- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 13, 2006

New homes have their appeal, but some buyers may not want to wait for their home to be constructed, or may not want to make the decisions on finishes and window treatments.

For those who want the freshness of a new home immediately, the four-year-old home at 10371 Leigh Jillion Court in Oakton may be the perfect compromise.

The original owners have kept this home in pristine condition, upgrading features throughout the home such as upscale appliances and plantation-style wood shutters. Now on the market for $1,225,000, this Colonial-style single-family home includes plenty of contemporary flair such as high ceilings, angled walls and extra windows wherever possible.

Situated on a prime corner lot on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Oakton Green neighborhood, this home is just a few short blocks from shopping centers and restaurants on Virginia’s Route 123. Commuters will find quick access to the Dulles Toll Road via Hunter Mill Road or to Interstate 66 and the Capital Beltway from Route 123. Larger shopping areas are found nearby in Tysons Corner and Fair Oaks.

In addition to a sweeping lawn and gently sloping driveway, this home includes professional landscaping. At the back of the home is a deck for family dinners outside and entertaining. Additional outdoor space is available in two side yards and a back yard on this homesite of just under 20,000 square feet.

Guests are welcomed in a soaring two-story foyer with an oak staircase and a wall of windows above the front door. Just to the right of the foyer is a library accessible through French doors, with a wall of built-in cabinets and bookcases. Plantation shutters cover the windows in this sunny room.

On the opposite side of the foyer are the formal rooms, including a front living room and a rear dining room, with columns between the rooms to define the spaces. The dining room includes a bay window at the side of the house and a triple window at the back, filling the room with natural light as much as possible.

The owners lavished attention on the kitchen, choosing granite counters, a granite center island and a granite-topped desk to blend with the cherry cabinets. A deep walk-in pantry off the kitchen provides additional storage beyond the abundant cabinets. The owners added a Wolf cook-top to the center island, which includes a fan/backsplash that rises from the island with the push of a button.

The kitchen also has a double-wall oven and two windows over the corner sink. The adjacent breakfast area has French doors leading to the deck.

A knee-high wall separates the breakfast area from the family room, allowing for visual connection with some definition for each room.

The family room includes a gas fireplace surrounded by stone, flanked by tall windows covered with plantation shutters. A wall of windows across the back of the room also is covered with plantation shutters.

The main level also includes a powder room and a laundry room with a window, additional kitchen cabinets and counters, and plenty of space for storage. The adjacent mudroom includes a closet and links the house with the three-car garage, which has extra space for storage along the walls.

Upstairs, the main hall overlooks the two-story foyer. The master suite has been expanded over the garage for additional living space. Double doors open onto the master suite, which has a dramatically deep tray ceiling over the bedroom and two columns flanking the entrance to the sitting room. The bedroom and sitting room include five windows on two sides of the house. The master suite also has two walk-in closets and a linen closet, each with built-in shelving.

The master bath has a Jacuzzi tub set under a triple window with plantation shutters, a glass-enclosed shower and a double-sink vanity.

The second bedroom features a private full bath and two windows covered by wooden blinds. The third and fourth bedrooms each have a walk-in closet. These two bedrooms share a hall bath — a large room with a double-sink vanity and a window with a transom over the tub.

The finished lower level features Berber carpeting on the stairs and in the rooms, with a larger recreation room including French doors to the back yard.

Wood blinds cover the windows on this level, and recessed lighting has been added overhead. The lower level includes a bedroom with a full wall of closets, plus a nearby full bath with a double-sink vanity.

An additional room with a wall of closets has high windows, but can function as a guest room, an exercise room, a playroom or a study. Storage and utility rooms complete this level.

Address: 10371 Leigh Jillion Court, Oakton VA 22124

Community: Oakton Green

Age: Built in 2002

Price: $1,225,000

Size: Approximately 4,400 finished square feet on homesite of 19,878 square feet

Taxes: $9,199 in 2005

Homeowners association fee: $42 per month

Exterior features: Colonial-style brick front single-family home with brick stoop and step; vinyl siding; professionally landscaped; three-car garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms; 41/2 baths; 9-foot ceilings; two-story foyer; oak stairs; plantation shutters and wood blinds throughout the house; crown and chair-rail moldings; cherry cabinets, granite counters and upgraded appliances in center-island kitchen; family room off breakfast area; formal dining room and formal living room separated by columns; first-floor library with French doors and built-in bookcases; main level laundry room and mudroom; master bedroom suite with separate sitting room with columns, tray ceiling, two walk-in closets and bath; fourth bedroom with private bath; finished lower level with bedroom, full bath, recreation room and exercise room/guest room.

Amenities: Gas fireplace, deck, two-zone gas heating and central air conditioning, gas hot water, fiber-optic wiring.

Close by: Walking distance to shopping centers, near Vienna Metro station, Tysons Corner, Reston, Fair Oaks

Schools: Oakton Elementary, Jackson Middle, Oakton High

Open house: July 16, noon to 3 p.m.

Contact: Michaelina Miconi of Long & Foster Realtors at 703/873-5655

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