Friday, May 21, 2010

Residents of Bryn Mawr, a sought-after neighborhood in McLean, Va., enjoy the privilege of living in a quiet, tree-lined community within walking distance of shops, restaurants and parks. A mix of traditional Colonial-style homes, Cape Cod cottages and Craftsman-style homes can be found in this area, many of them renovated and expanded.

Bryn Mawr attracts residents for the convenience not only of walking to local amenities, but also its proximity to major commuter routes. Less than a mile from Route 123, commuters can quickly reach Tysons Corner or downtown Washington or Georgetown along with the Beltway, Route 66 and Route 7.

The home at 6810 Tennyson Drive in McLean is on the market for $1,149,900. Built in 1956, it was completely renovated and custom-designed in 2009. The Craftsman-style home features a contemporary-style open floor plan on the main level, while extensive interior millwork and solid red oak hardwood flooring add warmth to the entire home.

Each room in this sunny home offers sophistication and style. The exterior includes dormer windows, a 50-year-guaranteed roof, neutral yet detailed shingles and siding and a stone front porch with columns and a beadboard ceiling. The wood front door includes etched-glass inserts, and a second entrance is located near the garage. Garden beds and a lawn flank the driveway, which leads to an oversized two-car garage that has been fully insulated and finished with lighting and cabinetry. The back of the home features a stone patio accessible from several rooms.

Inside, each room is brightened by tall double-pane windows and French doors. A skylight with a remote control and blinds is above the staircase and adds more light to the main and upper levels.

Hardwood flooring leads directly from the foyer into the rest of the main level, creating an easy flow from room to room. The formal living room includes a wood-burning fireplace and a built-in cherry cabinet set into a niche. The cabinet includes a hidden television lift with a remote control so that the television need be visible only when in use.

French doors lead into the library, which has built-in cabinets and bookshelves, including a marble counter underneath one window.

The main level also includes a flexible room, currently used as a home office, that has French doors leading to the patio and an adjacent full bath. The bath has marble flooring and a marble shower that will be completed with glass doors. This room could function as a main-level guest suite or even as a formal dining room, if desired.

The open kitchen and dining area include another set of French doors to the patio. The kitchen includes a granite breakfast bar, white cabinets, a pantry with etched-glass doors, stainless steel appliances, granite counters and a window above the stainless steel double sink. Appliances include a dual-fuel range with a steam and convection electric oven and a gas range top.

Upstairs, the master bedroom suite includes a dramatic double-door entrance and a sloping ceiling. The bedroom has four windows facing the backyard and two walk-in closets with built-in shelving and closet rods. Recessed lighting is overhead.

Etched-glass double doors open into the luxurious master bath, which has an Airmaster hydrotherapy tub with jets and an oversized marble shower with glass doors. This bath also has tall windows and a double-sink marble vanity.

Each of the three upper-level bathrooms has radiant-heat flooring.

The second and third bedrooms are large enough to be master suites in some homes. Each has a bank of four tall windows, a walk-in closet and a private full bath with a granite vanity top and a custom-designed cherry cabinet.

The interior doors in every room, even the doors to the linen closet, are solid wood.

Each room has been wired with high-tech multimedia cable, and the entire home has zoned heating and air conditioning.

The unfinished lower level allows for extensive storage space, along with room for future expansion, if desired, beyond the 3,510 square feet on the upper two levels.

The owners of this sophisticated home have demonstrated an attention to quality and detail that shows in each of the marble and granite baths, the wood trim, the gleaming hardwood flooring, the carefully chosen windows and French doors and even in such hidden delights as radiant-heat flooring and high-tech wiring. The main-level rooms allow future residents the flexibility to add a fourth bedroom or a more formal dining area or to creatively use the space to meet their own needs.


Address: 6810 Tennyson Drive, McLean, VA 22101

Community: Bryn Mawr

Age: Built in 1956, completely remodeled in 2009

Price: $1,149,900

Size: Approximately 3,510 finished square feet on homesite of .27 acres

Taxes: $8,127 in 2009

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Traditional Craftsman-style single-family home with siding; 50-year roof; full gutters; new double-pane windows; attached oversized two-car garage with insulation, lighting and cabinets.

Interior features: Three levels with three bedrooms; four full baths; red oak hardwood flooring on two upper levels; living room with fireplace; library with built-in bookcases and cabinets; home office with adjacent full bath; open kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and breakfast area with French doors to patio; master suite with sitting area, two walk-in closets and luxury bath; two additional bedrooms with walk-in closets and private full baths; unfinished lower level

Amenities: Front porch with beadboard ceiling, back patio, skylight with remote-controlled blinds, marble and granite counters in kitchen and baths, wood-burning fireplace, radiant-heat flooring in upper-level baths, side entrance in addition to main entrance, solid wood doors, high-tech wiring, zoned climate control

Close by: Walk to shopping center, restaurants and parks, less than one mile to Route 123 with access to Beltway and Route 7, minutes to downtown Washington and Georgetown

Schools: Franklin Sherman Elementary, Longfellow Middle, McLean High

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. May 22 and May 23

Contact: Realtor Mark Gaetjen of Century 1 New Millennium in McLean at 703/402-7524

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