- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 23, 2004

Great Falls has its glitzy mansions in contemporary or French provincial style, but this area of Northern Virginia has been traditionally known for its Colonial-style homes, placed with great care and regard for privacy in forest and meadows with plenty of space for grazing horses.

The classic Great Falls appeal involves a drive down a winding narrow lane with towering trees draping the road in shadows. At the end of the lane will be a charming farmhouse surrounded by privately owned land.

Fulfilling this time-honored Great Falls fantasy, the home at 10716 Fawn Drive is now on the market for $1,197,000. Fawn Drive becomes a gravel road shortly after the turnoff from Utterback Store Road, narrowing and twisting past trees that offer a canopy of privacy for the homes dotting the edges of the lane.

10716 Fawn Drive, at the end of the lane, is heavily wooded. A brook meanders along the side of the home through the rear of lot of more than 5 acres.

The owners have created a peaceful setting for their home with only half an acre that needs to be mowed. The rest has flourished naturally.

Built in 1985, this Colonial-style home has been carefully maintained.

A narrow drive leads over the brook to the side-entry two-car garage and to a path leading to the front porch. Wood flooring along the porch, painted pale gray, blends well with the white-painted beadboard ceiling and the white pillars and white pickets that surround the porch. The porch wraps around the side of the house and includes a deep overhang for shade from sun and protection during rainfall.

Garden beds edge the house, and a two-level wood deck at the rear of the home allows for more space to enjoy outdoor dining and relaxing while admiring the woods.

The manicured lawns create additional areas for entertaining in both the front and back of the house, although many guests may want to explore the woods and hike alongside the brook.

Inside, this home includes three finished levels with more than 3,000 finished square feet. The main level features hardwood flooring and extensive moldings.

At the front of the home, double doors lead into a private office with two floor-to-ceiling windows and built-in shelving.

On the opposite side of the foyer is the formal living room, which has four tall windows. Just beyond the living room is the formal dining room, which has a chandelier, crown and chair-rail moldings and a bay window overlooking the back yard.

Adjacent to the dining room is the kitchen, which has hardwood flooring and a wall of mullioned windows overlooking the back yard.

The kitchen includes a pantry, a breakfast bar and a bay-windowed breakfast nook.

This entire area opens to the family room, which has a brick wall with a wood-burning fireplace and space for wood storage. French doors lead from the family room to the expansive rear deck.

The main level also includes a pantry and a large laundry room with additional storage shelves and a door to the garage.

The upper-level master suite includes a large bedroom with a sitting area and three tall windows overlooking the front of the house.

A set of double doors links the master bedroom to the fourth bedroom, currently in use as a separate sitting room.

This sitting room can be easily converted to use as a nursery or bedroom.

In addition, the master suite has a dressing room with two skylights and plenty of space for a sitting area.

The master bath includes a cathedral ceiling and a whirlpool tub with a tall window above framing views of the trees. This bath also has a separate shower and a heat lamp.

The upper level has a second full bath, which serves the other bedrooms and includes two separate vanities with sinks.

Two additional bedrooms on this level each include a double-door closet and two tall windows.

The finished lower level includes a walk-out through French doors to a patio and the lower level of the deck.

This level includes an oversize wet bar with cabinets, counter space, glass shelves, a double sink, a pantry and a full-size refrigerator.

Adjacent to the bar is a large carpeted recreation room with a raised brick hearth and a wood-burning stove, plus both track and recessed lighting.

The lower level also includes a full bath and a bonus room, which can be used as a guest bedroom or exercise room or additional home office.

Storage closets and unfinished storage areas are abundant on the lower level. The home also has a security system, pull-down stairs to the attic and two-zone heating and air conditioning.

Lovers of Great Falls’ most traditional style will appreciate this home nestled under the trees with its delightful front porch and rushing stream.

They may also appreciate the easy access to Reston, Tysons Corner, Sterling and the Dulles Corridor for work and play.

Address: 10716 Fawn Drive, Great Falls, VA 22066

Community: Redmon Martin

Age: Built in 1985

Price: $1,197,000

Size: 3,714 square feet on homesite of 5.34 acres

Taxes: $10,440 in 2003

Exterior features: Colonial-style single-family home with sloping roof, dormer windows, deep front porch that wraps around one side of the home, two-level deck, side-entry two-car garage.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; three full baths; one half bath; traditional center-hall floor plan; hardwood flooring; moldings; first-floor study; formal living room; formal dining room; kitchen, breakfast area and open family room with brick wood-burning fireplace; first-floor laundry room; master suite with dressing room or sitting room with skylights, multiple closets, bath; three more bedrooms upstairs, one convertible to sitting room; finished lower level with wet bar, French doors to patio, family room with wood-burning stove, full bath, bonus room for guests or exercise space.

Amenities: Private, mostly wooded site of more than 5 acres at end of gravel road; stream winds around property

Close by: Minutes to Great Falls Village shops, Georgetown Pike and Route 7

Schools: Forestville Elementary, Cooper Middle and Langley High

Open house: Sept. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Maria Lukas of Long & Foster Real Estate at 301/215-4783.

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