- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 1, 2005

While most homes are designed to be family-friendly, some residences are perfectly created to absorb an extended mix of relatives and friends with ease.

The Colonial-style home at 12867 Parapet Way, in the Camberley East subdivision in Oak Hill, combines gracious and comfortable rooms for gathering together along with five bedroom suites, each with a private bath.

Family members and visitors can easily find welcoming areas to relax in cozy clusters or larger groups in this estate, which has more than 7,300 finished square feet of living space. Yet each bedroom offers a private haven with tall windows, high ceilings, plenty of closet space and a luxurious personal bath.

On the market for $1,549,000, this home rests on a corner lot of almost 1 acre. A circular drive crosses in front of the home to provide additional parking for guests and leads to the side-entry three-car garage.

The property has been landscaped professionally and includes a manicured lawn that sweeps on a gentle slope to the main entrance of the brick-front home, which has a portico entrance above brick steps and a brick stoop.

Double front doors open onto an imposing two-story foyer with marble flooring, a curving hardwood staircase, a powder room and three coat closets. The formal living room and formal dining room flank the foyer, while the family room and sunroom are visible straight ahead.

The dining room includes Brazilian cherry flooring, floor-to-ceiling triple windows and a butler’s pantry of cherry wood with a granite counter, a stainless-steel sink and a wine rack. Across the foyer, the living room features matching flooring and another triple floor-to-ceiling window along with a two-sided gas fireplace shared with the adjacent library.

Ceramic-tile flooring just beyond the foyer leads into the kitchen and provides a border for the two-story family room, which has Brazilian cherry flooring. This room includes a gas fireplace with a space above for a flat-screen television. The fireplace is flanked by built-in cherry bookcases, and French doors open onto the adjacent sunroom. The family room also has skylights, a ceiling fan and round windows above multipaned windows facing the sunroom.

The sunroom has ceramic-tile flooring, a rear wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, skylights, two ceiling fans and two sets of sliding glass doors leading to two decks. One deck links to a brick patio adjacent to the morning room.

The family room opens onto the kitchen and breakfast area, which has a sliding glass door to one of the decks.

The kitchen includes a built-in desk with multiple drawers and cabinets and a center island with both a Jenn-Air six-burner cooktop and a raised granite breakfast bar. The raised-panel oak cabinets blend with granite counters, an appliance garage and upgraded stainless-steel appliances.

Nearby are an L-shaped walk-in pantry and a laundry room with two windows, additional cabinets, ceramic-tile flooring and a door to the garage.

Double doors open from the opposite side of the family room into an additional living area that could be converted into a private suite if desired. The morning room features Brazilian hardwood flooring, built-in cherry bookcases and a gas fireplace with a granite surround. A second set of double doors links the morning room with the formal living room.

A kitchenette opens off the morning room and includes ceramic-tile flooring, granite counters, raised-panel cherry cabinets, a wine cooler, a dishwasher, a microwave and a refrigerator. The kitchenette also has a separate exterior door.

Just beyond the morning room is a study with windows on two sides and a gas fireplace with a marble hearth and surround, cherry bookcases, recessed lighting and cherry flooring. The fireplace is the two-sided gas fireplace shared with the living room. A second powder room is next to the library.

Next to the morning room, an elevator has been installed that links the main level with the lower level. A space already exists for extending the elevator to the upper level.

A private staircase leads from the kitchenette to the main master suite, a personal retreat with a two-sided gas fireplace shared by the bedroom and the bath. The bedroom has a boxed ceiling, a marble hearth and surround for the fireplace and French doors leading to a private balcony. The adjacent sitting room includes windows on two sides.

The suite also features a large dressing room/walk-in closet with two windows, plus a private bath with ceramic-tile flooring, ceramic tile surrounding the fireplace, a Jacuzzi tub, a separate glass shower and two separate cherry vanities with granite tops.

Additional master suites are on the main and upper levels. The main staircase from the foyer leads to the loft area of the upper level, which includes a gallery overlooking the family room and foyer, along with a library area with built-in bookcases. An architect is developing plans to expand this area and link it to additional upper-level living space, which has not yet been finished. Adjacent to the loft is a bedroom with a private full bath and a double-door closet.

Another upper-level bedroom suite is accessible from a staircase in the laundry room. Built over the garage, this bedroom includes four dormer windows, a sloping ceiling and a large picture window at one end of the room. A private bath and a double-door closet complete this suite, which could function as a home office or play area, if desired.

On the main level, two bedroom suites are in a wing just beyond the kitchen. The first bedroom includes a tray ceiling, windows on two sides and an extensive walk-in closet. The private bath for this bedroom features a tub tucked underneath a window and a separate shower. The adjacent bedroom features a fireplace with a raised marble hearth and surround and a private bath.

The finished lower level features Berber carpeting on the stairs and in the entertainment room, which has a gas fireplace and recessed lighting and is open to a wet bar, raised-panel cherry cabinets and a granite counter. French doors open from the entertainment room to an indoor pool and hot tub surrounded by ceramic tile. The swimming pool is designed as a therapeutic pool for exercises rather than for swimming laps.

Near the entertainment area are a steam shower, a sauna, an exercise room with Berber carpeting and a full bath. The lower level also includes extensive unfinished storage rooms, two water heaters and three furnaces.

Whether relaxing by one of the many fireplaces, soaking in the hot tub or resting in the steam shower or sauna, residents of this expansive home can find space for privacy or togetherness at all times.

Address: 12867 Parapet Way, Oak Hill, VA 20171

Community: Camberley East

Age: Built 2002

Price: $1,549,000

Size: 7,303 finished square feet on lot of 39,494 square feet

Taxes: $14,607 in 2004

Homeowners association fee: $58 per month

Exterior features: Brick-front Colonial-style, single-family home with siding; circular drive, corner lot, side-entry three-car garage, professional landscaping, two decks, one balcony, in-ground sprinkler system and landscape lighting.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; six full baths; two powder rooms; two-story foyer with marble flooring; formal living room; formal dining room with wet bar; two-story family room with French doors to sunroom with skylights and access to two decks; morning room with fireplace and adjacent kitchenette; study with fireplace; private upper level master suite with sitting room, fireplace, bath and dressing room/walk-in closet; two main-level bedroom suites with private baths; upper level loft with adjacent bedroom with private bath; additional bedroom suite with private bath above garage; open kitchen and breakfast area with ceramic-tile flooring, granite counters and-stainless steel appliances; main-level laundry room with cabinets, adjacent walk-in pantry; finished lower level with entertainment room, wet bar, French doors to pool, exercise room.

Amenities: Private elevator; two two-sided fireplaces and four additional fireplaces; indoor exercise pool with hot tub, steam shower and sauna; security system; zoned heating and cooling; sound system throughout house; two water heaters.

Close by: Easy access to Interstate 66, Dulles Toll Road, Fair Oaks Mall, Reston Town Center, Franklin Farm shopping center and Washington Dulles International Airport

Schools: Navy Elementary, Franklin Middle, Chantilly High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Carol Veirs, associate broker, Weichert Realtors, 703/758-9799

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