- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The neighborhood of Chesterbrook Woods in McLean may be one of this Virginia suburb’s best-kept secrets.

Just two traffic lights from Chain Bridge, this neighborhood offers winding streets with mature trees creating a cathedral effect when their branches meet overhead.

The eclectic mix of homes in this neighborhood includes some traditional brick Colonials, some homes that have been expanded with sunrooms and multilevel additions, and newer homes designed for comfortable family living.

The home at 6015 Woodley Road in Chesterbrook Woods in McLean, built in 1997, has been occupied by the original owners for the past nine years. Now on the market for $1,649,000, this home offers a flowing floor plan with formal and informal space for entertaining and raising a family.

The owners have added warmth to the home with rich yet neutral colors, wood blinds on most windows and ceilings painted with blue skies and clouds in some of the bedrooms.

This home includes several areas for outdoor living. The flagstone front porch provides a perfect shady spot for a warm summer day, along with a view of the deep front lawn and mature trees. The lawn wraps around one side of the house and into the back yard, where garden beds edge the property.

A multilevel deck provides more space for entertaining outdoors. At one edge of the property are a set of children’s play equipment and a delightful playhouse that echoes the color and style of the home, has a real door and windows and even a tiny loft for snuggling up with a fairy tale.

The main house, constructed of Hardiplank siding, has a Palladian window over the front door and more than 5,400 finished square feet of living space.

The two-story foyer includes a wood staircase to the upper hall. The entire main level includes hardwood flooring. The formal living room features a gas fireplace flanked by two windows and two windows at the front of the home. Columns separate the living room from the formal dining room, which includes a bay window and two additional windows on the side of the house.

The main level also includes a library with a bay window and built-in bookcases and a cabinet. Nearby is a powder room.

The family and their guests spend most of their time in the two-story family room, a dramatic room with a stone wood-burning fireplace, recessed lighting and windows with transoms on three sides of the room. A glass door leads to the deck. Hidden behind a wall with built-in shelving and a cabinet is a rear staircase leading to the upper-level bedrooms.

The family room opens onto the breakfast area and center-island kitchen. The breakfast area has French doors to the deck, along with additional floor-to-ceiling windows.

Another window over the kitchen sink adds more light to the room. The bright kitchen includes white cabinets, white Corian counters and a white Corian sink, along with a granite-topped center island with a Jenn-Air cooktop. Double wall ovens are nearby.

The kitchen also includes a built-in desk with additional shelving above and a walk-in pantry. A laundry room/mudroom links the home to the two-car garage.

Upstairs, the master suite provides a private retreat at one end of the hall. The master bedroom has a tray ceiling painted in a sky scene with puffy white clouds, surrounded by paint meant to look like a wood border.

The master bedroom has windows on two sides and a doorway into a separate sitting room, which has a tall window and a wall of built-in cabinets and bookshelves.

The master suite includes his-and-hers walk-in closets that flank the entrance to the bath, where a tub sits in front of a double window. Nearby are a glass-enclosed shower and a double-sink vanity.

The second and third bedrooms, each generously sized, share a connecting full bath with a double-sink vanity. The second bedroom features walls and a ceiling painted with a blue sky and puffy white cloud pattern. This room has a walk-in closet.

The third bedroom features a niche for a desk or dresser and two closets with double doors. The fourth bedroom includes a walk-in closet, windows overlooking the back yard and a private full bath.

The finished lower level features plenty of flexible space for almost any function, with rooms that easily flow into each other for easy entertaining.

Deep carpeting covers the stairs to the lower level and the floor. Currently, one room that is lined with closets functions as a playroom and includes a corner with laminate flooring that is perfect for easy clean-up after painting or crafts projects. Nearby, the media room includes storage closets designed for media equipment.

The media room opens onto a wide meandering hall that includes a curving wet bar set into one corner with sleek pendant lighting and a sink, refrigerator, wine rack and shelving.

Just past the wet bar, a dance floor has been created with laminate flooring. An archway leads from the dance floor into another sitting room with pendant lighting that can be turned into a home office or exercise room.

An additional arch leads to a small hallway with a full bath that is also accessible from the media room and is close to the playroom.

Built just nine years ago, this family home has the space and flexibility to adjust to any lifestyle.

Address: 6015 Woodley Road, McLean, VA 22101

Community: Chesterbrook Woods

Age: Built in 1997

Price: $1,649,000

Size: 5,434 finished square feet on lot of almost one-half acre

Taxes: $13,432 in 2006

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Colonial-style home with Hardiplank siding on four sides; mature trees; covered front porch; two-level deck; lawns and garden beds; children’s play area.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; four full baths; powder room; hardwood flooring on main level; tall windows with transoms in many rooms; two-story foyer; library; living room with fireplace; columns define dining room, which has bay window; open center-island kitchen with breakfast area; two-story family room with stone fireplace and rear stairs; laundry room/mudroom linked to garage; master suite with sitting room, two walk-in closets, bath; second bedroom with private bath; third and fourth bedrooms with connecting bath; finished lower level with full bath and multiple rooms for a media room, office, play areas and casual entertaining, including wet bar and dance floor.

Amenities: Two fireplaces, decorative painted ceilings and walls in some rooms, attic storage, playhouse in back yard, wood floors, gas heat, new sump pump with backup sump pump.

Close by: Minutes to downtown Washington via Chain Bridge; close to Arlington, downtown McLean, Tysons Corner.

Schools: Chesterbrook Elementary, Longfellow Middle, McLean High

Open house: Oct. 29, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Associate Broker David Sande with Realty 2000 in Reston at 703/471-0471.

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