- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 23, 2005

A touch of Tuscany lies at the end of narrow Twelve Oaks Drive, a gently twisting path among the trees in Fairfax Station. A handful of custom homes lines the street, each a private estate with wooded views and its own character.

At 7231 Twelve Oaks Drive in Fairfax Station, the owners worked with custom builder Mike Garcia to create an Italian Renaissance-style stucco home atop a sloping lot surrounded by five acres of private land near the end of a cul-de-sac.

Now on the market for $1,700,000, this 10-year-old home includes more than 10,000 square feet of finished living space on three levels.

A gently sloping driveway leads to a three-car side-entry garage, with additional parking available for guests along the drive and outside the garage.

A low stone wall accents the sweeping front lawn and complements a similar wall that encloses the flagstone patio at the back of the home.

Professional landscaping enhances the property, along with a flagstone walkway, which leads to the front portico.

The stucco provincial-style home features varied rooflines and stone accents at each corner, plus shutters for additional detailing.

Guests are welcomed into an impressive two-story foyer with a Palladian window, an immense crystal chandelier and imported Italian marble flooring.

Archways lead from the foyer into the formal dining room, the library and the marble gallery, which creates a path in the center of the home across its entire width.

A second arch off the hallway leads into the formal living room, which has three arches linked by columns echoing the arched windows over three sets of French doors leading to the deck.

A black marble fireplace flanked by arched art niches with cabinets fills one wall of the living room.

Each of the larger main-level rooms features a unique ceiling treatment, which adds distinction to the home, along with extensive wainscoting, detailed window and door trim, and crown and chair-rail moldings. The living room features a boxed tray ceiling.

On either side of the foyer are the formal dining room and library. The dining room includes six-piece crown moldings, wainscoting, an octagonal tray ceiling, custom-designed hardwood flooring with Brazilian walnut and mahogany inlay, and a marble fireplace flanked by two arched china cabinets.

The library features hardwood flooring with walnut inlay, a marble gas fireplace, a square tray ceiling with recessed lighting and custom built-in bookcases.

The marble gallery leads to the first-floor master suite at one end of the home, which includes a generously sized bedroom with a tray ceiling, French doors to a covered private section of the deck that extends around the back of the house, and built-in speakers and a built-in entertainment center.

A walk-in closet with a window and pull-down stairs to attic storage provides ample space for clothing and other items. The master bath includes cathedral ceilings, marble flooring, a whirlpool tub set into a deep bay window, and a three-headed glass-enclosed shower.

At the opposite end of the gallery are the less formal areas of the home, including a kitchen and breakfast area that opens onto the family room. The kitchen has ceramic-tile flooring, light maple cabinets, granite counters, a planning desk with a granite top, and a two-level center island that functions as a breakfast bar and chef’s preparation area.

The adjacent breakfast area includes a deep bay window and an atrium door to the deck, plus decorative columns and a low wall, which separates this space from the family room.

The family room has a stone fireplace with a raised hearth, a built-in entertainment center with bookcases and cabinets, two sets of French doors leading to the deck, and a rear window wall framing a view of the woods.

Its vaulted two-story ceiling is crossed with white-painted beams. It has six skylights.

Along the marble gallery are a powder room, closets, and a laundry room and mudroom with entrances to the garage and an exterior door.

Upstairs, a bonus room has been built over the garage to function as a family room or children’s study with space for several activities. This room has four dormers, multiple closets and a private full bath and can also be used as a bedroom or a second master suite.

Four additional bedrooms are arranged around the upper-level gallery, which overlooks the foyer. One of these bedrooms has a private full bath, while the others share a hall bath. Most of the bedrooms have a walk-in closet or two wall closets.

The finished lower level can accommodate crowds when entertaining and includes several rooms with multiple functions.

The central recreation room has 9-foot ceilings and several sets of French doors that open onto the covered stone patio, plus a wet bar in one corner with a wine rack, sink and refrigerator.

Adjacent to the recreation room is a billiards room with a step-down leading to another large family room or exercise room with mirrors, French doors to the stone patio and a wall-size picture window with a transom framing a view of the woods.

Near the central recreation room is a full kitchen with a marble floor, light maple cabinets, granite counters and stainless-steel appliances. Next to the kitchen is a full bath.

Other lower-level rooms include a guest bedroom and a home theater. The opposite wing of the lower level includes two additional spaces, which can function as a home office and another bedroom.

French doors lead from the office area to the stone patio.

These rooms are large enough to function as banquet rooms for entertaining large groups or for meetings.

This home has more than 2,737 finished square feet of living space on the lower level — more than many single-family homes have in their entirety.

Creating a home on this level for in-laws or live-in maids or nannies would be simple.

With more than 10,000 finished square feet of living space, an extended family could easily find places in this residence for entertaining friends formally or casually.

The extensive bedrooms and multiple rooms on the lower level provide the setting for privacy and for the possibility of more than one resident working at home.

Address: 7231 Twelve Oaks Drive, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Community: Twelve Oaks

Age: 10 years

Price: $1,700,000

Size: 10,190 finished square feet on 5.05 acres

Taxes: $15,469 in 2003

Exterior features: Provincial-style stucco custom home near end of cul-de-sac with asphalt drive, three-car side-entry garage, stone accent wall, professional landscaping, flagstone front walk leading to columned portico entrance

Interior features: Eight bedrooms; six full baths; one half bath; two-story foyer with marble floor; marble gallery in center of home; archways connecting rooms with foyer and gallery; first-floor master suite with French doors to deck, walk-in closet and bath; formal dining room with octagonal tray ceiling; library with tray ceiling, built-in bookcases; living room with black marble fireplace and wall of Palladian windows; kitchen open to bay-windowed breakfast area and sunken family room with vaulted and beamed two-story ceiling, six skylights, French doors to deck; finished lower level with high ceilings, recreation room, exercise room, home theater, home office, wet bar and French doors to slate patio, plus two guest bedrooms and two full baths; five bedrooms on upper level with three full baths; one of these bedrooms functions as a bonus room with study and play areas for the family

Amenities: Four gas fireplaces, marble master bath with whirlpool tub and large glass-enclosed shower, wood deck including covered section, flagstone patio, digital sound system throughout home; laundry room with outside entrance, closets and cabinets, automatic sprinkler system, wooded views

Close by: Minutes to Virginia Route 123 and Fairfax County Parkway, historic town of Clifton

Schools: Clifton Elementary, Robinson Middle, Robinson High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Dennis Mahafkey of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 703/217-0389

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