- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 14, 2006

In the five years since the home at 10902 Shallow Creek Drive in Great Falls was built, the owners have taken the graceful design of their Gulick Group Wellington model and embellished it with custom decorative touches, professional landscaping and upgraded features. Part of the Estates at Longwood, this home rests on nearly an acre at the end of a cul-de-sac, a peaceful haven surrounded by mature trees.

Residents can walk to the local elementary school and to a community park with soccer, baseball and softball fields, and they can reach the Great Falls Village Center, Reston Town Center and Tysons Corner by car within minutes.

On the market for $1,795,000, this Great Falls home features a landscaped brick walkway leading to a covered front porch. Double solid-wood doors with a transom window and side windows open into the two-story foyer, which has cherry flooring, two closets and a Palladian window on the upper portion.

The main stairs lead to a narrow gallery that overlooks the foyer and the two-story family room. Arched entrances lead from the foyer into the family room, dining room and living room. The owners have added faux painting to resemble silk wallpaper in many rooms and have enhanced most rooms with custom-designed window treatments and unique lighting fixtures.

The formal living room includes silk draperies and cherry flooring, three-piece crown moldings and a deep bay window. French doors with transom windows above link the living room with the library. The library has floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases with cabinets below, a deep bay window and custom draperies.

The formal dining room includes a walk-in bay window, cherry floors and custom painting on the walls and ceilings that create a faux tray ceiling. The dining room includes recessed lighting, custom-designed draperies and an unusual chandelier that resembles a cluster of candles. A butler’s pantry links the dining room with the kitchen and includes a wine cooler.

The gourmet kitchen has sapphire-blue granite on the countertops, center island and desk, along with upgraded wood cabinets, ceramic tile flooring and a tumbled-stone backsplash. The Jenn-Air stainless-steel appliances include dual convection ovens, a cooktop, a gas grill, a dishwasher and a refrigerator. Just off the kitchen are a pantry, a broom closet, a laundry room and access to the rear staircase.

The kitchen is spacious enough to include a casual dining area, but this home also includes a sunroom that the owners use as a morning room. Surrounded by nine tall windows with transoms above, a set of French doors to the deck and three skylights overhead, this room has been painted with a vine and peach flowers that frame the view of the back yard.

The deck has a line for a gas grill and could be converted to a screened porch if desired. Steps lead from the deck to the back yard, a spacious swath of lawn edged with mature trees and plants. A large children’s play area is also in the yard.

Inside, the two-story family room features tall windows facing the yard, with transom windows above and a fireplace against one wall. This room includes recessed lighting and a ceiling fan overhead.

Upstairs, double doors lead from the gallery overlooking the family room into the master suite, which opens with a sitting room with a cathedral ceiling and a picture window looking into the back yard. The bedroom includes a gas fireplace with a marble hearth and surround, a cathedral ceiling with a ceiling fan, and a sitting alcove. The master bath and dressing area include three walk-in closets, a linen closet and a luxurious bath with ceramic tile flooring, a sunken whirlpool tub, a separate shower and two vanities.

Nearby, the guest room includes a private full bath and a walk-in closet. Across the gallery are two more bedrooms, each with a double-door closet. These bedrooms are linked by a connecting bath with a double-sink vanity. The front bedroom has a triple window overlooking the front lawn, while the back bedroom has two windows facing the back yard. Both rooms have been custom-painted and include custom-designed draperies.

The house has been sited so that the lower level is above ground on the rear and side, allowing for more natural light in the finished space on that level. The recreation room includes a window at one end and an archway leading into a second recreation area. Adjacent to these two rooms is a media room with a home theater and surround sound, which also functions as an exercise room. Two glass doors lead to the back yard.

This level also includes a bedroom with a triple window and a double-door closet. A full bath is nearby. In addition, several unfinished storage rooms are available. There is a rough-in for a wet bar, refrigerator and sink, so the space can be finished into a nanny or in-law suite if desired.

An integrated sound system, television, cable and Internet wiring are just some of the improvements that have been made in this home, along with a security system.

Address: 10902 Shallow Creek Drive, Great Falls, VA 22066

Community: Estates at Longwood

Age: Built in 2001

Price: $1,795,000

Size: Approximately 6,000 finished square feet on lot of .84 acre

Taxes: $12,075 in 2005

Homeowners association fee: $9 per month

Exterior features: Colonial-style brick-and-siding single-family home with two-car garage set on cul-de-sac with front porch, stone-faced landscaping walls, outdoor lighting, professional landscaping on wooded lot.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; four full baths; one half bath; faux painting; custom-designed window treatments; two-story foyer; two-story family room; formal living room; formal dining room; library with bay window and French doors; gourmet kitchen with granite counters and stainless-steel appliances; butler’s pantry; sunroom; expansive master suite with separate sitting room, sitting alcove in bedroom, three walk-in closets and luxury bath; finished lower level with recreation room, exercise room, bedroom, full bath and storage rooms.

Amenities: Extensive back yard with deck, lawn and play area; two gas fireplaces; rear staircase to upper level; hardwood flooring on first floor; complete surround sound, television, cable and Internet wiring; security system.

Close by: Close to Great Falls Village Center, Tysons Corner, elementary school, ball fields, Reston Town Center.

Schools: Forestville Elementary School, Cooper Middle School, Langley High School

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Diane Bellaschi with Long & Foster Realtors in McLean at 703/905-7242.

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