- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 19, 2006

In 1966, builder Robert Cary, one of the principal developers of West Springfield, designed a home for his family in the Rolling Valley community off Rolling Road, including a bedroom for each of his four children.

The next family to own this rambler-style home also has two boys and two girls, a perfect fit for this warm home, which includes plenty of space for family life in spite of its deceptively small appearance.

Now on the market for $779,900, the home at 6517 Greenview Lane in Springfield is encircled by gardens and terraces created by the owner. The neat brick home includes white trim and a front porch, with brick walkways and flagstone terraces and steps perfect for admiring the perennial plantings, which include more than 10 varieties of hydrangeas.

In addition to the garden beds and lawn, the back yard includes a heated in-ground swimming pool with a diving board. Lilies bloom near the pool in June and July, spreading their scent across the water for an added touch of relaxation.

The front porch provides a welcome spot for greeting guests and chatting with neighbors on this quiet street just minutes from Rolling Road and Old Keene Mill Road. While Hidden Pond Nature Center, Pohick Creek Park and the Rolling Valley Elementary School are all within walking distance, commuters also will find they have a quick trip into the District.

The front door opens from the front porch into a foyer with a domed ceiling, a large closet and a staircase to the lower level. Straight ahead is the gracious living room, which has two sliding glass doors leading to the sunroom, a brick fireplace and built-in bookcases.

Like the rest of the main level, this room has hardwood flooring. The owners have been using the living room as a combined living area and music room, and a grand piano occupies one corner.

The owners have held many piano recitals and receptions by opening the sliding glass doors and accommodating guests in both the living room and the sunroom.

The sunroom has windows on three sides overlooking the backyard gardens, the swimming pool and the West Springfield Country Club golf course. The unheated sunroom has a flagstone terrace underfoot, although the owners added a carpet for extra warmth in cold weather. The sunroom can be used in three seasons.

Next to the living room is the formal dining room, which includes a built-in china cabinet and a deep bay window framing a view of the swimming pool. The dining room has chair-rail moldings and a chandelier. Other rooms on the main level also include chair-rail or crown moldings.

Adjacent to the dining room and in the front of the home is the custom kitchen, which has been renovated and sports abundant maple cabinets, some open, some with maple doors and some with glass doors.

Extra-tall cabinets hold the leaves for the dining table while other tall cabinets have been designed for cookie sheets. A pull-out cutting board has been added below the microwave, a cabinet door conceals the trash area, and a cleaning closet has been built behind the door for easy access.

The kitchen includes two double windows and a sliding glass door to a flagstone terrace at the side of the home for enjoying barbecues and outdoor dining. A gate in the fence links the swimming pool terrace to this patio.

Across the foyer from the kitchen, double shutter doors open onto the bedroom wing, which includes a large linen closet in the hall. The master bedroom has a deep walk-in closet and a private full bath with a charming floral porcelain sink that matches the wall tiles.

The master bath also includes a linen closet and a tile shower with a glass door.

The second and third bedrooms both have hardwood flooring and share the hall bath, which has a skylight.

The fourth and fifth bedrooms share a connecting bath, and the fifth bedroom includes a deep walk-in closet. A laundry chute off the hall adds convenience.

The finished lower level has a recreation room with a fireplace surrounded by a brick wall, with built-in bookcases along the wall. Just beyond the recreation room is a large, partially finished all-purpose room with a built-in workbench along one wall. This room has functioned as a model train room and a playroom and only requires a finished ceiling overhead.

On the opposite side of the recreation room are a deep walk-in pantry and wine cellar, plus a door to the garage, where storage cabinets line three walls yet there remains plenty of space for cars.

A utility closet also has extra storage. The laundry room has a large window looking into the back yard, a sewing desk, a closet, a closet rod for hang-drying clothes and plenty of cabinet space.

The lower level also includes a sixth bedroom with windows on two sides and a door to the full bath, which also is accessible from the hall for guests.

The details placed in the home by the builder include solid wood doors, hardwood flooring and moldings. The owners have added value with the updated kitchen, a new roof along and the extensive landscaping.

Address: 6517 Greenview Lane, Springfield, VA 22150

Community: Rolling Valley

Age: Built in 1966

Price: $779,900

Size: More than 3,200 finished square feet on lot of 13,000 square feet

Taxes: $5,508 in 2005

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Brick rambler-style home with white trim, two-car garage with additional storage space; brick and flagstone walkways; covered front porch; fully fenced and terraced rear yard with extensive landscaping; landscaped front yard; landscaped side patio.

Interior features: Six bedrooms; four full baths; powder room; foyer with domed ceiling; living room with fireplace; sunroom with windows on three sides; dining room with bay window; country kitchen; bedroom wing on main level with large linen closet, master bedroom with walk-in closet and private bath; two additional bedrooms sharing a hall bath; two more bedrooms sharing a connecting bath; finished lower-level recreation room; hobby or playroom with workbench; storage and utility rooms; laundry room with extra storage; sixth bedroom with adjacent full bath.

Amenities: Heated in-ground swimming pool, two fireplaces, new roof; built-in bookcases, crown and chair-rail moldings, gas heat.

Close by: Just outside the Beltway, near three Metrobus stops, within walking distance of Hidden Pond Nature Center and Pohick Creek Park, near shopping centers and Springfield Country Club

Schools: Rolling Valley Elementary, Irving Middle, West Springfield High

Open house: April 23, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Arthur Flickinger of Weichert Realtors at 703/690-0204.

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