- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Salona Village neighborhood in McLean, located just off Dolley Madison Boulevard, is one of Fairfax County’s prime locations. Not only can residents drive quickly to downtown Washington, Georgetown and Tysons Corner, but they also can walk to shops and restaurants in McLean.

Parkland nearly surrounds this neighborhood, and the county has plans for Salona Park, including natural and recreational resources, meadow restoration, a dog park and a trail system to link to the Pimmit Run Trail.

Homes within Salona Village range from original ramblers and Colonials to modern mansions in a wide variety of styles. The home at 1470 Waggaman Circle, on the market for $959,000, is a brick rambler built in 1954 and expanded with a glass-enclosed addition in 2009. The owners took care to avoid disturbing the watershed area behind their property, which backs to Bryan Branch Creek and woods.

Paths through the woods behind the house link to the county’s Pimmit Bend Park and the Pimmit Run Trail, which ends at the Potomac River. The back of the home has been configured to take maximum advantage of the woodland and creek views.

The owners designed their landscaping to include a lawn, garden beds and natural areas closer to the creek. The front yard also has been landscaped with a lawn and gardens.

A brick walk winds from the asphalt drive to the brick stoop, where a glimpse through the glass panes in the front door offers a view straight through the house to the woods. Just inside the front door is a foyer with natural slate flooring and a low wall defining the formal dining room. The dining room has a bay window facing the front garden and a wood-burning fireplace with a mantel. It also has recessed lighting.

The main level has restored hardwood flooring, while the lower level has new neutral carpeting.

In 2009, the owners renovated their kitchen, living room and screened porch, adding modern touches to the rooms and embracing the natural beauty of the woods and creek. As part of their renovation, they suspended the addition to the home on steel beams rather than disturb the homesite by building another foundation. A suspended steel scupper overhead, a copper rain chain and a rain barrel were added to reduce runoff and collect water for the gardens.

The living room, suspended over the rear garden, is wrapped in commercial-grade, custom-designed, energy-efficient windows. The entire back wall of the living room is made of windows, with a built-in window seat facing the woods. The living room includes radiant floor heating, suspended lighting, built-in bookcases and built-in cabinets.

The side wall of the living room is a commercial-grade “firehouse door” of double-paned insulated glass that lifts like a garage door. This glass door opens onto the screened porch, which has hardwood flooring, a ceiling fan and a commercial-grade custom-designed screen system to match the living room. The screened porch opens onto a deck for easy grilling.

Cherry cabinets and Energy Star appliances were added to the kitchen two years ago, along with unusual custom-designed counters of natural copper, which the owners say is five times more antibacterial than stainless steel. The kitchen also has a custom-designed back-painted tempered-glass backsplash, a glass cooktop with induction heat, a built-in microwave/convection oven and a built-in conventional/convection oven.

The kitchen has an oversized skylight, a glass door to the screened porch and a built-in banquette that seats six on hinged seats with storage underneath. A picture window above the banquette fills the room with natural light. A built-in pantry with fully extending interior drawers adds to the abundant kitchen storage.

The main level has three bedrooms and two full baths. The first bedroom, currently in use as a home office, has hardwood flooring, a walk-in closet and two windows framing a view of the front garden. The second bedroom, a charming corner room with windows on two sides, has hardwood flooring and a closet. This bedroom is large enough for a study and reading nook at one end, with the bed at the opposite end. These two bedrooms share a hall bath with traditional black-and-white tile flooring.

The master-bedroom suite has been renovated with a new 6-by-4-foot window with a window seat facing the woods. The bedroom has a walk-in closet and a built-in wardrobe with shelving along one wall. The master suite includes a private full bath with a shower.

The finished, above-ground lower level was renovated four years ago and includes a generously sized family room with oversized windows on three sides and a large storage closet.

This level has a bedroom with a wood-burning fireplace and a walk-in closet. Next to this bedroom is a den with a closet and a window that also can be used as a guest bedroom.

The lower level has a full bath and a large laundry room with a front-loading washer and dryer, cabinets and an extra refrigerator. Extra storage closets are also located on this level.


Address: 1470 Waggaman Circle, McLean, VA 22101

Community: Salona Village

Age: Built in 1954, renovated 2009

Price: $959,000

Size: Lot of approximately .35 acres

Taxes: $7,742 in 2010

Exterior features: Brick rambler-style single-family home, glass-enclosed rear addition and screened porch, landscaped grounds back to woods, asphalt drive for off-street parking

Interior Features: Four bedrooms; three full baths; living room with two walls of custom-designed windows, built-in cabinets and bookcases; screened porch with glass door to living room; renovated kitchen with cherry cabinets, skylight, copper counters, built-in banquette, pantry; dining room with bay window and fireplace; master bedroom with window seat, built-in wardrobe, private full bath; two additional main-level bedrooms share hall bath; renovated lower level with family room, den, bedroom with fireplace, full bath, storage closets and laundry room

Amenities: Backs to Bryan Branch Creek and woods, two wood-burning fireplaces, built-ins, skylights, ceiling fans, radiant floor heating

Close by: Walk to shops, restaurants, elementary school, Pimmit Bend Park, Salona Park; minutes to downtown Washington, McLean, Tysons Corner.

Schools: Franklin Sherman Elementary, Longfellow Middle, McLean High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Karen Briscoe with Keller Williams Realty at 703/734-0192

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