- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 10, 2006

A winding road leads from George Washington’s waterfront estate, Mount Vernon, to the waterfront home at 4720 Neptune Drive in Alexandria. It is

less famous, yet it offers some similar features: a water view and lovely gardens.

Now on the market for $1,750,000, this home is part of Yacht Haven Estates and includes a dock, 225 feet of waterfront along Dogue Creek, and space for three boats, including two powerboats.

Dogue Creek leads almost immediately into the Potomac River, and the view from the back of this Neptune Drive home includes several boats at the docks belonging to other homeowners in the community.

Built in 1961, this all-brick rambler rests on a quiet street just a few minutes drive beyond Mount Vernon. The owners have completely renovated and upgraded every part of the home, including the half-acre lot that has been professionally landscaped.

Garden beds frame the pebble driveway, which has been edged with brick and includes a circular garden bed in the center around the base of a tall tree. Extra parking is available along this drive, which leads to a two-car garage.

The back of the property takes full advantage of the water views, with a deck off the home and steps leading to multiple garden beds defined by pebble and brick paths.

The grounds include a goldfish pond with a Japanese-style bridge, a brick patio, an in-ground sprinkler system and a charming wood garden storage shed with window boxes overflowing with flowers. Flowering and evergreen trees are included in the landscape plan, which enhances but does not overpower the water view.

The water view is maximized from inside the home, as well, with bay windows and picture frame windows facing the water whenever possible. A brick walkway leads to the wood front door, which has glass insets. The foyer features marble flooring and crown moldings.

Adjacent to the foyer is a step-down family room with pegged-oak hardwood flooring, a bay window facing the front garden and lawn, a custom-designed oak wet bar and a 14-foot vaulted ceiling with a ceiling fan. A wood-burning stone fireplace fills one wall and includes a dramatic stone hearth. A door off the family room leads into a storage closet/wine cellar.

Across the back of the home are the formal living room and dining room and the country kitchen. The living room includes random-width oak hardwood flooring and Colonial-style crown moldings. A bay window stretches across the front of the room and provides a water view, while a brick floor-to-ceiling gas fireplace dominates the back wall.

The living room is open to the traditional dining room, which also has random-width oak hardwood flooring, crown moldings and a picture window with a view of the creek.

The country kitchen has been upgraded with ceramic tile flooring, a tray ceiling with recessed lighting and a center-island kitchen with a green-toned Corian counter matching the Corian countertops of the rest of the room.

Cherry cabinets include under-cabinet lighting and blend with the paneled refrigerator and dishwasher. Other appliances include a Jenn-Air cooktop, a wall oven and a built-in convection/microwave oven.

The breakfast area occupies a corner of the room surrounded by windows facing the water and includes a ceiling fan. A glass door nearby provides access to the deck. One corner of the kitchen includes a built-in desk with extra cabinets above.

Near the kitchen are a laundry room with ceramic tile flooring, upgraded appliances and a laundry sink, along with two closets. A full bath nearby includes ceramic tile flooring, a cherry vanity with a Corian counter, and a glass shower.

The separate bedroom wing includes a master suite with Berber carpeting, a bay window, a second window, a ceiling fan and a sitting area. The bedroom has a deep walk-in closet and two additional double-door wall closets. The adjacent master bath features blue ceramic tile flooring, a skylight, a dual-sink vanity with Corian counters, a bidet, and a glass-enclosed shower.

The second bedroom has carpeting, a ceiling fan and a double-door closet. The third bedroom has hardwood flooring, a ceiling fan and a walk-in closet. Both bedrooms feature views of Dogue Creek and the rear gardens.

The third full bath has been upgraded with tumbled stone flooring, a skylight and a whirlpool tub.

With all of its elegant upgrades and spectacular water view, this home remains a comfortable place for gathering friends in any season for a boating party or quiet conversation in front of one of the two fireplaces.

Address: 4720 Neptune Drive, Alexandria, VA 22309

Community: Yacht Haven Estates

Age: Built in 1961

Price: $1,750,000

Size: 2,768 finished square feet on lot of one-half acre

Taxes: $9,578 in 2005

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Brick rambler with cedar shake roof, two-car garage with additional parking along drive, extensive professional landscaping with sprinkler system

Interior features: Three bedrooms; three full baths; marble foyer; step-down family room with wood-burning fireplace and wet bar; formal living room with gas fireplace; formal dining room; hardwood flooring; country kitchen with ceramic tile flooring, cherry cabinetry, Corian counters, center island, breakfast area with water view; laundry room with ceramic tile flooring; master suite includes sitting area and private bath with skylight

Amenities: Dock with space for two powerboats and one nonpowerboat; boat lift; 225 of water frontage on Dogue Creek; deck; goldfish pond with bridge; brick patio; two fireplaces; gas heat and hot water; central vacuum system

Close by: Potomac River, Mount Vernon, Old Town Alexandria

Schools: Washington Mill Elementary, Whitman Middle, Mount Vernon High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Owner/agent George Callaghan Jr. with Tom Pleimling Realty Inc. at 703/314-7557

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