- - Thursday, December 29, 2011

If you think a home with most of the bedrooms on the main level is old-fashioned, think again.

The modernist Arts-and-Crafts-style single-family home at 6817 Baron Road in McLean is anything but old-fashioned. This home, which has almost 7,000 finished square feet of living space, includes soaring ceilings, warm wood interiors and an expansive open floor plan — yet four of the home’s six bedrooms are on the main level.

On the market for $2,499,000, this custom-designed home was built in 1960 and rests on a site of nearly three-quarters of an acre. While the home’s interior offers distinctive style, the modernist brick-and-cedar-siding exterior provides simplicity and elegance.

A flagstone drive leads to two garages that have a total of three parking spaces. Guest parking is available in the driveway.

The property is nearly surrounded by wood decks and balconies that total 1,270 square feet of living space in warmer weather. A covered front porch offers a shady spot for welcoming guests or relaxing and admiring the green front lawn and the mature trees that surround the home.

A wood front door and two side panels, both with glass inserts, provide a dramatic entrance into the foyer. From the foyer through to the back of the house are hardwood floors and a vaulted wood ceiling with beams. The rooms in the central living area on the main level are defined by architectural columns.

To the left of the foyer is the living room, which has a wall of glass facing the front yard. A distinctive staircase to the lower level separates the living room from the family room and has wood railings with decorative wrought iron on three sides.

The family room has floor-to-ceiling windows, a wall of built-in bookcases and cabinets, and a sliding glass door to one of the wood decks. A pass-through and two open doorways connect the family room with the kitchen, a prime location for entertaining a crowd.

The open kitchen and breakfast area have beamed ceilings with skylights, pendant lighting and an oversized center island with a granite counter. Chefs will appreciate the array of cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen also has a tile backsplash. French doors open onto a large wood deck with a built-in barbecue.

A few steps up from the kitchen is a banquet-size dining room with walls of windows on three sides, a ceiling fan and a fireplace. Outside the dining room is a balcony that wraps around all three sides with steps to two separate wood decks.

The main living area also has a side foyer that links one deck with the laundry room and mudroom, which also has a door to the garage. Near the foyer is a coat closet with an adjacent bench and a powder room with a unique wood pedestal sink in the Arts-and-Crafts style.

The bedroom wing on the main level includes a master-bedroom suite with a private balcony and a glass door to one of the wood decks. The suite includes two oversized walk-in closets and his-and-hers baths, one with a shower, a commode and a sink, the other with a soaking tub set under a window, a separate shower, a vanity with a sink and a commode.

The second bedroom has a private full bath and a walk-in closet, while the third and fourth bedrooms on this level share a full bath with a double-sink vanity off the hall.

The aboveground finished lower level includes a recreation room with an adjacent sitting room that includes two closets. Glass doors open from the sitting room onto a stone patio with covered and open-air sections as well as steps to the deck above.

Just past the recreation room is a custom-designed Arts-and-Crafts style wood wet bar. This level also has a media room, a powder room and a storage room.

The lower level also has a bedroom wing with two bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet. These two bedrooms share a full bath off the hall.

For more information about this McLean property, contact real estate agent Marianne Prendergast with Long & Foster Real Estate at 703/873-5155 or visit www.marianneprendergast.com.

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