- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 21, 2007

One of the Washington area’s wealthiest residential communities, McLean is valued in part because of its proximity to downtown Washington and to the business district of Tysons Corner.

Among the upscale developments in McLean is the Reserve, a gated community off Old Dominion Drive.

Architect Mark Sullenberger, working with the interior design firm of J.H. Todd Interiors of Aspen, Colo., has created an exceptional custom home in the Reserve at 7686 Ballestrade Court. Now on the market for $6,900,000, this home rests on a private wooded lot of more than .75 acres.

Designed with a French country flair, this home has such charming elements as a curving wall of windows partially encircling the main staircase, a covered front porch with three arches, varied rooflines with peaked roofs and a porte-cochere covered breezeway between the three-car garage and the home.

Every detail has been carefully considered in this home, which even includes a step-up dog wash area in one corner of the garage. Interior finishes include alder and hickory woodwork, limestone flooring and stone detailing.

The main entrance of the home features a double set of mahogany front doors that lead into a grand two-story foyer with an arched entrance into the main hall, limestone flooring with mosaic medallions and a two-sided wood-burning fireplace. The hall features a curving wall of windows, which form the main stairwell wall.

The main level’s other dramatic features include an oval dining room with hickory herringbone-patterned flooring, a fireplace shared with the hall and two sets of French doors leading to a stone terrace. A butler’s pantry links the dining room with the kitchen.

Near the dining room is the step-down formal living room, which features a stone fireplace flanked by limestone built-in shelving, a tray ceiling and random-width hickory flooring. The rear wall of windows is complemented by an adjacent set of French doors leading to the stone terrace.

The center-island kitchen, reached through an arched gallery, includes slate counters, Rutt cabinets, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch and Fisher & Paykel dishwashers and a six-burner Wolf range.

A glass door leads from the kitchen to the stone terrace that wraps around the back of the house. The adjacent breakfast room has a curving wall of windows, French doors to the terrace, brick walls, a raised-hearth brick fireplace and a beamed ceiling, with a built-in entertainment center on one wall. A walk-in pantry is nearby.

The main level includes a step-down family room with a tray ceiling, alder wood built-in bookcases and a gas fireplace. Nearby are the formal powder room and guest closet. A mudroom with a bench and closet space is located off the rear entrance from the porte-cochere.

This level also includes an office, which is accessible from the rear hall and from a private entrance off the covered front porch. The office includes pine walls, hickory floors, a private powder room and a walk-in closet.

The upstairs master suite includes an alder wood herringbone-patterned ceiling, a raised-hearth fireplace and a private balcony accessible from the bedroom, the sitting room and the dressing area. This suite includes a walk-in closet, standard closets and a luxurious bath with a whirlpool tub, a separate soaking tub, a tiled shower fitted for a steam shower, towel warming racks, a gas fireplace and a niche for a flat-screen television.

Four additional bedrooms are on this level, each with a private full bath and a vaulted ceiling with detailed woodwork. The upper level also includes a laundry room. The fifth bedroom, built above the garage, also has a back staircase leading into the garage.

The lower level has been completed with limestone flooring in the lower hall, a step-down exercise room or recreation room with triple doors leading to the lower lawn and an oval billiards room. This level also has a full bath, unfinished storage rooms and unfinished rooms, which can be customized for a golf swing room, a media room and a wine cellar.

The home has five-zoned heating and air conditioning and wiring for a high speed network phone, an alarm system, a lighting system, satellite and cable and an audio/video system.

For information or an appointment to visit the home on Ballestrade Court, contact Realtors Barbara Patton at 703/731-5751 and Martie Wood at 703/447-2762 of McEnearney Associates in McLean.

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