- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Potomac River and golf course views are part of the attraction of living in Lowes Island, a section of the planned community of Cascades off Virginia’s Route 7 in Loudoun County.

Residents of Cascades and Lowes Island can enjoy quiet suburban living along gently curving roads and cul-de-sacs, yet also have easy access to the Potomac River, swimming at community pools, tennis courts, soccer fields, ball fields, basketball courts and miles of jogging trails.

Algonkian Regional Park, a 500-acre waterfront park, provides access for fishing and boating as well as picnicking, miniature golf and an 18-hole golf course. The Lowes Island Club is a private country club on the Potomac with two 18-hole golf courses.

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In addition, Cascades residents enjoy easy access to shopping centers, a library, child-care centers, Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus, Washington Dulles International Airport and all of the shopping opportunites Northern Virginia offers.

Commuters can quickly reach Route 7, the Dulles Access and Toll Road, Va. 28, the Fairfax County Parkway and the Capital Beltway from Cascades.

Owners of the 50 homes within Cypress Point of Lowes Island enjoy one more perk of the community: The homeowners’ association dues include all yard maintenance. Not only does this mean residents have fewer chores, but it also guarantees an attractively landscaped community year-round.

The home at 20283 Island View Court in Lowes Island, now on the market for $929,900, enjoys a prime corner lot with a side-entry, two-car garage.

Every room in the home includes large windows on two sides, with transoms and high ceilings adding to the light and airy feeling of the home.

A flagstone walk and covered front patio leads to the front door, which opens into a two-story foyer. The focal point for the foyer is an oak staircase leading to a second-floor landing with a wall of windows.

The floor plan for this home, which was built in 1997, includes open rooms defined by columns, with Palladian windows, transoms and cathedral ceilings in every possible space. The main level has 10-foot ceilings along with two-story spaces, while the upper and lower levels have 9-foot ceilings.

The formal living room includes columns, moldings, hardwood flooring and a bay window, with two additional windows facing the front lawn. Tucked behind the living room and the staircase are a coat closet, a powder room and a large mudroom/laundry room with extra cabinets and a door to the garage.

On the opposite side of the foyer, the dining room also includes columns, hardwood flooring, moldings, Palladian windows facing the front lawn and a side window facing the front porch. Pocket doors link the dining room with the kitchen, with a second set of pocket doors linking the dining room with the family room.

The center-island kitchen has a cathedral ceiling, ceramic tile flooring and a box bay alcove in the breakfast area. Recessed lighting overhead adds shine to the room, which has granite counters, a built-in desk and a pantry.

The kitchen opens into the family room, which has a dramatic floor-to-ceiling stone, wood-burning fireplace. The family room has a cathedral ceiling and windows on two sides, including tall windows with transoms flanking the fireplace and a Palladian window on the side of the room facing the deck.

A glass door links the family room with the deck, which has a view of the Lowes Island golf course in the distance and a glimpse of the Potomac River that becomes more visible in the winter.

The main level also includes the master suite, which has a bedroom with a cathedral ceiling, a wall of windows including a Palladian window and additional windows on the side of the room, as well as a glass door to the deck. This suite includes a double-size walk-in closet, a standard closet and a bath with a tub placed in front of a window, a separate shower and a double-sink vanity.

Upstairs, the staircase splits at the landing, providing separation for each of the three bedrooms on this level. The front bedroom includes two dormer windows, a Palladian window on one wall, a double-door closet and a second closet. Nearby is a full bath shared with the third bedroom.

The third bedroom currently functions as a home office, with the closet converted by built-in bookshelves. The owners have the doors to the closet so it can be converted back to a bedroom, if desired. This room includes three windows facing the front lawn.

The fourth bedroom functions as an additional master suite, with tall windows in the bedroom, a walk-in closet, a private linen closet and a private full bath.

The lower level includes a large unfinished storage room that covers almost half of this level, providing plenty of space. The finished areas of this level are above-ground, with tall windows filling the rooms with daylight.

The recreation room stretches 40-by-17 feet, with space for a sitting area in front of the gas fireplace as well as areas for billiards or other game tables. The recreation room includes six windows with transoms and a glass door that leads to the rear patio. A staircase links the patio with the main-level deck.

A second glass door leads into the professional office, which has a set of double doors opening onto the family room. This flexible room also can function as a bedroom, since it is linked to a hall lined with closets. As an office, the doors allow the room to be closed off from the rest of the house, with visitors entering through the patio door. A full bath on this level is accessible from the recreation room and the office.

While the lawn and landscaping has been maintained by the homeowners’ association, the owners have meticulously cared for the rest of their property so that it looks as if it is a new home rather than a nine-year-old home.

Address: 20283 Island View Court, Potomac Falls, VA 20165

Community: Cascades

Age: Built in 1997

Price: $929,900

Size: 4,802 square feet on lot of 6,098 square feet

Taxes: $9,623 in 2006

Homeowners’ association fee: $92 per month

Exterior features: Colonial-style home of brick and siding on corner lot with lawn, side-entry two-car garage, side deck and patio.

Interior features: Three finished levels with five bedrooms, 41/2 baths; two-story foyer with dramatic oak staircase; formal living room with columns and bay window; formal dining room with columns; upgraded kitchen with granite counters, cathedral ceiling and box bay window in breakfast area; family room with wood-burning fireplace; first-floor master suite with wall of windows, full bath; second bedroom with dormer windows, full bath; third bedroom functions as home office; fourth bedroom with private full bath; finished above-ground lower level with recreation room, fireplace, full bath and fifth bedroom that currently functions as a professional home office.

Amenities: All yard maintenance included in homeowners’ association dues, Potomac River view in winter, stereo and intercom inside and on deck, private entrance to professional office

Close by: Minutes to shopping centers, community amenities including swimming pools, tennis courts, ball fields; near Washington Dulles International Airport

Schools: Lowes Island Elementary, Seneca Ridge Middle, Dominion High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Marianne McKittrick of RE/MAX Supreme Properties at 703/444-3111

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