- The Washington Times - Friday, March 6, 2009

It’s rare to find a 19-year-old home that sparkles as if it were built yesterday. The home at 8404 Brookewood Court in the Woodlea Mill neighborhood of McLean looks fabulous inside and out, with the added benefit of mature landscaping.

Now on the market for $2,950,000, this residence is surrounded by elegant homes just off Spring Hill Road. The all-brick home features a cedar-shake roof and myriad windows, including Palladian windows and bay windows.

A circular driveway offers extra parking space in addition to the three-car garage and the main driveway. The front of this home features low brick walls surrounded by landscaping, brick steps and a brick-front stoop. The mahogany front door has sidelights and transom windows.

Residents can enjoy a wood deck, a terrace, a patio and a wide swath of level lawn behind the house.

Inside, there is a two-story foyer and gleaming marble floors that extend to the back of the home, where French doors open onto the terrace. A curving staircase with a cherry banister leads from the foyer to a gallery overlook on the second floor. The foyer also includes two closets flanking the front door, crown moldings, wainscoting and a chandelier.

Sunlight floods this home on bright days through floor-to-ceiling windows on the main level and in some of the upstairs rooms. The residence has a traditional center hall floor plan with the addition of a first-floor master suite.

The formal living room features hardwood floors, crown moldings, a gas fireplace and French doors leading to the back hall. The formal dining room features a bay window, hardwood floors, a chandelier, recessed lighting and crown and chair-rail moldings. A butler’s pantry with a wet bar links the dining room with the kitchen.

The main level also includes a library with cherry-paneled walls, hardwood floors, built-in bookcases and plantation shutters. Adjacent to the library is a two-story family room, which steps down from the hall and has hardwood floors. A two-story stone fireplace is flanked by Palladian windows, with two more Palladian windows on the side walls. The family room has a tray ceiling, crown moldings, a ceiling fan and a wet bar. A powder room is nearby.

There is a stone fireplace just off the breakfast area and the kitchen, which includes a Palladian window, French doors that open onto the deck and a cathedral ceiling with recessed lighting. The kitchen also has granite counters, hardwood floors, a center island with a gas cooktop, upgraded appliances and a walk-in pantry. Nearby is a laundry room with hardwood floors, washer and dryer, a sink and a built-in ironing board.

The first-floor master suite features a double-door entry, hardwood floors, a tray ceiling with cove lighting, crown moldings and built-in armoires along one tray ceiling with cove lighting, crown molding and built-in armoires along one wall. The bedroom has a sitting area in front of the picture window at the front of the house.

The suite includes a dressing area with two walk-in closets and a luxurious marble bath with a Palladian window, a whirlpool tub, a glass-and-marble shower and two separate vanities.

Upstairs, French doors open into a computer room or a reading room with a view of the backyard. This room has hardwood floors, a ceiling fan and a closet.

Three additional bedrooms on this level each have hardwood floors, a ceiling fan and a private bath. One bedroom has a cathedral ceiling with a dormer window, while another has a wall of windows.

The walk-out lower level has a recreation room with a brick fireplace, mahogany bar with a granite countertop, a sink, an ice maker, a dishwasher and a microwave. On the opposite side of this level is an au-pair suite with a bedroom, a sitting room and a private bath.

Nearby is a hobby room, studio or office with extensive, custom built-in cabinets and a built-in desk.

The variety of rooms on this level and the upper two levels allow for considerable flexibility for a home office, frequent guests or living space for an extended family.

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