- The Washington Times - Friday, April 17, 2009

Visitors may be dazzled by the size and elegance of the homes in Cedar Chase, a development of 47 homes off Route 7 on the border of Herndon and Reston.

The stately brick-front home at 11594 Cedar Chase Road is sited on a hill with an English-style garden in the back. Now on the market for $1,325,000, this home has nearly 7,000 finished square feet.

Built by NVHomes in 2000, the home features a two-story foyer with grand dual staircases to the upper level, tumbled marble floors underfoot and a dramatic chandelier overhead. The main level includes wide-plank maple floors, crown and chair-rail moldings, recessed lighting and repeated architectural details of columns and tray ceilings.

The formal dining room includes a tray ceiling, a ceiling medallion with a chandelier and both crown and chair-rail moldings. Across the foyer is the living room, which has two Palladium windows overlooking the front yard.

Columns flank the entrance to the conservatory, which has tumbled marble floors and is wrapped on three sides by floor-to-ceiling windows with transoms. French doors open from this room to a deck overlooking the back garden.

Near the conservatory is an office with two tall windows and French doors with transom windows.

Just beyond the office is the two-story family room, which has built-ins and a dramatic window wall with a Palladian window in the center. This room has a coffered ceiling and a gas fireplace flanked by built-in cabinets.

The entire home is wired for sound and all of the lighting is programmed by computer. In the central hall (near the family room) are a powder room with tumbled marble floors and a glass-bowl sink, plus two closets - one designed for use as a butler’s pantry and the other for coats.

The kitchen features upgraded stainless steel appliances, granite counters, a center island and maple cabinets. Appliances include a six-burner cooktop, double ovens, a wine chiller and ice machine; and the kitchen also has a built-in desk with computer wiring.

The main level also has a mudroom and a laundry room. The three-car garage is accessible from the laundry room.

The grand staircase leads from the foyer to a gallery overlooking the foyer and family room. On one side of this gallery, double doors open into the master suite, which starts with a sitting room with a triple window overlooking the back garden. The generously sized bedroom has a tray ceiling, a ceiling fan and three windows, with additional space for another sitting area. The suite includes two walk-in closets, one of them the size of three typical walk-in closets.

The master bath features tumbled marble floors, a whirlpool tub set on a marble platform with columns, a glass-enclosed shower and two separate vanities.

The upper level has three additional bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet and a full bath. Each bath includes tumbled marble accent tiles in the ceramic tile floor.

The finished lower level is above ground, allowing each room to have a floor-to-ceiling window. The recreation room has a gas fireplace and French doors leading to the back garden, along with high ceilings, recessed lighting and columns.

The owners decided to transform their backyard into a more formal English garden, complete with a Haddonstone fountain that provides a gentle sound for the outdoor space. The fenced and gated yard includes paving stone pathways, garden beds, lawn areas and several places for gathering with friends and family. The Brazilian walnut decking extends from the main-level deck and down stairs to the backyard. Professional lighting enhances the space in the evening. Doric columns add a classic touch to the garden, which also features copper fixtures and lamps.

The home has been designed to accommodate nearly any size party with a full bar and a dance floor on the lower level.

This home will quickly become a haven for the new owners, with flexible spaces for both quiet times and large celebrations.

Address: 11594 Cedar Chase Road, Herndon, VA 20170

Community: Cedar Chase

Age: Built in 2000

Price: $1,325,000

Home size: About 6,776 square feet

Lot size: 0.39 acres

Taxes: $11,533 in 2008

Homeowners association fee: $500 semiannually

Exterior features: Colonial-style single-family home with columns, brick front, paving-stone front walk, Brazilian walnut deck, gated and fenced yard, English garden with fountain and Doric columns, asphalt drive and three-car side-entry garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths; grand two-story foyer with dual staircase and tumbled marble floors; wide-plank maple hardwood floors; formal dining room with tray ceiling; step-down formal living room; conservatory with tumbled marble floors and walls of windows; crown and chair-rail moldings; recessed lighting and repeated architectural details of columns and tray ceilings; two-story family room with built-ins, Palladian window and gas fireplace; office with French doors; gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances and maple cabinets; breakfast room; morning room with walls of Palladian windows; first-floor laundry room and mudroom; master suite with separate sitting room, tray ceiling, two walk-in closets and luxury bath; three more upper-level bedrooms with walk-in closets and private full baths; finished lower level with recreation room with gas fireplace, bar and dance floor, guest bedroom with walk-in closet and full bath, extensive finished and unfinished storage rooms

Amenities: Professionally designed and landscaped English garden with a fountain, patios, lighting and garden beds; whole-house surround sound and computer-programmed lighting; central vacuum system and security system

Close by: Minutes to Reston Town Center, Great Falls and Dulles International Airport

Schools: Armstrong Elementary School, Herndon Middle School, Herndon High School

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. April 19

Contact: Realtor Jo Haring with Weichert, Realtors at 703/850-9757 or visit www.joharing.com

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