Friday, July 18, 2008

“Having it all” is just a dream for most home buyers, who often must compromise on space in order to walk to a Metro station or turn to an older home with fewer modern amenities to be close to downtown Washington.

Buyers looking for a high-tech home with plenty of living space yet within walking distance of the Arlington.

Priced at $1,675,000, this custom-designed home is just two years old. Not only can residents walk to Metro and restaurants, but they can also stroll to the library and to the newly built Washington-Lee High School. The narrow, tree-lined street winds through a quiet neighborhood with a mix of older and newer homes.

This sophisticated new home provides an elegant setting for entertaining and has a few dazzling features to entice residents to stay home rather than venture out for night life. A 15-seat home theater provides a focal point for the lower level, while a two-story living room, a spacious family room and a sunroom offer more areas for casual living and welcoming friends upstairs.

A front porch, rear deck and fenced rear yard offer space for relaxing outdoors, and four gas fireplaces inside provide a cozy ambience during colder weather.

HardiePlank siding blends with a stone foundation and stone accents on the exterior of the house, which has a deep front lawn and garden beds. Mature trees surround the back yard.

Inside, guests are welcomed in an elegant foyer with marble flooring and glimpses of the angled walls leading into various rooms. The formal living room has a soaring two-story ceiling, a gas fireplace with a marble hearth, and a Palladian window. The main level features hardwood flooring in every room except the foyer and sunroom, and oak stairs lead to the upper level.

Across the foyer from the living room is the formal dining room, defined by half-walls and columns. This room includes a bay window, wainscoting and crown moldings.

The focal point for the main level is the open family room, which has a coffered ceiling, French doors to the deck, and a gas fireplace in the corner with a marble hearth. Off the family room are a library with French doors, a double window and chair-rail moldings and a corner sunroom, which has three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, ceramic tile flooring, 10-foot ceilings and a French door to the deck.

Also adjacent to the family room is the breakfast room and center-island kitchen, which has granite counters, maple cabinets and stainless steel appliances, including double wall ovens, a gas cooktop with a downdraft, a microwave oven and a dishwasher. The breakfast nook includes a bay window with a window seat.

Nearby are a laundry room, mudroom and powder room.

There are 9-foot ceilings on the first and second floors, except for the two-story living room and the 10-foot ceiling in the sunroom. At the top of the oak stairs, an oak landing overlooks the foyer and living room. Double doors lead from the landing into the master suite, which has a tray ceiling and a separate sitting room with a gas fireplace and a generously sized triple window. The suite includes a double-size walk-in closet off the bedroom, along with another walk-in closet off the bathroom. The luxurious bath has ceramic tile flooring, a Jacuzzi whirlpool tub, an oversized, glass-enclosed shower, and a double-sink vanity.

The second bedroom has a walk-in closet and a private bath. The third and fourth bedrooms each have a walk-in closet and share a hall bath. The third bedroom has a private door into this bath.

The finished lower level has French doors to the fenced back yard and includes multiple rooms for flexible uses. At the center of this level is the home theater, which includes 15 plush seats and a movie screen and is wrapped in thick curtains.

The recreation room has two large sections for seating areas or a game table and a gas fireplace with a marble surround. The nearby den can also function as a guest bedroom, office or exercise room. A full bath is nearby. This level also has extensive finished and unfinished storage space.

Other features include recessed lighting throughout and custom-designed window treatments, which will convey with the home. High-tech wiring includes a prewired network interface panel for integrating future media and communication needs. The home has dual-zone heating and air conditioning, gas heat and hot water, and a state-of-the-art security system.


Address: 1614 N. Stafford St., Arlington, VA 22207

Community: Cherrydale

Age: Built in 2005

Price: $1,675,000

Size: About 6,200 finished square feet on site of 8,410 square feet

Taxes: $10,887 in 2008

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Stone and HardiePlank siding, Colonial-style single-family home with two-car garage, lawn and garden beds, covered flagstone front porch and deck off main level with steps to rear yard with storage shed and mature trees.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; four full baths; powder room; 9-foot ceilings on first and second floors; marble flooring in foyer; two-story living room with fireplace; oak stairs; formal dining room with bay window; family room with coffered ceiling and fireplace; first-floor library; sunroom with windows on three sides, 10-foot ceiling and ceramic tile flooring; center-island kitchen and breakfast area with adjacent laundry room; master bedroom with sitting room, fireplace and luxury bath; walk-in closets in three additional bedrooms; finished lower level with recreation room, fireplace, den or bedroom, bath, storage areas and French doors to back yard.

Amenities: Fifteen-seat fully equipped home theater; four gas fireplaces; custom window treatments; state-of-the-art fire and security system; high-tech wiring, dual-zone heating and cooling; gas heat and hot water.

Close by: Walk to Ballston Metro, shops, restaurants, library and Washington-Lee High School; short drive to downtown Washington or to Arlington and Tysons Corner.

Schools: Glebe Elementary, Swanson Middle, Washington-Lee High

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 3

Contact: Realtor Linda Reed of Buck Residential Real Estate, 703/801-0926

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