- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 17, 2011

The neighborhood of Sleepy Hollow in Falls Church, Va., has become legendary for the residents’ sense of community. The owners in this tightly knit cluster of single-family homes come together for holidays and community meetings, baby-sit each other’s children and work together to preserve a strong citizens association.

The Sleepy Hollow Citizens’ Association has been meeting since 1941, through decades of change in their neighborhood and in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. With downtown Washington just seven miles from the community and dozens of shops and restaurants nearby, homeowners in Sleepy Hollow have quick access to the outside world but can retreat easily to the winding streets of their neighborhood.

The single-family homes in Sleepy Hollow represent nearly every possible architectural style, yet they complement each other under the canopy of towering trees lining most streets. Many of the homes offer a traditional exterior that belies some of the expansive delights found inside.

The home at 3068 Cedarwood Lane in Sleepy Hollow, on the market for $1,159,900, has a traditional stone-and-siding facade that hides a spacious home with nearly 7,600 finished square feet of living space. An asphalt drive leads to the two-car garage, and a flagstone walkway leads from the driveway past a low stone wall and onto the flagstone front porch. The home rests on a three-quarter-acre lot with mature trees, an extensive front lawn and perennial flowers and flowering shrubs.

The back of the home features multiple wood decks, an upper-level balcony with a spiral staircase, a deep in-ground swimming pool with a diving board, a flagstone deck and a level lawn with garden beds. The backyard is fully fenced and has a double-door storage shed.

Inside, this home has multiple spaces for entertaining formally, relaxing with friends and family, working or simply enjoying some privacy. The owners have created a palatial home that remains cozy and practical, with rooms designed to meet the needs of every generation and every family member.

The front doors open onto a two-story foyer with a herringbone-patterned marble floor and a skylight overhead. Directly ahead is a generously sized sunken formal living room with hardwood flooring, crown molding and an oversized gas fireplace. Across the back of this room are walls of windows and two sets of glass doors with half-moon transoms that open into an oversized sunroom overlooking the swimming pool and rear gardens.

The 26-by-20-foot sunroom has tile flooring, three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, a coffered ceiling with two ceiling fans, and sets of double glass doors on either side of the room leading to two decks.

Nearby, the formal dining room has a picture window overlooking the lawn and gardens, hardwood flooring, crown molding and a built-in drawer for linens. Throughout this home, the owners have added built-in storage cabinets and drawers, along with an abundance of closets on all three levels.

In 2000, the owners renovated their kitchen to meet their desire for a comfortable room for cooking on a professional level and enjoying relaxed family meals.

The kitchen includes recessed lighting, slate flooring, concrete counters, a concrete double farmhouse sink, and custom-designed cherry cabinets and stainless steel drawers. The built-in cabinets include lighted shelves and undercabinet lighting. The professional-grade appliances include a six-burner gas cooktop with a grill and a warming drawer, two wall ovens, an oversized refrigerator and a trash compactor. The kitchen has two walk-in pantries with pressed-tin doors and automatic lights.

At one end of the kitchen are entrances to the garage, the front walk and one of the many rear decks. Shelving and hooks have been added to this area of the kitchen for storing backpacks and other belongings.

The owners have a breakfast table set into a nook by the window. In addition, a custom-designed solid cherry family dining table conveys with the home. This table, which also can function as an additional food-preparation area, has been designed to fit perfectly into the space and can be placed parallel or perpendicular to the central countertop and stove.

In addition to the main rooms, the home’s first level offers several more rooms. Near the foyer is a charming library with handsome wood paneling, built-in bookcases, a large picture window facing the front lawn, hardwood flooring and a gas fireplace with a brick hearth and surround.

On the opposite side of the foyer is the first-floor bedroom wing. A full bath links the foyer with a home office that features built-in bookcases and a built-in desk, hardwood flooring and a picture window facing the front lawn. The bath has a deep closet with hookups for a washer and dryer for owners who want a first-floor laundry room.

Beyond the office are two master suites. The first master suite has an expansive bedroom with a loft and a two-story sitting area with a gas fireplace. The sitting area has a glass door to a deck with steps to the swimming pool. Stairs lead from the sitting area to the loft above, a room with four closets that can be used as a craft room, an office or an additional sitting room. This master suite also has a room-sized walk-in closet and three additional closets.

The master bath features a two-story cathedral ceiling, marble flooring, a jetted soaking tub next to a picture window, a separate shower, a double-sink vanity and additional vanity space. The bathroom also has a wall of built-in cabinets and a separate water closet with a commode and a bidet.

The main level’s second master suite features crown molding, two double-door closets and a glass door to the deck. The private full bath includes a wall of additional closets, a double-sink vanity and a combined tub and shower.

The upper level of this home features a generously proportioned family room with a cathedral ceiling with track lighting and two walls of built-in bookcases and cabinets. A wall of windows and glass doors open onto a balcony overlooking the pool. A spiral staircase links this balcony with the deck below.

This level includes skylights over the hallway, which has multiple closets and a nook perfect for a computer desk or reading area.

Two bedroom suites are on this level, each with a sloping ceiling, multiple closets in each room and a private full bath. One of the bedrooms has skylight and each has a lighted ceiling fan.

The finished lower level has a recreation room with ceramic tile flooring, a gas fireplace with a wood mantel, and a glass door to the backyard. This level has a full bath and a separate pool changing room, along with a storage room with a washer and dryer and additional storage cabinets.

Buyers looking for a home with cozy corners and expansive spaces, plus the option for entertaining by the fire in winter and by the pool in summer, should consider a visit to this unique Falls Church home.

Details:

Address: 3068 Cedarwood Lane, Falls Church, VA 22042

Community: Sleepy Hollow

Age: Built 1951

Price: $1,159,900

Size: Approximately 7,600 finished square feet on a three-quarter-acre lot

Taxes: $11,934 in 2010

HOA fee: None

Exterior features: Colonial-style single-family home of stone and cement siding with shingle roof, attached two-car garage, landscaped yards with perennials, flagstone front walk, multiple decks in fully fenced backyard

Interior features: Four bedrooms; six full baths; one half bath; foyer with marble flooring; first-floor library with fireplace; sunken formal living room with fireplace; formal dining room with molding and hardwood flooring; large sunroom with walls of windows facing pool and backyard; gourmet kitchen with professional-grade appliances, slate floor, concrete counters, two walk-in pantries and custom-designed cherry cabinets and table; main-level office with built-in bookcases and adjacent full bath; two first-floor master suites, each with a private luxury bath, multiple closets and French doors to deck, one with a gas fireplace and loft; upper-level family room with built-in bookcases and double doors to balcony with spiral stairs to deck; two upper-level bedrooms, each with a private full bath; finished lower-level recreation room with fireplace, full bath, pool changing room and laundry/storage room

Amenities: In-ground swimming pool, four gas fireplaces, skylights, ceiling fans, track and recessed lighting, new windows, three-zoned heating and air conditioning, new water heater, new air conditioner, new humidifier, new compressor, stand-by generator for sump pump

Close by: Seven miles to downtown Washington; close to shopping centers, library, parks, commuter routes, Arlington and Rosslyn

Schools: Sleepy Hollow Elementary, Glasgow Middle, Stuart High

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 20

Contact: Principal broker Doris Leadbetter of Keller Williams Realty at 703/517-1194 or visit www.DorisLeadbetter.com


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