- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The home at 6817 Baron Road in the Reid’s Grove neighborhood of McLean has grown along with the family that designed and built this contemporary in 1960.

Seven additions have been seamlessly blended with the original structure to bring the home to today’s 5,700 finished square feet.

Now on the market for $1,299,000, this house started as a three-bedroom home for the architect/owner and his wife and daughter. Today, when the family gathers for holidays, the architect and his wife entertain their six children, 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren on the decks and patios or in front of one of the home’s three fireplaces.

Built of cedar, redwood and brick and nearly surrounded by dogwoods, azaleas and hardwood trees, the house now has four levels above ground on about three quarters of an acre.

Hardwood flooring, walls of Pella windows and skylights help the home blend with the surroundings and keep it full of sunlight.

A custom mahogany front door with leaded glass opens into the foyer, which has a skylight and views of the adjacent dining room and living room.

Many rooms, including the dining room, have dramatic wood-beamed and sloping ceilings.

The living room, a few steps up from the foyer on a level by itself, has a wood-burning fireplace with a brick hearth, a wood-beamed ceiling, a built-in bookcase and a wall of windows with transoms overlooking the trees.

Storage cabinets have been cleverly placed along the hall underneath the raised living room floor for books, games and toys.

At the back of the home is the most recent addition, a great room with 12-foot ceilings including two ceiling fans and a chandelier, with Brazilian rosewood flooring.

This generously proportioned room has columns at the entrance and two walls of windows with gently arched transoms. The great room also has a gas fireplace with a marble hearth and surround, recessed lighting and built-in bookcases and cabinets.

The great room opens to the new kitchen, an expansive room with a long island that almost encircles a central breakfast area with plenty of space for casual dining.

The kitchen has light-colored granite counters and custom cherry cabinets with such details as a built-in shelf for easily using a mixer and a spinning built-in spice rack hidden in a cabinet.

Overhead, wood beams are interspersed with skylights that have blinds for softening the summer sun. The natural oak floor complements the cherry cabinets and granite counters, which blend easily with the stainless steel appliances.

The Thermador appliances include a five-burner smooth cooking surface and wall ovens. The kitchen also includes such practical details as pull-out shelving in all the cabinets, a trash compactor and a trash cabinet with separate spaces for recycling.

French doors open from the breakfast area onto the deck, which has steps down to the back yard.

Adjacent to the kitchen are a butler’s pantry and a laundry room, along with a door leading into the adjacent mudroom and storage pantry, which has a second refrigerator and walls of cabinets and counters.

Just beyond the mudroom is a workshop with windows and a built-in workbench. Future residents may want to convert this workshop into a third garage.

The main level also includes a bedroom wing with coat closets and a linen closet along the hall. This wing includes a full bath with a double-sink vanity and two bedrooms with hardwood flooring and sloping ceilings. Just past these two bedrooms are a second full bath and a third bedroom with a sloping ceiling.

The master suite addition is at one end of this bedroom wing and includes a wood-paneled bedroom with two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows facing the trees.

The master suite has a walk-in closet and a master bath with a bay window, a shower with a glass door and a large whirlpool tub in one corner.

The first of two lower levels is accessed by a wood staircase off the breakfast area. This level has a recreation room with a wood-burning fireplace, wall-to-wall carpeting and a sliding glass door to a patio.

Just off the patio is a door leading to a walk-in crawl space for storage underneath the great room addition. A few steps away from the recreation room are utility and storage rooms including a large room with walls of built-in shelving that would make a perfect hobby room.

The second lower level is accessible by a few steps down from the first lower level and also from a separate entrance at the back of the home.

Once this expansive space was used as an office for as many as seven employees, who parked along the lower-level driveway. Now the space has been redesigned as an in-law suite including a living room with a picture window framing the trees, a dining room and a white-on-white, fully equipped kitchen. Adjacent to the kitchen is a second laundry room with storage space. The in-law suite also includes a separate bedroom and a full bath.

The in-law suite can easily be reconverted to office space, functioning as a separate entity from the rest of the home if the interior doors are locked and only the exterior entrance is used.

Residents of this Baron Road home can easily walk to McLean Central Park, the library, the McLean Community Center and a public bus stop, while downtown McLean, Tysons Corner and downtown Washington are a quick drive from this quiet neighborhood.

Over the years, this home has evolved with the family yet retained its essential warm contemporary character.

Address: 6817 Baron Road, McLean, VA 22101

Community: Reid’s Grove

Age: Built in 1960

Price: $1,299,000

Size: About 5,700 square feet on lot of about three-quarters of an acre

Taxes: $10,123 in 2006

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Custom contemporary with brick, redwood and cedar wood siding; front and back brick patios; flagstone steps to lower yard; extensive trees and shrubs including dogwoods, azaleas and rhododendrons; two-car garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms; four full baths; multilevel home with beamed ceilings; walls of windows; skylights; foyer with skylight; dining room; great room with gas fireplace; new kitchen and breakfast area; laundry room off kitchen; living room with wood-burning fireplace; master suite with walk-in closet and bath; lower-level recreation room with wood-burning fireplace; separate in-law suite with bedroom, full bath, full kitchen, dining area, living area and laundry room; storage and utility rooms

Amenities: Side deck; three fireplaces; workshop or possible three-car garage accessible to main house through mudroom and storage pantry; five-zone hot water baseboard oil heat; storage shed and walk-in crawl space for storage

Close by: Two blocks to McLean Central Park, library, community center, public bus; short drive to downtown McLean

Schools: Churchill Road Elementary, Cooper Middle, Langley High

Open house: Jan. 21, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Marianne Prendergast of Long & Foster Real Estate’s McLean Elm office at 703/873-5155.

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