- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 9, 2004

River and mountain views combine with stunning architecture to define the Rivergate estate in Bedford County, Va.

With more than 7,000 square feet of living space and a homesite of 9.6 acres, this home provides the ultimate contemporary country estate 10 minutes from downtown Lynchburg and about four hours from Washington.

Designed by Maurice Jennings, a former partner of noted Arkansas architect E. Fay Jones, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, Rivergate is a masterpiece of stone, cypress and glass integrated into a site on a bluff with a spectacular view of the James River.

On the market for $2,450,000, Rivergate has gated stone pillars off Fox Hill Road leading to the aggregate-paved driveway and on into the multicar pavilion, which has sheltered coverage into the main entrance of the home.

Built in 1999, Rivergate has such distinctive features as detailed cherry cabinetry, louvered screens and stone flooring covered with carpets. Patios and terraces surround the home for entertaining with ease, and the rooms all feature cathedral ceilings with lighted ledges, mirrored skylights, walls and corners of glass, folding screens, indirect and recessed lighting, and stone paving.

The main living areas have been placed on the main and lower levels.

The formal living area has been designed adjacent to the banquet-size dining room for easier entertaining, and it includes a stone fireplace.

The casual living area on this level adjacent to the main kitchen and breakfast area also includes a stone fireplace, as does a lower-level casual living space.

All of these areas have stones from Arkansas or Oklahoma, and the lower-level fireplace still includes the original moss on the stone.

The kitchen includes cherry cabinets and a pantry, with counters and a center island of grained, polished India granite.

All the corners have been mitered and sealed so that the stone seems to slide smoothly into the sinks and the gas burners and grill. Two electric convection ovens with warming drawers, a wet bar, a microwave and a built-in refrigerator complete this kitchen.

The first-floor guest suite occupies a private wing of the home and includes a bedroom, full bath and studio.

The main level also includes a sunroom, a home office or study, a formal powder room off the foyer, a mudroom, a laundry room and a second half bath.

Upstairs, the master-bedroom suite occupies a private wing of the home that spans 60 by 30 feet. This bedroom has the home’s fourth fireplace, and the suite includes dressing rooms and bath areas.

A second bedroom with a second full bath, plus a spacious laundry room, completes this level.

All the bedrooms, along with the three living areas and the main kitchen, offer access to terraces or a bronze-screened porch with views of the James River and the mountains in the distance.

The lower level includes the casual living area along with a fitness center, including a floating hardwood floor, a second kitchen, a bedroom and bath, and a wine cellar with a cooler.

The home includes four-zone heat pumps and air conditioning with propane heat backups and a full power generator, which runs all major systems during power failures.

Other features include a security system, a lawn irrigation system, full computer wiring, direct television, a humidifier system and electronic air cleaners.

Contact managing broker Dottie Figg of Long & Foster Real Estate’s Stony Point office in Richmond at 877/272-0220, or visit www.dottiefigg.com or www.river-gate.com.

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