main level also includes a formal powder room, a family powder room, laundry facilities, a back staircase, a two-car garage and a separate one-car garage.

The second level features a central gallery with ornate crown moldings and a dramatically large Palladian window that fills the space with sunlight.

Four bedroom suites surround the gallery, including two bedrooms that share a connecting bath with a double-sink vanity.

Each of the two additional bedrooms has a private full bath.

This level includes another laundry room, a large bonus room or playroom with plenty of storage space, and a cedar closet.

At another end of this level is an au pair suite with a sitting room and private full bath, a space that could also function as two separate bedrooms with a full bath.

Stairs lead to the finished fourth level, which offers a billiard room or home office or private guest suite with two large skylights overhead, wall-to-wall bookcases, a storage area, a full bath and a private balcony.

While some homes may have a more casual finished lower level, this elegant estate features a recreation room with an immense marble bar and includes Corian service counters, cherry cabinets and full-size appliances.

This level also features a wine cellar, a large brick raised-hearth fireplace, built-in cherry cabinets and shelves, and seven sets of French doors leading to a covered patio.

Other rooms on the lower level include a hobby room, an exercise room with a mirrored wall and ballet bar, two bedrooms, two full baths, and a storage room.

Contact Realtor Caroline Rocco with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in McLean at 703/734-7020.

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