- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Some visitors to the Washington area notice the abundance of brick-front, Colonial-style homes found in suburban subdivisions, but they can only imagine what lies within.

Occasionally these conservative facades hide contemporary interiors, but most often, the interior is a blend of traditional elements such as elaborate moldings and formal rooms with more up-to-date spaces, including two-story rooms, angled or curved walls, and myriad windows in different shapes and sizes to add plenty of light and architectural interest.

The home at 10321 Greenwood Place in Oakton, on the market for $1,100,000, provides a perfect example of this blended style and will satisfy buyers looking for either a traditional or a modern home. Traditional elements include crown moldings, wainscoting and charming floral wallpaper, all of which mesh easily with the walls of glass and angled ceilings.

Built in 1991, this residence rests at the end of a cul-de-sac in a quiet subdivision off Hunter Mill Road. Within minutes, residents can reach Oakton, Vienna, Fairfax, Reston and McLean or commuter routes such as the Dulles Toll Road, Interstate 66 and the Beltway. Plenty of shops and restaurants are accessible on Virginia Route 123, which is within walking distance of the home.

Backed against woods, this home has been landscaped professionally and includes a flagstone front walk, garden areas and space for playground equipment. It has a two-car side-entry garage. For outdoor entertaining or relaxing, a wood deck is accessible from the main level and includes stairs to a lower-level brick patio and to the back yard.

Inside, the main level features hardwood flooring, high ceilings and an easy flow of rooms for entertaining. The partial two-story foyer includes a double-door closet and a curving staircase to an upper-level gallery that overlooks the foyer and the family room.

The formal living room has a green marble wood-burning fireplace with a detailed white mantel above. This gracious room includes crown moldings and windows facing both the front lawn and the side yard. French doors link the living room with the adjacent den.

Across the foyer from the living room is the formal dining room, which features two tall windows facing the front lawn. This room includes floral wallpaper, a ceiling medallion, wainscoting, chair-rail moldings and crown moldings.

The home becomes more contemporary and less formal at the back, where the two-story family room has a soaring angled ceiling and a wall of windows framing a view of the trees behind the house. Sliding glass doors link the family room with the deck, and a floor-to-ceiling brick gas fireplace is placed on a side wall.

Double doors link this room with the den, which has a picture window at one end of the room.

On the opposite side of the family room are the kitchen and breakfast area, brightly sunlit spaces wrapped in windows. The kitchen includes whitewashed maple cabinets and beige Corian counters, a Jenn-Air cooktop, a double wall oven, a built-in microwave, a dishwasher and a center-island work space with extra cabinets. A pantry is set into one corner of the kitchen, and a double sink sits in the corner under two windows. The windows all have plantation-style white wood shutters.

The main level also has a powder room and a laundry room with a window, a sink and additional cabinets for storage.

Upstairs, the master suite occupies a private wing. Double doors lead into a private foyer lined with a long double-door closet, a deep walk-in closet and a door into the bath. This bath has a whirlpool tub set two steps up on a platform placed under a window and surrounded by tiled spaces for plants or candles. This bathroom also has a glass-enclosed shower and a double-sink vanity.

The master bedroom includes a sitting area with dormer windows and a vaulted ceiling with a ceiling fan. Two double windows frame a view of the back yard and trees. A storage closet also has been set under the eaves.

The second and third bedrooms share a connecting full bath. The second bedroom, currently used as an office, has a double-door closet. The third bedroom has a curving wall and two picture windows facing the front yard.

The fourth bedroom has a double-door closet and a double window framing a view of the back yard and trees. A third full bath is next to this room and accessible from the hall.

The lower level has been finished and includes a recreation room with space for a billiard table. Sliding glass doors link the recreation room with a brick patio that leads into the back yard and includes stairs to the main-level deck.

This level has a fifth bedroom with a double-door closet and windows on two sides. The adjacent full bath has a door to the bedroom and a second door to the recreation room.

The lower level also includes several storage rooms, finished and unfinished.

In addition to its ample space, which easily accommodates a large family, this home functions well for formal and informal entertaining. Future residents can emphasize the traditional or the contemporary elements of this home when adding their decorative touches.

Address: 10321 Greenwood Place, Oakton, VA 22124

Community: Oakcrest Farms

Age: Built in 1991

Price: $1,100,000

Size: About 3,500 finished square feet on homesite of .34 acre

Taxes: $8,274 in 2006

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Brick-front Colonial-style home with flagstone walk; professionally landscaped on lot at end of cul-de-sac; side-entry two-car garage.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; four full baths; one powder room; hardwood flooring on the main level; curving staircase to upper level; formal living room with marble fireplace, French doors to den; formal dining room with wainscoting; two-story great room with fireplace and wall of windows, double doors into den; center-island kitchen and breakfast area; first-floor laundry room; expansive master suite with bath; two bedrooms share connecting bath; fourth bedroom with adjacent hall bath; finished walk-out lower level with recreation room and game room, fifth bedroom, full bath and extensive storage rooms.

Amenities: Rear deck with stairs to brick patio and spacious yard; two fireplaces; ceiling fans; new roof; extensive window treatments, including wood plantation shutters; gas heat and hot water; alarm system.

Close by: Near shopping centers in Oakton, Vienna, Tysons Corner and Reston; easy access to Virginia Route 123, Interstate 66, the Dulles Toll Road and the Beltway

Schools: Oakton Elementary, Jackson Middle and Oakton High

Open house: March 25, noon to 3 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Michaelina Miconi with Long & Foster Real Estate in Vienna, 703/873-5655.

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