- The Washington Times - Friday, March 27, 2009

Many of the homes in Great Falls have been built on such large lots that each exists in its own private world, but few residences offer as much privacy as the contemporary home at 9300 Ivy Tree Lane.

Now on the market for $1,195,000, this home’s setting among the trees belies its location just minutes from Tysons Corner, Reston and downtown Washington. Part of the Leigh Mill Meadows development, the residence backs to 15 acres of community parkland, and amenities include fish-stocked ponds, a tennis court and a sports court. Families gather regularly for progressive dinners and for children to play, often on the quiet cul-de-sac of Ivy Tree Lane.

Built in 1974, this cedar-siding home on nearly 1 acre has been completely renovated and updated. Both the inside and outside of the home have been meticulously cared for, with the owners trying to preserve the natural beauty of their surroundings.

Working with an interior designer, the owners developed a palette of related colors and materials. The paving-stone patio and walkway in the front of the home match the walkway at the back entrance. Stone floors in the foyer and kitchen complement the floors in the upper-level master bath.

Soaring ceilings and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows appear throughout this home of about 4,000 square feet. The stone foyer features an open wood staircase set into a dashing red-painted stairwell, which leads to the upper and lower levels.

To the right of the foyer, the combined living and dining room extends from the front of the home to the back. Sliding glass doors at either end lead to the front patio or the rear deck. The hardwood floors have been refinished. The owners designed this open space with seating areas at either end and the dining area in the center, but buyers can configure this area to suit their own needs.

On the opposite side of the home is the family room, a two-story space with a wood-burning fireplace with a stone surround. Two skylights fill this room with light, along with an upper-level gallery that overlooks the family room.

Across from the family room is an open office alcove with cabinets and space for computer equipment. A powder room also appears on this level.

The recently renovated contemporary kitchen and breakfast area appear across the back of the house. Windows wrap these two spaces in wooded views, and glass doors provide access to the wood deck, which extends around two sides of the home. The kitchen features sleek, energy-efficient stainless steel appliances, Caesarstone counters, extensive recessed lighting, an oversized center island and upgraded cabinets.

Upstairs, a gallery overlooking the family room leads to the master suite, which has two glass doors leading to the private balcony overlooking the woods. The owners created an open dressing area and walk-in closet with space for a vanity table and extensive built-ins to maximize the storage space. A small closet has been turned into storage for both media equipment and shoes.

The luxurious master bath features eco-friendly materials and includes an air-jet whirlpool tub, stone floors, stone walls in the glass-enclosed oversized shower and a double-sink vanity. Pocket doors link the bath with the dressing area.

The upper level includes two secondary bedrooms. The first of these bedrooms has a walk-in closet and two tall windows. The second, even larger room, has three tall windows and two double-door closets along with a view across the woods and parkland. The full bath off the hall also has been renovated.

The finished lower level features a recreation room with a stone, wood-burning fireplace and access to a hallway with a glass door to the backyard.

The lower level extends beyond the recreation room, with a guest room with a ceiling fan, oversized windows facing the backyard and a double-door closet. A full bath links this room with a second bedroom with large windows and a closet.

Just beyond these two bedrooms is a full catering kitchen with plenty of cabinets and counter space, a dishwasher, an oven and a refrigerator. One corner of this kitchen has been developed into a “locker room” for sports equipment and backpacks.

The lower level also has a laundry room with a washer and dryer and additional storage shelving. The detached two-car garage also has extensive storage space.

This Great Falls home blends a comfortable interior with its natural surroundings in a great family-oriented neighborhood.

Address: 9300 Ivy Tree Lane, Great Falls, VA 22066

Community: Leigh Mill Meadows

Age: 35 years

Price: $1,195,000

Home size: About 4,000 finished square feet

Lot size: 0.92 acres

Taxes: $11,694 in 2008

Homeowners association fee: $500 per year

Exterior features: Contemporary-style single-family home with cedar-siding exterior, detached two-car garage with additional storage space, wraparound deck, paving-stone walkway and patio, extensive back lawn, well-maintained grounds

Interior features: Five bedrooms; 3 1/2 baths; stone foyer with dramatic open wood staircase to upper and lower levels; combined living and dining room with sliding glass doors at each end, two sitting areas; family room with two-story ceiling, stone fireplace; office nook off family room; refinished hardwood floors; updated kitchen and breakfast area with walls of windows, Caesarstone counters, center island, upgraded cabinets and stainless steel appliances; master suite with private balcony, walk-in closet, dressing area and eco-friendly designed bath with jetted tub and separate shower; two additional upper-level bedrooms with renovated hall bath; finished lower level with recreation room with fireplace, two bedrooms with oversized windows, full bath, full-size catering kitchen, laundry room; skylights; recessed lighting; new carpet; attic insulation; energy-efficient features; water treatment system

Amenities: Private location on cul-de-sac with extensive woods, community amenities include 15 acres of parkland, ponds, tennis court and all-purpose court

Close by: Minutes to downtown Washington, Tysons Corner and Reston

Schools: Colvin Run Elementary School, Cooper Middle School and Langley High School

Open House: 1 to 4 p.m. March 29

Contact: Karen Briscoe with the Huckaby Briscoe Group at Keller Williams Realty at 703/734-0192

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