- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The traditional Great Falls home has extensive surrounding land, which creates a rural, private atmosphere, and plenty of living space inside for entertaining while allowing each family member extensive personal space.

The Great Falls home now on the market at 706 Walker Road embodies these neighborhood characteristics. It adds a twist of contemporary flavor with floor-to-ceiling windows in many rooms, with sweeping views of the 2.7-acre property and a meandering main-level floor plan that has rooms for every activity.

This graceful custom home, built in 1989, is on the market for $1,640,000.

Set back from Walker Road at the end of a circular driveway, this residence occupies a location within walking distance of the shops and restaurants at Great Falls Village Center and Great Falls Elementary School.

Green lawns and garden beds lead to a row of mature trees at the back of the property, and a professionally landscaped garden bed provides a spectacular introduction to the home from the front drive.

While the lawns and gardens beckon in the summer months, they can also be appreciated from the covered flagstone front porch and the side porch.

A second covered front porch wraps around the back of the house with a tile floor, columns, a beadboard ceiling and access to the home through several sets of French doors.

Nearly every room in the house includes as many floor-to-ceiling windows as possible, and the gleaming golden oak hardwood flooring underfoot adds to the lightness of the rooms.

The owners have added a light French provincial look to their home with cheerful paint tones of yellow, rose and blue inside to blend with the yellow cedar siding and blue trim outside.

The main entrance to the home is through a two-story foyer, which has a Palladian window on the upper portion. The extensive foyer includes a wall of windows overlooking the side garden and an oak staircase leading to the upper level.

A step-down from the foyer leads into the living room, a generously proportioned room with a large two-sided fireplace shared with the library. Charming floral-painted tiles surround the fireplace on both sides. The two-story library includes windows on three sides, a wet bar, and a wall of built-in cabinets and bookshelves.

Step-ups lead from the living room into the morning room and into the formal dining room. The morning room has one wall of windows, a second window and a set of French doors leading to the back porch. Buyers may choose to use this space as a reading area or music room, or just as a cozy sitting area for admiring the back garden.

The dining room can easily accommodate a holiday-size crowd and includes a deep bay window and recessed lighting, along with two sets of French doors. The cheerful blue walls include two built-in china cabinets in the corners of the room.

A swinging door links the dining room with the kitchen, a carefully planned space with abundant cabinet and counter space, Corian counters, three windows over the sink, track and recessed lighting, a breakfast bar, a built-in desk, and an expansive pantry with double doors.

The breakfast room adjacent to the kitchen leads into the family room, which has a wall of windows, a ceiling fan and a fireplace.

A step-down from the breakfast room leads into the sunroom, which has a wall of windows and a set of French doors leading to the wraparound porch. A second set of French doors leads into the guest suite, which has a cozy sitting area with a window, a closet, a bedroom with large windows and a private full bath.

This suite is perfect for in-laws or a nanny because it occupies a private corner of the main level.

An entrance from the family room leads to a back foyer with doors to the two-car garage and a second entrance to the first-floor guest suite.

Off the garage are a laundry room and a corner workshop with a built-in workbench. The workshop also has an exterior door with a path to the front of the home.

The second level of the home includes a gallery overlooking the foyer. The master suite has two window openings above the library, along with walls of windows on two sides of the bedroom.

A linen closet and expanded walk-in closet are linked to a dressing area with a marble floor, a built-in desk and a vanity with a sink. The marble master bath has a whirlpool tub and a glass-enclosed marble shower.

Three more bedrooms are located along the upper-level gallery, each with large windows and closets. The fourth bedroom includes a built-in desk and shelves. These bedrooms share a full bath off the hall.

The finished lower level, reached by golden oak hardwood stairs, includes a recreation room with hardwood flooring. Adjacent to the recreation room is an extensive game room.

Off the game room are a full bath and two storage rooms. The lower level also includes an office with a built-in desk and shelves, plus another storage room off the recreation room.

Extensive windows and open vistas from one end of the main level to the other are balanced by the charming sitting areas of this home.

Address: 706 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066

Community: Fields Estates

Age: Built in 1989

Price: $1,640,000

Size: Lot of 2.7 acres

Taxes: $11,004 in 2004

Exterior features: Traditional farmhouse and contemporary blend, cedar siding, flagstone front walk and side patio, circular private driveway with additional parking, two-car garage, professionally landscaped grounds with garden bed in center of drive, level lot of nearly 3 acres with mature trees bordering lawns

Interior features: Five bedrooms; four full baths; one powder room; two-story foyer; golden oak hardwood flooring on main level and stairs; vaulted ceilings; formal living room; formal dining room with bay window; library; morning room; family room; sunroom; kitchen with Corian counters; first-floor in-law suite with private bath and sitting area; first-floor laundry room; first-floor workshop/hobby room; master suite with bath, dressing area and walk-in closet; finished lower level with office including built-in desk, game room, recreation room, full bath and multiple storage rooms

Amenities: Back porch with tile flooring accessed from dining room and morning room, two fireplaces, four-zone heating and air conditioning, two water heaters

Close by: Walking distance to Great Falls Village Center and to Great Falls Elementary School; easy access to Reston, McLean and Tysons Corner and to the Beltway and downtown Washington

Schools: Great Falls Elementary, Cooper Middle, Langley High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Donna Uscinski of Weichert Realtors, 703/759-7204.

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