- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Only occasionally are custom homes designed and built without a specific buyer in mind. Builders call this type of project “spec,” short for speculative.

The home at the Preserve at Russell Road in Alexandria, named the Norman Rockwell, will likely attract many interested buyers, particularly those who appreciate the attention to detail along with the placement of the property on 2 wooded acres.

The homesite, despite its privacy, offers easy access to interstates 95 and 66, the George Washington Parkway and Old Town Alexandria’s waterfront.

WCI Communities Inc. worked with the Lessard Architectural Group Inc. and Rust, Orling & Neale Architects Inc. to create the Norman Rockwell, which is now on the market for $4,878,000.

The stately home features a brick exterior with Flemish bond detailing, a brick paver entrance and a steeply pitched slate roof with dormer windows.

Dual curving brick steps create a stately entrance. The home has been professionally landscaped, including a sodded lawn and an irrigation system. The custom front door includes a transom and sidelight windows. The property also has a three-car, side-entry garage.

Terraces enhance the back of the home, which also includes a private tennis court. A private roof terrace is accessible from the master bedroom.

The interior of the home includes an impressive two-story entrance with an oak staircase and iron balusters. The first floor and second-level hall feature hardwood flooring, while a slate floor adds drama to the lower-level entry, wine room, wine cellar and bar.

Other finishing touches to this home include masonry and gas fireplaces with marble surrounds and mantels, three-piece crown moldings, cherry bookcases in the library, a designer lighting package and an elevator.

The formal powder room has marble flooring, and a second powder room is near the laundry room. Each of the secondary baths includes granite or Corian counters and large ceramic tile on floors and walls.

The marble master bath has quartz counters, a whirlpool tub and separate shower. The kitchen includes granite counters, a separate food pantry with custom built-ins, a 48-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator, a 48-inch Viking range, a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher and a Miele coffee system, speed oven and warming drawer.

The main level of the Norman Rockwell features an open foyer with columns leading into a circular reception area with a curving staircase to the upper level. The formal living room at the front of the home includes a fireplace, columns and windows on two sides. The formal dining room also includes columns and a fireplace. A hall with the formal powder room links the dining room with the kitchen.

The main level also includes a two-story family room with a fireplace, three sets of French doors to the rear terrace and walls of windows on the upper level. Next door to the family room is a generously sized library with built-in bookcases and a deep bay window.

The center-island kitchen opens onto a breakfast room with a deep bay window. Nearby is a rear staircase to both the upper and lower levels.

Other nearby rooms include a pantry, a second powder room and a keeping room/tech center with three windows. This space can be used as a family office or children’s study. A rear entrance to the home with a closet is also nearby, along with a laundry room.

The main-level guest suite includes a walk-in closet, plenty of sitting areas in the spacious bedroom, and a private full bath with a dual-sink vanity, a tub and a separate shower.

Upstairs, the master suite fills an entire wing of the home and includes a double-door entrance into a vestibule, which adds privacy. Columns flank the entrance to the bedroom, and a gas fireplace adds warmth to the bedroom and the sitting room.

The master bath offers a private retreat, with a dressing area with a vanity, his-and-hers room-sized closets, a large shower, two separate vanities and a whirlpool tub placed in a bay-windowed alcove. The roof terrace is accessible from the dressing area.

Each of the three additional bedrooms on this level includes a private full bath. One of the bedrooms has a walk-in closet, while each of the other two has a long wall closet.

A finished fourth level includes a loft for the family to gather and another bedroom with a dormer window, a walk-in closet and an adjacent full bath.

The lower level has also been completed and includes another bedroom with a closet and a private full bath. Every recreational pursuit has been accommodated with this level, which includes a billiard room, a recreation room with a fireplace flanked by windows, a bar, a separate wine room with space for a dining table, a wine cellar, an exercise room and a home theater. There are also several utility and storage closets, along with a powder room.

For more information about the Preserve at Russell Road, contact WCI Communities at 703/620-4100, Ext. 113, or visit www.wcicommunities.com.

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