- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2005

With its blend of stone, wood and glass, the contemporary home at 8914 Old Dominion Drive in McLean has been designed to blend into its rural surroundings. With deer, foxes and hawks often visiting the property, the architect’s goal seems to have been met.

A stand of mature trees and shrubs shades this residence from the road, and a gravel drive leads past more trees and garden beds to the home. In addition to the 2-acre homesite that cushions this home in nature, the property backs to 30 acres of parkland, including Difficult Run creek, and is linked to Great Falls Park.

Gates and steppingstone walkways link the home to the lawn and the woods, where hikers can make their way to Difficult Run and all the way to the Potomac River. Old Dominion Drive and nearby Georgetown Pike quickly connect this seemingly rural retreat to the Beltway, Great Falls and Tysons Corner. There are only two traffic lights between the property and the edge of the District.

Now on the market for $2,200,000, this McLean estate has been one family’s retreat since it was built in 1979, affectionately known as their “treehouse.” Designed to be a personal resort, the property features not only woods and gardens, but also a tennis court and a swimming pool surrounded by a flagstone patio with a gazebo and built-in benches.

Multilevel decks wrap around three sides of the home, providing additional space for entertaining and dining outdoors. The owners have held many parties in this home over the years, relishing their privacy — neighbors are not disturbed, even when there is live music.

Inside, the home has been wired so music can be played in every room, and both the main level and lower level include two-sided fireplaces for winter cheer. Picture windows, sliding glass doors, clerestory windows and skylights fill the home with sunlight, a prime consideration for the purchasers when they bought it. Glimpses of thick woods are visible from every window, and the open oak stairs and hardwood flooring on the two upper levels echo the wood tones.

A flagstone walkway leads from the front drive to the two-story foyer, a gracious room with clerestory windows, skylights and a gallery overlook from the second floor. Straight ahead are the living room and family room, which share a two-sided stone fireplace. The step-down living room opens onto the sunroom, which has multiple windows and a sliding glass door framing views of the pool and gazebo. The two-story family room includes two sets of sliding glass doors to the deck, a triangular alcove with windows and two skylights.

Adjacent to the family room, the breakfast room opens onto both the kitchen and a side deck. The kitchen has been updated with granite counters, unique bead-board cabinets and stainless-steel appliances, and includes a built-in desk, a wine rack and a tumbled-marble backsplash.

The generously sized formal dining room at the front of the home includes three picture windows framing views of the woods. The library, across the foyer, includes windows on two sides and a wall of built-in cabinets and bookshelves with a wet bar.

The main level also includes a laundry room or mudroom with additional cabinets and a door to the garage, and a powder room.

Upstairs, the master suite includes a bedroom with a stone fireplace, skylights and a cathedral ceiling with windows overlooking the family room below. The luxury bath linked to the bedroom has a soaking tub under a picture window, a separate shower and a dual-sink vanity.

Double doors open from the bathroom to the master-suite sitting room, which has multiple windows on two sides of the room overlooking the woods. This completely separate room could function as an office or a nursery. The current owners enjoy it as a hobby room. The suite also includes a dressing area and two walk-in closets.

This level also includes a front bedroom with a private full bath and an alcove that has a vaulted ceiling. Two additional bedrooms on this level both have double closets, and they share a hall bath. The owners were particularly pleased with the generous size of the secondary bedrooms and their closets when they bought the home so many years ago, and they say the architect was ahead of his time in adding a third full bath upstairs, along with a separate master sitting room.

The finished lower level provides multiple flexible rooms for entertaining or creating an exercise room or additional office. This level has a bedroom with an adjacent full bath. On the opposite side of the bath is a lounge area with a sliding glass door to a flagstone patio that leads to the pool. If desired, this bedroom-bath-and-lounge area could be converted into a private apartment or in-law suite.

The largest rooms on this level are two recreation rooms linked by a two-sided fireplace with a raised-brick hearth on either side. Next to these rooms are an additional large open space, formerly a billiards room, with a wet bar. A walk-in cedar closet and additional storage rooms complete this level.

Locating a woodland retreat is becoming more difficult in the Washington area, but one with the added benefit of resort-style recreational amenities and easy access to commuter and retail areas make this a true find.

Address: 8914 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22102

Community: Churchman P. Johnson

Age: 25 years

Price: $2,200,000

Size: About 6,000 square feet of living space on 2-acre lot

Taxes: $11,261 in 2004

Exterior features: Stone-and-wood contemporary-style home on private gravel drive with mature trees and shrubs for privacy, garden beds, flagstone step and stoop, multilevel deck, flagstone patio, parking area, and side-entry two-car garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms; four full baths; one half bath; two-story foyer with open wood stairs, ceramic-tile flooring and clerestory windows; living room with two-sided fireplace open to two-story family room, skylights, sliding glass doors to deck; sunroom with access to deck; library with built-in bookcases and wet bar; formal dining room; center-island kitchen open to breakfast room with sliding glass door to side deck; master suite with fireplace, skylights, separate sitting room, luxury bath, two walk-in closets; finished lower level with bedroom, full bath, four flexible recreation rooms, two-sided fireplace, wet bar and multiple storage closets

Amenities: Home backs to 30 acres of parkland; heated swimming pool with flagstone deck and gazebo; tennis court; intercom/stereo system for entire home

Close by: Great Falls, McLean, Tysons Corner, Reston, Beltway and downtown Washington

Schools: Spring Hill Elementary School, Cooper Middle School, Langley High School

Open House: Aug. 14, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Claudette Schwartz with Weichert Realtors at 703/309-HOME.

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