- The Washington Times - Friday, April 30, 2010

The winding lanes of Great Falls, Va., lead to an array of elegant homes set on lots of nearly one acre or larger. Residents relish their privacy, with forests and streams slipping between the homes and providing a paradise for homeowners to enjoy.

While Great Falls homes run the gamut from traditional Colonial-style estates to contemporary wood, glass and stone residences, most share the distinction of blending into their natural surroundings. Nearby parks such as Riverbend Park and Great Falls Park offer more places for families to enjoy nature, while the community also has horse centers, country clubs and swimming and tennis centers.

Great Falls Village Center provides quick access to shops and restaurants for residents, who also can easily reach Reston Town Center and Tysons Corner for additional amenities.

The home at 714 Forest Park Road in Great Falls, on the market for $1,050,000, has been completely renovated since it was built in 1975. This traditional Colonial-style home has been updated with sunroom and morning-room additions that fill the home with sunlight, along with a neutral “Pottery Barn-style” paint palette that adds a contemporary flair to the rooms.

The main level offers formal and informal living spaces with the flexibility to accommodate any family’s needs along with an easy flow for entertaining. Family and friends will gather often in the renovated kitchen, a sunny space with ceramic tile flooring with decorative inserts, granite counters, maple cabinets and a tumbled-marble backsplash. The kitchen has recessed lighting and stainless steel appliances, including double wall ovens and a five-burner cooktop. The abundant cabinets include some with glass fronts and some with open shelving, along with extra cabinets accessible from the morning room.

The morning room has three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, two skylights and French doors to the deck, which has more than 550 square feet and wraps around the house. The windows frame a view of the expansive backyard and forest.

On the opposite side of the kitchen are the laundry room, which has a door to the garage, and a hallway that has been transformed into a perfect family space with a pantry with pull-out drawers and an adjacent coat closet with cubbies for each family member.

While friends and family may be drawn immediately to the kitchen and morning room, they will be welcomed first in the inviting foyer, which has refinished hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, crown and chair-rail moldings, wainscoting and a curving staircase to the upper level. Nearby are a coat closet and renovated powder room with a pedestal stink and ceramic tile flooring.

To the right of the foyer is a home office with crown and chair-rail moldings, wainscoting and hardwood flooring. This space formerly was the dining room and includes wiring for an overhead light fixture if future residents want to re-convert the space and hang a chandelier.

To the left of the foyer is the current formal dining room, which has hardwood flooring, accent lights overhead and two picture windows facing the front lawn. A step down links the dining room with the living room/sunroom addition, which has three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting and French doors to the deck.

The main level also includes a family room with a gas fireplace flanked by built-in cabinets and bookcases. This room has hardwood flooring, crown moldings, recessed lighting and French doors to the deck.

Upstairs, the master suite has a bedroom and a sitting room with built-in cabinets, and two closets with built-in drawers and shelving. The renovated master bath features an oversized ceramic tile shower with frameless glass doors and dual shower heads, ceramic tile flooring, a linen closet, recessed lighting and a furniture-quality vanity with a granite counter.

Each of the three additional bedrooms has a double-door closet and plenty of space, along with windows facing the front lawn or the forest.

The renovated hall bath has ceramic tile flooring, a maple vanity with a granite counter, new fixtures and a combination tub and shower.

The walk-out lower level has new carpet and an abundance of storage space. The finished sections of this level include a large bedroom with a double-door closet and a large window and a recreation room with a sliding glass door to a covered stone patio. Beyond the patio are the lawn, garden beds and the woods.

The lower level also has a full bath with a combination tub and shower, plus a finished flexible space for a fitness room, playroom or additional office.

Over the past nine years, this home’s owners have added recessed lighting; built-in cabinets and shelves; closet organizers; a new well pump, patio, deck, water conditioning system, air conditioning system, roof, well-water pressure tank and shutters. They have renovated the kitchens and baths, refinished the hardwood flooring, painted the rooms and replaced the lower-level carpet. The next residents simply need to bring their furniture and then settle onto the backyard deck to enjoy a pleasant summer.

Details:

Address: 714 Forest Park Road, Great Falls, VA 22066

Community: Hidden Forest

Age: Built in 1975

Price: $1,050,000

Size: Approximately 3,535 finished square feet on site of .92 acre

Taxes: $8,750 in 2009

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Colonial-style single-family home of brick and siding set on a quiet cul-de-sac street with landscaped gardens, nearly 1-acre lot with woods and lawn, two-car garage

Interior features: Five bedrooms; three full baths and a powder room; hardwood flooring on main level; formal dining room; living room with three walls of windows; family room with gas fireplace and built-in cabinets; home office; renovated kitchen open to morning room with three walls of windows and skylights; main-level powder room and laundry room; master suite with sitting room, bedroom, two walk-in closets and renovated bath; three secondary bedrooms share a renovated hall bath; finished lower level with bedroom, full bath, recreation room, exercise room and extensive storage.

Amenities: Wood deck wraps around two sides of home, stone patio, crown and chair-rail moldings with wainscoting, new roof, gas heat, gas water heater

Close by: Minutes to Great Falls Village Center shops and restaurants, Reston Town Center, Washington Dulles International Airport

Schools: Great Falls Elementary, Cooper Middle, Langley High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors Vivian Lyons and Debbie McGuire of Weichert, Realtors at 703/406-9009

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