- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Bird lovers will be drawn to the sweet sounds and visions of the home at 9414 Arnon Chapel Road in Great Falls, where cardinals and other birds — including a hawk — visit the backyard trees.

Even when the birds are not in attendance, the privacy and peace of this nearly 1-acre retreat are enhanced by towering trees and a small pond with a stone waterfall that soothes the ear with gently trickling water.

Now on the market for $1,249,500, this contemporary-style brick home provides a dramatic setting for entertaining or simply enjoying nature views through myriad tall windows.

Two-story spaces add to the light in the home, which has pocket doors and shutter doors linking many of the main-level rooms, which can be left open for an easy flow when hosting a crowd.

A circular drive leads to the home, which has brick front steps, double wood front doors and a three-car side-entry garage.

The back yard includes a wide deck with built-in benches, a level lawn and mature trees, with an adjacent plot of land belonging to the homeowners association that will remain as open space and increases the privacy for this home.

Inside, the home features high ceilings, tall windows, pale walls and pale floors, which serve as a backdrop for the nature views. The marble foyer has recessed lighting and a wide staircase with stair lights leading to the upper level, which has a gallery overlooking the two-story family room and the two-story dining room. Off the foyer are a powder room and two coat closets.

The formal dining room features marble flooring with an inset of ivory carpeting, a wall of tall windows with art-deco-style sconces in between, facing the front of the property, and three sets of shutter doors that can be left open to link the dining room and family room.

The two-story family room, a step-down from the dining room and hall, includes new Berber carpet, a wall of windows and a sliding glass door to the deck.

The two-story brick fireplace is wood-burning with a gas starter and can easily be converted to gas. This room also includes a wet bar that also serves the living room.

The formal living room includes a gas fireplace with a marble surround and tall windows on two sides of the room. Pocket doors link this room with the home office, which could be converted to function as the fourth bedroom.

The carpeted study includes a ceiling fan, recessed lighting, a sliding glass door to the deck and multiple additional windows. Pocket doors link this room with the family room, and the adjacent full bath includes a shower.

An alcove off the home office in front of the sliding glass doors also includes a side window and can function as a small sunroom.

On the opposite side of the home are the breakfast area and center-island kitchen. The breakfast area has two walls of windows framing views of the back yard and trees. A breakfast bar links the kitchen and family room.

The kitchen includes cherry cabinets, granite counters, recessed lighting and ceramic tile flooring. The appliances include a Jenn-Air gas cooktop, a double wall oven, a microwave and a side-by-side refrigerator, and the kitchen also has two pantry closets.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a laundry room with a window and a built-in sink with a granite counter and a cherry cabinet to match the kitchen. Upstairs, the master suite is located on one end of the gallery and entered through double doors.

The bedroom features a gas fireplace, a ceiling fan, recessed lighting and nine floor-to-ceiling windows placed on two walls to view the trees and back yard. The large walk-in closet includes multiple built-ins.

The dramatic master bath is a spacious room with skylights overhead and three windows in front of the oversized whirlpool tub. A ceramic tile platform separates the whirlpool tub from the open shower, which has two shower heads placed on the wall.

The bath also includes a long vanity with two sinks and plenty of storage.

The second bedroom includes a sitting area tucked into two angled walls of windows and also features a ceiling fan and a wall closet with built-ins for extra storage.

The third bedroom has a sitting area at one end and a walk-in closet, plus access to attic storage through pull-down stairs.

These two bedrooms are linked by a connecting bath that has the tub and shower in one section and a double-sink vanity in another section for greater functionality.

The finished lower level includes a large recreation room with space for a billiards table along with a sitting area. The lower level also includes storage rooms and has a rough-in for a full bath and a rough-in for a walk-in closet if future owners wish to add these items for a guest bedroom. Additional storage is available in the oversized three-car garage.

While peace and privacy prevail in this home most of the time, it is easy to see the home full of friends and family, too. The owners have many happy memories of their parties, when 40 or 50 people easily moved from room to room enjoying each other and the nature views.

Address: 9414 Arnon Chapel Road, Great Falls, VA 22066

Community: Riverside Manor

Age: 20 years

Price: $1,249,500

Size: About 4,500 square feet on lot of .92 acres

Taxes: $9,205 in 2005

Homeowners’ association fee: $10 per month

Exterior features: Brick and siding contemporary-style home with mature trees, front and rear lawns, a pond with stone waterfall, circular drive with brick steps, three-car side-entry garage

Interior features: Four bedrooms; three full baths; one powder room; marble foyer with wide staircase to upper level; formal living room with gas fireplace, wet bar serving both family room and living room; formal dining room with triple shutter doors leading into family room; pocket doors linking living room and home office, which has a full bath and can be converted to bedroom use; two-story family room with wall of windows, two-story brick fireplace; breakfast area with two walls of windows open to center-island kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite counters, two pantry closets; laundry room adjacent to kitchen; upper-level master suite with gas fireplace, multiple tall windows, walk-in closet with built-ins, dramatic bath with skylights, whirlpool tub, separate shower; two bedrooms share connecting bath; finished lower-level recreation room and storage room; pull-down steps to attic storage

Amenities: Two-level deck with built-in benches; wiring for invisible fence, new roof, three fireplaces, recessed lighting, ceiling fans

Close by: Great Falls Village Center, Riverbend Park, minutes to Tysons Corner, McLean, Reston and downtown Washington

Schools: Great Falls Elementary, Cooper Middle, Langley High

Open house: June 25 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Joanna Banks of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Reston at 703/471-3977.

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