- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 20, 2004

Reston may be known best for its town center, an urban environment where office space blends seamlessly with eclectic shops, restaurants, a movie theater and an outdoor gathering space for concerts and events that morphs into an ice rink when the weather turns cold.

Yet recreational amenities draw many people to this planned community.

For the residents of the town home at 11727 Indian Ridge Road, on the market for $460,000, the view of the golf course behind the house has been a constant reminder of the outdoor pleasures to be found in Reston.

Residents here belong to the Reston Association, which maintains more than 1,000 acres of open space and more than 60 miles of trails and pathways that connect the amenities, the residents and the shopping villages.

Reston residents can enjoy 49 tennis courts, including 22 lighted courts and eight clay courts, along with 14 swimming pools with a variety of amenities, including some shady pools for relaxing, some with hot tubs, most with wading pools for toddlers and even an Olympic-size pool with an adjacent sand volleyball court.

Joggers, walkers and bicyclists find plenty of space for their activities, and the community is sprinkled with soccer fields, ball fields and basketball courts for team sports.

Two community centers offer classes and locations for public and private events, and the four large lakes provide serene water views and the opportunity for canoeing, rowing and enjoying small electric party barges.

Reston has two 18-hole golf courses, as well, including a private one and the public Reston Golf Course, which provides the green view for the home on Indian Ridge.

Built in 1972, this contemporary-style town home has been upgraded and expanded to take full advantage of the view and privacy afforded by the golf course. The owners bumped out both the front and back of their home to add light and extra space.

They also remodeled their upper level to create an expanded master suite with a sitting room and bath.

A brick path leads from the parking area to the front door of this home, which has an adjacent front patio nearly enclosed by a fence for privacy. Tall trees, potted plants and decking make this a cozy and peaceful retreat for morning coffee or afternoon tea.

Just inside the front door is a marble foyer with views straight through the home to the multiple windows framing the golf course and a cluster of trees.

To the left of the foyer are a laundry and utility room and a powder room for guests. To the right is the expanded kitchen, a black-and-white space with a greenhouse-style bump-out that includes skylights and atrium doors opening onto the front patio.

The remodeled kitchen includes Corian counters, black-and-white ceramic-tile flooring, a built-in desk with a Corian top, recessed lighting, a wine rack tucked into a corner and upgraded appliances including a double wall oven.

Beyond the kitchen are a marble floor and a curving wood staircase leading to the conservatory addition.

With a ceiling soaring more than 20 feet, the conservatory is a perfect example of a room with an indoor-outdoor feeling. Formerly a patio, this room has a brick wall that has been painted white, skylights and two walls of windows stacked from the floor to the ceiling with views of the trees, garden and golf course. Atrium doors open onto the rear deck.

The room was designed by the current owners for their grand piano and functions currently as a sunny music room.

Adjacent to the conservatory is the living room, where the owners replaced the small existing windows with a wall of floor-to-ceiling casement windows to bring in more of the golf-course view.

This room includes two ceiling fans and a gas fireplace set into a brick wall that also has been painted white. A handful of stairs links this room to the main hall, where an open wood staircase leads to the upper level.

The owners transformed a four-bedroom home into a three-bedroom home to maximize the master suite and master bath.

Each of the two secondary bedrooms is large and overlooks the front of the house, and one is currently in use as an artist’s studio. Both have large picture windows, walls of closets and hardwood flooring. They share a hall bath, formerly the master bath, which is large and compartmentalized.

Over the main stairs is a “sun tube,” a round, flat space set into the ceiling, which opens onto a small dome on the roof. The sun tube provides natural light for the stairs without the need for a wider skylight.

The master suite features a bath with a sun tube over the whirlpool tub, ceramic-tile flooring and a Corian vanity with two sinks.

The large, ceramic-tile, separate shower includes a glass block wall that lets light pass through from the back of the house and the skylights in the bathroom.

Adjacent to the bathroom’s glass block wall is an open sitting area, which has been placed on a balcony overlooking the conservatory. The sitting area includes a mirrored wall of closets, as well as skylights.

Adjacent to the sitting area is the master bedroom, with two skylights and a wall of closets. The owners converted the smaller windows of this bedroom into larger casement windows similar to those in the living room.

Because of the privacy afforded by the trees and the golf course, most of the windows can be left open to the view without any window treatments.

No matter whether future owners love to play golf, this town home offers plenty of places to relax and admire the year-round greenery of the course.

More info:

Address: 11727 Indian Ridge Road, Reston, VA 20191

Community: Indian Ridge

Age: Built in 1972

Price: $460,000

Size: 2,520 square feet on homesite of 2,314 square feet

Taxes: $4,111 for 2004

Exterior features: Contemporary-style cedar town home with brick walkway, enclosed front patio.

Interior features: Three bedrooms, two full baths, one half-bath, marble foyer, updated kitchen and breakfast area, marble-floored dining room, two-story conservatory with floor-to-ceiling windows, sunken living room with wall of windows, master bedroom with separate sitting area overlooking the conservatory, hardwood flooring, skylights, ceiling fans.

Amenities: Golf-course view; flagstone patio; deck; gas fireplace; master bath with whirlpool tub, double-sink Corian vanity and oversize ceramic-tile shower with one glass block wall.

Close by: Reston Town Center, Hunters Woods Village Shopping Center, Tall Oaks Shopping Center, Plaza America Shopping Center, South Lakes Shopping Center, swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails and public Reston Golf Course.

Schools: Terraset Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle, South Lakes High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Steve and Cherie Thoman of RE/MAX Distinctive Real Estate in Reston at 703/391-1289

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