- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Reserve in McLean, one of the Washington area’s most-sought-after neighborhoods, offers an array of luxurious homes within easy distance of Georgetown, Tysons Corner and the District.

The home at 887 Alvermar Ridge Drive is a prime example of the sophistication and elegance of the estates within the Reserve. On the market for $4,980,000, this custom home, built by Winthrop Custom Builders, is on a cul-de-sac lot of almost 1.2 acres.

The property has been landscaped with lush plants and flagstone terraces that create a multilevel outdoor entertaining space worthy of a grand hotel. The heated swimming pool has an infinity-edge spa, and the terraces include a stone fireplace and a cabana with an outdoor bar, a kitchen and a powder room.

State-of-the-art amenities for this estate include a lighting system with different lighting scenes, built-in speakers, four zones of heating and air conditioning, an emergency generator and a security system. The main level’s open floor plan is designed with arches and wide entrances into the rooms from the two-story foyer and the gallery. The main and lower levels have 10-foot ceilings, while the upper level has 9-foot ceilings.

This residence has approximately 12,000 finished square feet with seven bedrooms, seven full baths, three half baths and six fireplaces, plus a two-car garage and a one-car garage.

The main level has an arched double-door entrance into the foyer, which has marble flooring. The marble floor extends throughout the gallery, which has floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors opening onto a terrace.

The formal living room has hardwood flooring, custom molding, a fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and pocket doors that open into the library. The library has hardwood flooring, a coffered ceiling, mahogany-paneled walls with built-in bookcases, a fireplace and a wall of windows. The formal dining room includes two floor-to-ceiling windows with transoms and custom-designed molding.

The step-down family room has a beamed ceiling, hardwood flooring and a limestone fireplace. One side of the room opens to a terrace, while the other has glass doors opening to the screened porch.

The center-island country kitchen has hardwood flooring, a soapstone counter, custom-designed cabinets, two farmhouse sinks and top-of-the-line appliances. The kitchen opens to the breakfast room, which has entrances to the family room, the screened porch and the sunroom.

Arched French doors link the breakfast room and sunroom, which has a wall of built-in bookcases and drawers, an entertainment center, an office center and cabinets. The room’s walls have wainscoting, and there are two walls of windows, including a bay window with a built-in seat.

This home has several practical features, including an anteroom off the main gallery with a pantry and a second entrance from the front garden that has walls of built-in closets, drawers and cabinets. This room has a soapstone counter, a built-in bench, an additional refrigerator and freezer, a powder room and another pantry.

Upstairs, the master suite includes a gallery hall, bedroom and sitting room with hardwood flooring. The bedroom and sitting room both have a wall of windows, and the bedroom has a limestone fireplace. The luxurious master bath includes marble floors, marble walls, a vanity with a marble top, a soaking tub and a glass-enclosed oversized shower. The suite also has two walk-in closets, each with built-in shelving, bureaus and hanging areas.

The upper level has four more bedrooms, each with a private full bath, hardwood flooring and a walk-in closet. The laundry room has soapstone counters, a farm sink, tile flooring, custom-designed cabinets and a front-loading washer and dryer.

Above the garage is a separate au-pair suite or home office with hardwood flooring, two built-in bookcases, a kitchenette, a double-door closet and a full bath.

The lower level has been finished as a more casual entertaining space, with a wine cellar, a powder room, a recreation room with stone flooring, a full bar, a game room with wainscoting on the walls and a tray ceiling. This level also has a step-down family room with a stone fireplace, a tray ceiling, hardwood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors opening onto a terrace. Additional rooms on this level include a media room with hardwood flooring, an exercise room and a guest suite with hardwood flooring, a full bath, a walk-in closet and French doors to a terrace.

For more information, contact Realtors William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki at Washington Fine Properties at 202/243-1620 or visit www.WashingtonFineProperties.com.

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