- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 13, 2005

Buyers looking for an old-fashioned estate with complete privacy; a separate guest cottage; a barn; and views of a pond, pastures, lawns and gardens may feel their search is over when they visit the custom-designed home at 1088 Manning St. in Great Falls, Va.

A winding private road leads to this secluded 5-acre estate and its charming residence, which features an eclectic mix of rustic and refined elements.

Now on the market for $1,850,000, this 33-year-old home has been updated into a cozy family home with walls of French doors, bay windows and picture windows framing pastoral views and filling the home with light.

An elegant flagstone walkway flanked by stone walls and garden beds leads from the driveway to the front door. Perennial plants on the property include crepe myrtles, dogwoods, clematis vines and hydrangea. A second stone walkway links the main house and the guest cottage.

Guests or family members will be tempted to stay forever in this cottage, which has hardwood floors, crown moldings, a full kitchen with cherry cabinetry, a living area and sleeping area with built-in bookcases, and a full ceramic-tile bath.

A deep bay window overlooks the pond and the rear yard, and two additional windows bring in more light. A one-car garage is attached to the cottage.

The property also features a fenced paddock for horses and a barn with a tack room, a structure now used for storing garden equipment, including a tractor. A large two-car garage is attached to the main house.

Guests are welcomed in the unusually charming sunken foyer, which could double as a sunroom. The foyer features Mexican Saltillo tile flooring, two deep bay windows with oversize sills perfect for displaying plants or artwork, a vaulted ceiling with skylights, a coat closet and a step-up into the main hallway.

The main level features hardwood flooring in the living room, family room, dining room, study, kitchen, breakfast area and powder room, all of which have been refinished.

The formal living room includes three walls of floor-to-ceiling bookcases, crown moldings, recessed lighting and two tall windows overlooking a secluded side patio. Two doorways link the living room and sunken family room, which has a slate hearth fireplace with a wood-stove insert.

The fireplace features a cherry wood mantel with matching recessed bookcases on either side, and the room also includes crown moldings, two tall windows overlooking the front garden and French doors with sidelights that open onto the side patio.

The formal dining room includes an elegant wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and a Colonial-style mantel, plus a wall of French doors with a sweeping view of the pastures and pond. These doors allow access to the custom two-level deck, a perfect place for entertaining a crowd or simply contemplating the natural beauty of the property.

Near the dining room is a study with crown moldings, a wall of built-in bookcases and cabinets and a large bay window with a seat.

The owners upgraded their kitchen with diagonal hardwood flooring; granite counters; and bleached maple cabinetry with glass doors, pull-outs, specialty storage, swing-out storage, a pantry and an appliance garage.

A U-shaped, granite-topped center island dominates the room and includes cabinets and open shelves, a sitting space, a cooktop and a griddle.

Other upscale appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, a Kenmore trash compactor, an Asko dishwasher, and two wall ovens. French doors lead to the deck for easy entertaining, and a triple sink features a triple window above with pastoral views.

The owners expanded a hallway to create an adjacent breakfast area with hardwood flooring, a glass chandelier and beadboard wainscoting.

A small staircase leads from the kitchen to a private bedroom suite with double windows, a ceiling fan and a private ceramic-tile bath.

Additional bedrooms are on the upper level, including a front bedroom with three windows, two closets and hardwood flooring. This room is large enough to be converted into two smaller bedrooms with ease.

Nearby is an updated bath with a marble floor and marble counter.

The upper-level master suite features a wall of French doors, which open to a private balcony overlooking the yard and pond.

The bedroom has hardwood flooring and a mirrored dressing area with a walk-in closet with built-ins and an additional wall closet.

The remodeled master bath includes a marble floor, marble counter with two sinks, a separate shower with a bench, and a large whirlpool tub placed underneath two skylights and next to a picture window.

The master suite also includes a sitting room or dressing room with three additional closets with custom-designed built-ins, plus a deep bay window with a window seat.

The fourth bedroom in the main house is in the finished lower level and includes a tray ceiling, a double window and Saltillo tile flooring. Nearby is a full bath with ceramic-tile flooring and extra cabinetry for storage.

The lower level includes track and recessed lighting and French doors to the lower level patio.

Two casual recreation areas with Saltillo tile flooring are available for gatherings large or small.

The smaller room includes a brick wall fireplace with a wood storage box and a raised hearth, while the larger room has space for game tables, a large screen television and several seating areas. This room includes three large closets for storing games, movies and books, plus two windows overlooking the rear yard.

The lower level also includes a remodeled laundry room with a deep stainless-steel sink, a work counter, and abundance of cabinets and a closet. Additional storage and mechanical rooms are also on this level.

The home has invisible dog fencing and is wired for a security system.

While the seclusion of this property is one of its prime attractions, it also provides easy access to shopping, dining and entertainment at Great Falls Village, Colvin Mill Shops, Tysons Corner, Reston Town Center, McLean, Leesburg and downtown Washington. It is less than one mile to the Great Falls Village Center and minutes from Route 7.

Address: 1088 Manning St., Great Falls, VA 22066

Community: Jackson Albert Farm

Age: 33 years

Price: $1,850,000

Size: About 3,900 finished square feet on lot of 5 acres

Taxes: $17,752 in 2003

Exterior features: Colonial-style single family home of brick and siding with guest cottage, barn and stables, flagstone walkway, view of pond and fields, gardens, two-car side entry garage plus one-car garage attached to guest cottage; secluded location at end of winding private road

Interior features: Four bedrooms; four full baths; one half bath; additional bedroom and bath in guest cottage; sunken foyer with tile flooring, bay windows and skylights; formal living room with walls of floor-to-ceiling bookcases; sunken family room with wood stove; formal dining room with wood-burning fireplace, walls of French doors; library with bay window with window seat; updated kitchen with adjacent breakfast area, granite counters, U-shaped island, maple cabinets; steps from kitchen that lead to bedroom suite with private ceramic-tile bath; upper-level large bedroom, hall bath with marble floor and countertop; master suite with bath, separate sitting room, private balcony off bedroom; finished lower level with bedroom, full bath, hearth room or media room with fireplace, recreation room, storage rooms and laundry room with cabinets

Amenities: Multilevel deck; two patios; three fireplaces; walls of French doors; multiple deep bay windows; skylights; two-stall barn with tack room and fenced paddock; wired for security system and invisible dog fencing; guest cottage with bedroom and living area, full kitchen and full bath

Close by: One mile to Great Falls Village Center; easy access to Reston, Tysons Corner, Beltway and Washington Dulles International Airport

Schools: Colvin Run Elementary, Cooper Middle, Langley High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Jan Kendall and Dan Laytham of Long & Foster Realtors in Great Falls at 703/759-9190

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