- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Equestrian trails meander through the woods behind the home at 2311 Sawdust Road in Vienna, an estate on almost 2 acres that boasts a heated swimming pool with a Jacuzzi and a Har-Tru tennis court with a ball machine.

Now on the market for $1,870,000, this custom home was designed by architect and builder Monte West in 1984 and has been carefully maintained and updated during the past 20 years.

Although grand elements, such as the two-story foyer with its hardwood floor and pocket doors linking all the formal rooms, seem designed specifically for entertaining elegantly, this home also has several features meant to increase the privacy of its residents.

The main-level master suite, for example, is entered through an alcove that separates the suite from the rest of the home. Upstairs, a second hall, behind the wall of the gallery overlooking the foyer, provides private access to the secondary bedrooms.

Mature trees and professional landscaping lend privacy to the swimming pool and tennis court, and the home offers several areas for entertaining outdoors.

In addition to the swimming pool deck and the lower-level patio, the owners have an indoor-outdoor space adjacent to the pool. This slate-floored sunroom features a redwood cathedral ceiling with a ceiling fan and is ringed on three sides with sliding glass doors and screens, which can convert the space to a screened porch in warmer weather.

A mahogany double door with stained-glass inserts and a mullioned window above provides a distinctive entrance to the home.

An oak staircase leads from the foyer to the upper-level gallery overlook, and the formal living room and family room are both visible from the foyer.

A set of pocket doors links the foyer to the formal dining room, which has custom window treatments, a chandelier, and crown and chair-rail moldings.

The living room has floor-to-ceiling Pella windows with a view of the landscaped back yard, plus hardwood flooring, crown moldings and pocket doors leading to the family room.

The family room has double doors opening onto the foyer; a sliding glass door to the back yard; and a fieldstone floor-to-ceiling fireplace, which provides the focal point for the room. This room also has a corner wet bar with a wine rack above.

The kitchen and breakfast area was remodeled in 2002. It includes a gas fireplace with a brick surround, a casement window overlooking the back yard, a skylight and a pocket door to the dining room.

The room has hardwood floors, cherry cabinets, upgraded appliances, granite counters and a granite kitchen island/breakfast bar. A sliding glass door links the kitchen and breakfast area with the sunroom.

A door leads off the kitchen to the rear staircase leading to the upper and lower levels. Nearby are doors to the garage and to the laundry room, a spacious area with ceramic-tile flooring, abundant cabinets and work areas, a desk, a closet and a skylight.

The laundry room has an exterior door near the swimming pool and tennis court, plus a full bath, which is convenient for guests when they are swimming.

On the opposite side of the home are alcoves off the foyer that lead to a powder room, a library and the master suite.

The library has crown moldings, raised-panel walls, built-in bookcases and three tall windows. This room’s placement off a small alcove increases the privacy of its occupants and keeps it out of sight of the foyer.

The master suite features a gas fireplace with a marble surround in the bedroom, which has a tray ceiling, custom-designed window treatments and Pella windows with built-in blinds. A short hall with his-and-hers closets leads to the master bath, which has a whirlpool tub set into a deep bay window and a separate shower.

The upper level has two large bedrooms, which share a connecting bath with a double-sink vanity. Both bedrooms have a ceiling fan with a light and a large double-size closet. Across the hall are a fourth bedroom, a suite with a sloping ceiling, a deep window with a built-in window seat, a walk-in closet and a private ceramic-tile bath.

This level also includes a walk-in cedar closet, a large shelved closet, a storage closet with under-the-eaves storage and pull-down stairs to the attic.

The walk-out lower level has been designed for entertaining large groups, with a central recreation room measuring more than 47 feet by 24 feet. The owner held a sit-down wedding reception for more than 100 guests in this space, which has a high ceiling, a floor-to-ceiling brick wood-burning fireplace and a sliding glass door to a patio.

Adjacent to the recreation room is a large dance floor with track lighting.

The focal point for the lower level is the large professional bar, which was moved to the home from the Pizzeria Uno restaurant in Georgetown when the establishment was remodeled.

The full-size oak bar has a brass foot rail and walls of beveled glass mirrors and beveled glass ceiling fixtures overhead. The bar includes a sink, a refrigerator, a two-burner hot plate and a dishwasher, and the bar stools will convey to the buyer.

The lower level also has a fifth bedroom, which has a private sitting area and a full bath with ceramic-tile flooring. A large storage room with two entrances includes built-in cabinets and a counter with a sink, so it functions as a workroom or as a catering area when entertaining.

After 20 years as a setting for a happy family life, this Vienna estate is in perfect condition, awaiting its next phase as a haven for entertaining and relaxation.

Address: 2311 Sawdust Road, Vienna, VA 22181

Community: Hunters Valley Northwest

Age: 20 years

Price: $1,870,000

Size: 6,491 finished square feet on site of 1.81 acres

Taxes: $10,182 in 2003

Exterior features: All-brick Colonial-style custom home with brick steps and stoop, landscaped and wooded lot, circular drive with two-car side-entry garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms; 51/2 baths; two-story foyer with hardwood flooring and oak stairs; pocket doors throughout main level; formal living room; formal dining room; family room with fireplace; first-floor office; updated kitchen with fireplace, granite counters and cherry cabinets; covered screened porch adjacent to swimming pool; first-floor master suite with marble gas fireplace, walk-in closets and bath; laundry room/workroom with adjacent full bath; rear stairs to upper and lower levels; two bedrooms upstairs connected by bath; one upper-level bedroom with private full bath; storage closets, including cedar closet, on upper level and lower level; lower level with recreation room including fireplace, dance floor and full-size bar; fifth bedroom and full bath on lower level

Amenities: Heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi; Har-Tru tennis court with ball machine, sprinkler system and line roller; four fireplaces, three of which are gas with remote controls; stereo system; alarm system; central vacuum; satellite dish

Close by: Vienna Metro station, town of Vienna, Reston, Washington Dulles International Airport

Schools: Oakton Elementary, Thoreau Middle, Madison High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Marianne McKittrick of RE/MAX Supreme Properties, 703/444-3111

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