Friday, February 1, 2008

The Colonial-style homes in Buckley’s Reserve in Fairfax, built in 2002 and 2003, are almost all occupied by their original owners, who may never want to leave this comfortable enclave.

The neighborhood, off U.S. 29 near the Fairfax County Parkway, offers a quiet retreat, complete with preserved open space and a pond, yet it lies within a few minutes of dozens of restaurants and shopping areas at Fair Oaks Mall, Fair Lakes Mall and Fairfax Towne Centre.

One of the largest models in the development, at 12615 Buckley’s Gate Drive, is on the market for $949,000.

This home sits on a quarter-acre corner lot, with water views of the pond from the deck, master suite and keeping room.

This brick-front Colonial-style home features a two-story foyer with hardwood flooring that extends throughout most of the main level and with a curving hardwood staircase to the upper level. Niches for artwork flank the double front doors.

The foyer is filled with light even on a slightly gloomy day, as the front doors are made of glass trimmed in wood. A transom is above the front doors, and the upper portion of the front wall includes a wide arched window.

Arches are repeated in several areas of this home, an architectural detail that links the rooms. Perhaps most dramatic are the multiple arches that connect the kitchen with the living room and keeping room on either side. The arches provide both separation and a frame for a visual connection among these three rooms.

Double French doors with a transom open from the foyer into the study, which has a double front window facing the lawn. A walk-in closet off this room has been outfitted with an electrical outlet that provides a convenient location for office equipment and charging cell phones.

On the opposite side of the foyer is the formal dining room, which has a double front window and a curving wall that encloses the staircase and adds interest to the room. Like the rest of the main-level rooms, the dining room has a 10-foot-high ceiling. The lower and upper levels have 9-foot ceilings. The main-level rooms also include crown moldings.

Just off the foyer are a generously sized powder room and a coat closet.

Across the back of the house are the living room, kitchen, breakfast area and keeping room. The living room has a wall of windows framing a view of the preserved open area and the pond. Two more windows flank the gas fireplace, which has a wood mantel. Two archways link the living room with the kitchen and breakfast area, which have tall windows and a sliding glass door to a deck.

The upgraded kitchen has a large center island with a five-burner cooktop. The center island, built-in desk and other counters are all Corian, and the 42-inch raised-panel cherry cabinets include crown moldings. The kitchen has recessed lighting, double wall ovens and a walk-in pantry.

Two archways link the kitchen with the keeping room, which has a triple window framing a view of the pond. The current owners use the keeping room as a music and reading space, but it could accommodate casual or formal furniture and be used for nearly any function.

An entrance to the garage and a rear staircase leading to the upper and lower levels are adjacent to the keeping room.

Upstairs, double doors lead into the master-bedroom suite, which has knee walls and columns to separate the sitting area from the bedroom. Because the owners opted for a one-level living room rather than a two-level space, the upstairs has an extra bedroom and bath and a second walk-in closet in the master-bedroom suite.

The master bath features ceramic tile flooring and tub and shower surrounds. The dramatic tub with columns is placed beneath a wall of windows, and the shower has two shower heads and a seat. The bathroom has two vanities and a linen closet.

The second and third bedrooms form a suite of rooms connected with a bath. Both bedrooms have hardwood flooring and a walk-in or standard closet. One is functioning as a study/sitting room and the other as a bedroom. The connecting bath has a double-sink vanity.

The fourth bedroom, at the front of the house, has a walk-in closet and a private full bath. The fifth bedroom, the bonus space above the living room, has a walk-in closet, a private full bath and a double window with a view of the pond.

The lower level offers wide-open spaces for entertaining a crowd and a more intimate fully equipped home theater. The L-shaped recreation room includes a gas fireplace and a sliding glass door to the back yard, along with enough space for several seating areas and a game area.

The home theater, completed with a 1930s decorating scheme, has six reclining wingback chairs, curtained walls and a 123-inch projection screen. All of the equipment and furniture convey to the buyers.

The lower level also has a spacious sixth bedroom with a double-door entrance, a wide expanse of windows facing the yard and a walk-in closet. This bedroom has a private entrance into the full bath, which also is accessible from the hall.

While this home has plenty of visibly exciting features such as the home theater, the master bath and the arched entrances to the keeping room and living room, the less visible but important features include an advanced multimedia wiring package, an intercom system, a security system and dual-zone gas heat and electric air conditioning.

Address: 12615 Buckley’s Gate Drive, Fairfax VA 22030

Community: Buckley’s Reserve

Age: Built in 2003

Price: $949,000

Size: About 7,012 finished square feet on a quarter-acre lot

Taxes: $7,867 in 2007

Homeowner association fee: $208 per quarter

Exterior features: Brick-front Colonial-style single-family home on corner lot with deck off kitchen; two-car garage.

Interior features: Six bedrooms; five full baths; powder room; two-story foyer with hardwood flooring, art niches and curved staircase; high ceilings; hardwood flooring on main level; formal dining room; study with walk-in closet; living room with fireplace; arched entrances from kitchen into living room and keeping room; keeping room with triple windows; center-island kitchen with Corian counters, hardwood flooring and upgraded appliances; rear staircase to upper and lower levels; master suite with sitting area, two walk-in closets and bath; second and third bedrooms each with private bath and walk-in closet; fourth and fifth bedrooms share a connecting bath; upper-level laundry room; finished lower level with bedroom, full bath, extensive recreation room with fireplace and home theater.

Amenities: Water view of pond across preserved open space; home theater equipment and furnishings convey; two gas fireplaces; intercom system; zoned heating and air conditioning; high-tech wiring; recessed lighting; ceiling fans.

Close by: Minutes to Lee Highway, Fairfax County Parkway, Interstate 66

Schools: Eagle View Elementary, Lanier Middle, Fairfax High

Open house: Feb. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Melissa MacKimm of RE/MAX Renaissance in Leesburg at 703/862-9260.

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