- The Washington Times - Friday, April 30, 2010

The quiet streets of McLean, Va., long have been a haven for Washington’s elite, a place where they can escape the intensity of high-powered careers, spend time with friends and family and entertain.

While many of McLean’s homes fit the mold of grand Colonial estates, a few stand out from the crowd, including the custom-designed contemporary at 1803 Dominion Crest Lane in the Vinson Estates community.

On the market for $1,600,000, this home has 5,800 finished square feet along with 2,400 square feet of unfinished space in an above-ground lower level that features a separate entrance and a second driveway.

Distinctive features are abundant in this 17-year-old brick-and-stone mansion, which rests on a lot of nearly one-half acre at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac just one block from the Chesterbrook Shopping Center.

Perhaps the most appealing feature for some visitors will be the two-story solarium that surrounds the indoor hot tub. A spiral staircase winds from the solarium to the master suite. Throughout the home are hardwood floors, which are complemented by stained-oak stairs, railings, window frames and door frames, echoing the trees outside. Expansive spaces and intimate retreats are equally accessible in this home.

A Tennessee sandstone walkway leads to the double oak entry doors, which are topped by a Palladian window. The two-story foyer features a dramatic curving oak staircase with open risers, marble flooring and a cascading contemporary-style crystal chandelier.

The main level features a step-down family room with a two-story stone fireplace, two skylights and a glass door to the deck. The family room is adjacent to the kitchen, which includes an oversized island accented by Villeroy & Boch flower tiles, a prep area and shelves. The kitchen features dusty-rose Mexican tile flooring, granite counters, a breakfast bar, a walk-in pantry and a garden window over the sink. Other kitchen features include a Jenn-Air cooktop, a built-in desk, recycling bins and recessed lighting.

Across the back of the home is a media room with a 60-inch plasma television and surround sound along with three sets of French doors that lead to an expansive deck.

The main level also includes a formal living room with a gas fireplace and built-in bookcases and a formal dining room with a custom-made Italian Murano glass chandelier.

A guest bedroom or second master suite on the main level includes a walk-in closet and a private full bath. The main level also has a powder room.

Upstairs, the dramatic master-suite retreat includes a free-standing gas fireplace with a rose marble surround, two sets of French doors leading to a private balcony, and his-and-hers walk-in closets. Double doors lead from the bedroom into the spa-style master bath, which has a step-up whirlpool-jetted tub with a marble surround, separate vanity sinks, a makeup vanity nook with triple mirrors, and a separate shower with a seat.

The upper level has a hallway overlooking both the foyer and the great room, a perfect location for musicians when the owners are entertaining.

Two additional bedrooms on the upper level share a hall bath.

The lower level includes a sliding glass door leading to the second driveway and has a powder room with additional rough-ins for future expansion, plus a wood-burning fireplace. The lower level would be ideal for finishing for a home-based business or in-law suite.

The home has two-zone heating and air conditioning, a two-tank hot water system, FiOS wiring, an intercom system, an alarm system, a central vacuum system, four fireplaces and a two-car garage.

For information about this home or an appointment, contact Realtor Leslie Hutchison at Re/Max Distinctive at 703/675-2188 or visit www.VirginiaHomeTeam.com.

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