- - Thursday, August 11, 2011

While most Washingtonians must drive a few hours before they can enjoy a beach, a home on the market on Lake Barcroft in Falls Church has a private beach and an adjoining waterfront lot — all within seven miles of Washington.

Architect Charles M. Goodman, designer of the original National Airport, the River Park Cooperative in Southwest Washington and Hickory Cluster in Reston, designed the home at 3614 Boat Dock Road in Falls Church in 1966. Since then, the residence has been expanded with dramatic architectural flair and now has more than 8,600 finished square feet. The property includes more than 300 feet of lakefront land and has a dock.

This Lake Barcroft home, the first on the lake to sell for more than $1,000,000 20 years ago, is on the market for $5,200,000. The exterior is constructed of rock and stone with an asphalt roof. The grounds include an in-ground pool with a Jacuzzi, terraces, stone retaining walls, a diving board off the dock for lake swimming, a private beach and a three-car garage.

The home has been designed so that nearly every room has a view of the lake through floor-to-ceiling window for the ultimate in indoor-outdoor living. The rooms include hardwood, marble, slate and ceramic tile flooring, with spiral staircases and dramatic windows throughout the home.

The floor plan has been designed to be equally appealing for a small family gathering or a gala with dozens of guests. With six bedrooms, six full baths and a powder room, the residence has plenty of space for friends and family to gather for lazy days by the lake or more formal events.

While the public rooms are spectacular, perhaps the most appealing private space is the master suite, which occupies the entire upper level of the home. The master suite, which has hardwood flooring, includes a separate sitting room wrapped in windows that opens into a bedroom with lake views. The luxurious master bath has a whirlpool tub set under a window and a steam shower, plus marble flooring. A staircase leads from the upper level to a roof deck with spectacular views of the lake, particularly at sunset.

On the main level, a wooden double front door opens onto the marble foyer. A long gallery overlooks the main level, with skylights overhead and views through the two-story windows of the lake.

The main level includes a living room with a gas fireplace and hardwood flooring, and a formal dining room with a dramatic contemporary-style chandelier and hardwood flooring, along with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors to a deck.

The kitchen and breakfast room have lake views and access to a covered porch perfect for dining lakeside. The kitchen features ceramic tile flooring, stainless steel appliances and a granite center island with a second section designed as a built-in dining table. The breakfast room has marble flooring and is wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows.

The main level also has three bedrooms, two full baths and a powder room.

The above-ground lower level has a two-story family room that also has walls of windows and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. A few steps up from the family room is the library, which has a curving wall of windows facing the lake and built-in bookcases. Nearby is a wet bar.

This level also has two bedrooms and three full baths, plus a game room, a billiards room and a den.

For more information or an appointment to view this home, contact Realtor Roy Melloni with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty at 703/863-0077 or visit www.roymelloni.com.

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