- The Washington Times - Friday, December 25, 2009

Reston, Va., residents are known for their love of the woods that wind between the neighborhoods, traversed by well-used walking paths along streams and creeks. Yet Reston’s appeal also lies in the dynamic Reston Town Center, where shops, restaurants and entertainment (such as ice skating in winter and concerts in summer) bring the community together.

One of the most common characteristics of the homes in this planned community is oversized windows framing views of mature trees. The neighborhoods have been carefully planned and built to preserve as many trees as possible.

At 1250 New Bedford Lane, a brick-front home is on the market for $969,900. With about 5,000 square feet, this home, built in 1992, features five bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths.

Nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac on a third-of-an-acre lot, the property has tall trees on three sides and a professionally landscaped backyard with a wooden bridge, a pond with a waterfall, and a gazebo.

The fenced yard also includes a flagstone patio next to the pond and a separate, enclosed children’s playground adjacent to the woods. A wide deck, accessible by wood steps from the yard, wraps around the back of the house off the main level.

There also is a two-car garage with storage space, and the asphalt drive has space for extra cars.

The traditional facade of this Colonial-style home includes an arched Palladian window above the front door. Interesting interior features such as arched doorways and soaring ceilings can be found throughout the home, along with French doors, transoms and two-story window walls.

The generously sized two-story foyer includes hardwood floors, a double-door closet and a curved staircase leading to the upper-level balcony that overlooks the main level. Directly in front of the foyer is an archway faux-painted to resemble a stone arch with delicate vines. Three of these similarly painted archways frame the entrance to the two-story family room, which has a genuine stone fireplace reaching from the floor to the ceiling. The family room includes four Palladian windows and French doors to the deck that overlooks the pond.

The main level also includes a formal living room and formal dining room on either side of the central foyer. Both rooms have hardwood floors. The living room includes walls of double Palladian windows, crown moldings, recessed lighting and a fireplace with a marble surround and custom mantel. French doors with a transom window link the living room with the library, which has a deep bay window facing the woods and two more sets of French doors leading to the deck and into the hall next to the family room.

The formal dining room includes double Palladian windows, a custom chandelier, crown moldings, wainscoting and chair-rail moldings. A butler’s pantry links the dining room with the kitchen.

The expansive kitchen includes a deep bay window overlooking the pond. French doors lead from the breakfast area to the deck. The kitchen includes granite counters, a generously sized center island, glazed maple cabinetry, hardwood floors, a ceramic tile backsplash and upgraded appliances.

Just beyond the kitchen are a mudroom with a storage closet and a door to the garage, and a laundry room with maple cabinets, Corian counters, an upgraded front-loading washer and dryer, and a window. A half bath also is on this level.

Upstairs, the dramatically oversized master suite includes a sitting area with a bay window overlooking the pond. A vaulted ceiling soars above the bedroom, which has tall windows on two sides and recessed lighting. The suite includes four walk-in closets, two of which are accessible from the luxurious master bath. The bath includes ceramic tile flooring, a whirlpool tub set into an alcove with an arched window, a glass-enclosed shower, a vaulted ceiling and a double-sink vanity.

The second bedroom includes a walk-in closet and a private full bath. The third and fourth bedrooms, on the opposite side of the balcony, share a connecting bath. Adjacent to the balcony are two linen closets, and the nearby walls include wainscoting along with chair-rail and crown moldings.

The finished lower level adds about 1,966 square feet of living space, all above ground. The focal point for this level is an oversized recreation room with columns and a brick raised-hearth fireplace. The recreation room opens to a dining or game area with ceramic tile floors and French doors leading to the backyard and playground.

The lower level also includes an exercise room with two sets of double doors, windows on two sides and two double-door closets. This exercise room also can function as a home office or additional bedroom.

At one end of the lower level is a private suite that includes a generously sized bedroom, a walk-in closet and a full bath. This level also has a bonus room, which can be used as a craft room and includes a double-door closet. Additional storage closets are in the lower-level foyer.

Each of Reston’s villages has its own smaller shopping areas, often within walking distance of the local residents and including a mix of restaurants, businesses and shops. In between, the community is filled with swimming pools, tennis courts, playing fields, basketball courts and parks. While residents can find everything they need within town limits, the community also is easily accessible to Washington Dulles International Airport, Great Falls and Tysons Corner. Plans call for the Metro system to extend through Reston to Dulles airport within a few years.

All three levels of this home include expansive rooms, high ceilings, oversized windows and flexible spaces to accommodate a large family or plenty of guests. The pristine condition of every room gives future residents the opportunity to move into the home without requiring any work other than bringing in their personal belongings.

Address: 1250 New Bedford Lane, Reston VA 20194

Community: New Bedford

Age: Built in 1992

Price: $969,900

Home size: About 5,000 square feet

Lot size: 0.33 acre

Taxes: $10,334 in 2008

Homeowner association fee: $60 annually; Reston Association membership (optional for this development) is $491 annually.

Exterior features: Colonial-style single-family home with a brick front, set on cul-de-sac in a wooded setting; asphalt drive; two-car garage; extensive deck off main level; landscaped rear yard with pond, flagstone patio, bridge, gazebo and enclosed children’s playground

Interior features: Five bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths; two-story foyer with curved staircase; hardwood floors; recessed lighting; two-story family room with arched entrance, Palladian windows and a two-story stone fireplace; formal living room with marble fireplace; library with two sets of French doors and a bay window; formal dining room with two Palladian windows and a custom chandelier; wainscoting along with chair-rail and crown moldings; expansive kitchen with butler’s pantry, center island, breakfast area and built-in desk; mudroom with extra storage; laundry room with maple cabinets, Corian counters, an upgraded front-loading washer and dryer, and a window; oversized master-bedroom suite with sitting area, vaulted ceiling, four walk-in closets and a luxury bath; second bedroom with private bath; third and fourth bedrooms with connecting bath; finished, above-ground lower level with recreation room with fireplace and French doors to backyard, exercise room, fifth bedroom with adjacent full bath, bonus room and extensive storage areas; gas heat

Amenities: Swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails, parks and ball fields

Close by: Shopping centers with restaurants and shops; Reston Town Center; Washington Dulles International Airport; planned future Metro station.

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

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Broker/owner Kermit Sande of Realty 2000 at 703/796-0000 and associate broker David Sande at 703/471-0471

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