- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 13, 2005

Many homes in a typical suburban development share a similar traditional exterior style, featuring a combination of brick and siding, with a green lawn and tall trees.

The similarity often ends at the threshold, since homeowners frequently stamp their own personalities on the inside of their residences rather than the outside.

The home at 6404 Four Oaks Lane in Burke, now on the market for $749,000, may present a traditional Dutch Colonial-style exterior. Inside, however, the owners have renovated the home with hardwood flooring, a dazzling kitchen and an expansive flagstone patio and tiled deck designed to accommodate their love of entertaining.

Built in 1981, this Burke home rests on a quiet street within a few blocks of the Fairfax County Parkway. The property includes almost a quarter-acre of land, with an attached two-car garage and a fully fenced yard.

Off the main level is a wood deck with a tile floor placed over the wood to protect the hot tub below. Stairs lead from the deck to the expansive flagstone patio, which includes several seating areas and a six-person hot tub. The owners will convey the hot tub and all patio furniture to the buyers.

Hardwood floors and extensive built-in bookcases have been added to this home, including additional mirrored closets on the upper and lower levels. The foyer features a hardwood staircase to the upper level, a closet and a powder room.

The formal living room includes a bay window and a wide opening into the adjacent family room, creating an open floor plan perfect for entertaining. The family room features a wood-burning fireplace with a Georgian-style mantel, a marble hearth and glass doors. Built-in bookcases and cabinets flank the fireplace, and this room also has recessed lighting and a sliding glass door to the deck.

On the opposite side of the foyer is the formal dining room, which has a bay window, a ceiling medallion with a chandelier, crown and chair-rail moldings.

Across the back of the house, the breakfast room includes a doorway into the family room as well as a deep bay window. The renovated kitchen includes granite counters, a built-in desk and G.E. Profile appliances.

The adjacent laundry room has a door to the back yard, a door into the garage and numerous shelves for additional pantry storage.

The upper-level master bedroom suite includes parquet wood flooring, a window seat in the front window and a wall of mirrored closets. Doors lead from the bedroom to a walk-in closet with a window and to a full bath with a double-sink vanity and a window overlooking the back yard.

Two of the three additional bedrooms on this level include window seats, and the back bedroom has a double window framing views of the back yard and trees. Two of the bedrooms are connected by pocket doors and currently function as office space. These bedrooms share a full bath off the hall that also has a double-sink vanity and a window.

The lower level can function as an in-law suite or as an entertainment center for the home. Italian ceramic-tile flooring has been used throughout the lower level, which has an extensive recreation room with a sliding glass door to the flagstone patio and hot tub. The recreation room includes custom shelving and a china cabinet with pull-out drawers and shelving to hold extra glassware and dishes for large parties.

Adjacent to the recreation room is a kitchenette with cabinets and counter space, a full-size refrigerator, a dishwasher and a microwave. Nearby are a linen closet, a full bath and a large bedroom with windows facing the back yard and a wall of closets.

The lower level also has a second laundry room with built-in shelving, a storage closet, a utility closet and another walk-in closet.

The owners enjoy entertaining and have even had parties with as many as 100 guests under a tent in the back yard. Their home has been upgraded with a new roof, new siding, a new furnace, new air conditioning, wireless Internet on all three levels, an intercom system, a central electronic humidifier and a central electronic air filter.

Address: 6404 Four Oaks Lane, Burke, VA 22015

Community: Four Oaks Estates

Age: Built in 1981, renovated 1997

Price: $749,000

Size: 3,550 finished square feet on home site of .21 acres

Taxes: $4,957 in 2005

Homeowners’ association fee: $4 per month

Exterior features: Dutch Colonial-style single-family home of brick and siding; attached two-car garage; flagstone walkway and steps; fully fenced rear yard with lawn extending to mature trees.

Interior features: Five bedrooms, 31/2 baths; central foyer with wood stairs; formal living room with bay window; family room with fireplace and built-in bookcases and cabinets, glass door to deck; formal dining room with bay window; hardwood flooring on main and upper levels; open breakfast room with bay window; upgraded kitchen with granite counters; large laundry room with storage, door to garage and to back yard; master bedroom with private full bath, walk-in closet, built-in bookcases and additional wall closet; finished lower level with ceramic-tile flooring, recreation room, kitchenette with full-size refrigerator, bedroom with wall of closets, full bath, second laundry room with storage space.

Amenities: Wood deck, expansive flagstone patio, six-person hot tub, intercom system, wireless Internet on all three levels, humidifier, air filter, gas heat and hot water.

Close by: Near Fairfax County Parkway, Interstate 95, and the Beltway for commuting; close to Burke Lake Park and golf course.

Schools: Cherry Run Elementary, Lake Braddock Middle, Lake Braddock High

Open house: Oct. 16, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Angela Eliopoulos of Long & Foster Realtors at 703/989-5989.

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