- The Washington Times - Friday, March 14, 2008

Most people share an attraction to waterfront homes, where weather changes can be observed minute by minute as sunlight and cloud cover shift across the surface of the water.

In addition to the visual appeal of waterfront living, the home at 801 Lake Windermere Court in Great Falls offers residents the temptations of fishing, canoeing, kayaking or rowing on the sparkling water of Lake Windermere.

Now on the market for $1,795,000, this estate home is on 2.02 acres at the end of a cul-de-sac.

Few homes in the Lake Windermere neighborhood can boast such a broad view of the lake. The home, sited to take advantage of this vista, includes a deck and a covered porch and backs to a wide swath of land used as a putting green.

Future residents may want to replace the putting green with a swimming pool. The back yard also has a picturesque red barn that functions as a storage shed. It is bordered with split-rail fencing.

Black iron gates and brick pillars guard the front of this home, which has three sides of brick, a brick front path and a landscaped English garden in addition to the three-car garage.

Deep dormer windows and a steeply pitched roof create an attractive facade for the home, and at the back builder Walter Foley added a charming surprise to this home: a turret room. Accessed from the main-level family room and the lower-level recreation room, the turret holds two observation rooms where residents and guests can curl up on the window seats and watch ducks and birds or just enjoy the sparkle of sunlight on the water. Each turret room has eight floor-to-ceiling windows with pillowed window seats.

While the home is naturally oriented toward Lake Windermere, architectural details, high ceilings and tall windows add interest to even the few rooms without a water view. Guests are welcomed in the two-story foyer, which has a curving staircase leading to the upper level. Double front doors of wood with glass inserts are flanked by two coat closets.

The owners opted to flip the use of the living room and formal dining room because they enjoy extensive entertaining. The formal dining room shares pocket doors leading to the corner music room, which has a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and surround.

While guests dine, they can enjoy the view from one of the room’s four Palladian windows or the flicker of the fireplace in the music room. The music room also has a bay window with a view of the barn and meadows.

On the opposite side of the foyer, the living room has decorative egg-and-dart moldings, a ceiling medallion, chair-rail moldings and two tall windows facing the front garden.

Pocket doors link the living room with the breakfast area. The foyer, living room, dining room, music room, kitchen and breakfast area all have hardwood flooring.

The breakfast area includes a bay window with a sliding glass door to the deck, which has a spectacular view of the lake. The adjacent center-island kitchen has cherry cabinets, granite counters, a granite island and a double window over the sink.

The kitchen has a cooktop built into the island, an oven, a microwave, a dishwasher, a trash compactor, a refrigerator and a double sink with instant hot water. The kitchen also has a pantry and a built-in planning desk, with a powder room with marble flooring located nearby.

The breakfast area opens into the family room, a grand space for entertaining with three large skylights, a full bar and a stone wood-burning fireplace with a space for storing wood.

Walls of windows and sliding glass doors wrap around the family room, each with a lake view. Both the deck and the upper turret room are accessible from the family room, which also has a spiral staircase to the lower level.

Just below the family room at the bottom of the spiral staircase is a recreation room that replicates the space above, including a full bar. Large parties are easily accommodated with these two entertainment spaces. The recreation room has a stone fireplace with a wood bin, walls of windows, a glass door to the covered patio and access to the lower turret room, all of which have lake views. The patio includes stairs to the upper-level deck for easier flow during a party.

The lower level has plenty of additional space for public and private functions. A media or game room is across the hall from the recreation room. A fifth bedroom with an adjacent full bath is also nearby.

In one corner of the lower level is a library or home office with a brick wood-burning fireplace. French doors link this library with the rear garden and lawn. This level also has several storage and utility closets, including one with a wine cellar. One storage closet is just behind the media room, so home theater equipment could be installed easily out of sight.

While the lower two levels each have a turret room with the best lake views, the upper-level master bath offers a vista of its own. A whirlpool tub set into the corner of the luxurious bath overlooks the lake. This bathroom also has a glass-front shower, skylight and a double-sink vanity.

The extensive master suite has a vaulted ceiling, a sitting area with a wood-burning fireplace and a separate den with a custom built-in bookcase. The bedroom has two deep dormer windows with window seats overlooking the English garden. The customized walk-in closet is accessible from the bedroom and the bathroom and has another dormer window.

On the opposite end of the upper level is a second bedroom suite, with a private full bath, a walk-in closet and tall windows on two sides. The third and fourth bedrooms share a hall bath with a double-sink vanity, a plant platform behind the tub and a picture window overlooking the putting green. The upper level also has a large laundry room with space for a work room.

With about 6,000 finished square feet, this home has plenty of space for entertaining a crowd or enjoying a moment of solitude while communing with nature.

Address: 801 Lake Windermere Court, Great Falls, VA 22066

Community: Windermere

Age: Built in 1987

Price: $1,795,000

Size: About 6,000 finished square feet on homesite of 2.02 acres

Taxes: $13,642 in 2006

Homeowner association fee: $400 per year

Exterior features: Colonial-style estate of brick and siding set at end of cul-de-sac overlooking lake; black iron entry gates; brick-paved path; English garden; split-rail fencing; red barn storage shed in back yard; deck; covered patio; three-car garage.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; four full baths; one powder room; two-story foyer with curved staircase to upper level; formal living room with pocket doors to breakfast area; formal dining room with Palladian windows on two sides and pocket doors to music room; center-island kitchen and breakfast area with bay window and sliding glass door to deck; family room with stone fireplace, wet bar, skylights, opens to deck and turret room; upper-level master suite with sitting area with fireplace plus a separate den, bath, walk-in closet; three additional upstairs bedrooms, two sharing a hall bath, one with a private bath; upper-level laundry room; finished lower level with recreation room with stone fireplace, wet bar, turret room and sliding doors to covered patio; library with brick fireplace and French doors to yard; fifth bedroom with private access to full hall bath; media room, storage room, closets and wine closet.

Amenities: Lake views from multiple rooms including a turret with observation rooms with window seats on two levels; boating and fishing on the lake; backyard putting green; five wood-burning fireplaces; two wet bars; intercom; security system; new energy-efficient dual-zone heating and air conditioning.

Close by: Minutes to Great Falls Village Center, Reston Town Center, shopping centers in Sterling and Dulles Town Center.

Schools: Forestville Elementary, Cooper Intermediate, Langley High

Open house: March 16 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Joan Stokes of Weichert Realtors at 703/790-1952.

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