- - Thursday, November 17, 2011

Chesterbrook Woods, off Glebe Road in McLean, offers an ideal lifestyle for those who appreciate nature as much as they enjoy proximity to the District. As the name implies, tall trees provide a four-season spectacle for residents, particularly those lucky enough to own a home that backs to open woods.

The home at 1428 Wood-acre Drive in McLean, on the market for $1,199,000, offers a premium setting for bird-watching or just enjoying autumn colors and a floral explosion in the spring. Set at the end of a cul-de-sac on more than an acre, this residence backs to woodland that offers 180 degrees of views and privacy from parkland that cannot be developed.

Residents can reach the District via Chain Bridge within minutes as well as shopping, dining and entertainment in Arlington, Falls Church, McLean and Tysons Corner.

Built in 1964, this home has been in one family since 1973. The current owners have expanded and renovated the property with new baths, a new kitchen and a sunroom addition. This six-bedroom home has three finished levels with nearly 4,100 finished square feet above ground.

The landscaped front yard has a brick walkway leading to the front door, which sits under a portico with columns. An asphalt drive leads to the oversized side-entry two-car garage. At the back of the house is a low-maintenance yard with a flagstone patio accessible from the main and lower levels. The patio includes a hot tub resting under the trees.

Inside, this home has a circular flow for easy entertaining. Guests can be welcomed in the two-story foyer, which has ceramic tile flooring and a view through the dining room of the trees. To the left of the foyer is an elegant oversized living room with the original hardwood flooring, two windows facing the front yard, crown molding and a wood-burning fireplace with a marble hearth and surround and a wood mantel. The formal dining room has a bay window facing the woods, a chandelier and two-built in cabinets with marble tops and open shelving above.

Near the living room, the owners enclosed an open patio into a sunroom with windows on three sides and a wall of exposed brick. The sunroom has floor-to-ceiling windows, wood laminate flooring, a ceiling fan and heating and cooling. In one corner is a brick grill with a flue that can be converted into a gas fireplace.

The owners updated their kitchen but kept the original slate flooring in the breakfast area. The breakfast area faces the woods and has wainscoting. The adjacent open kitchen has an oversized center island with a granite counter, new granite counters, a custom-designed tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and pale whitewashed wood cabinets.

On the opposite side of the foyer is the first-floor bedroom wing, which includes a master suite facing the woods. The bedroom has hardwood flooring, windows on two walls and a double-door closet. The adjacent private bath has been updated with a double-sink vanity, a linen closet, a clothes closet and ceramic tile flooring.

This wing has two more bedrooms, each with a double-door closet and hardwood flooring. Across the hall from these bedrooms is a full bath with ceramic tile flooring, a pedestal sink and an oversized shower with a glass door.

Hardwood stairs lead to the upper level, which has hardwood flooring in the hall and both bedrooms. Each bedroom is oversized, with dormer windows and plenty of space for a sitting area or study in addition to the sleeping area. The bedrooms have walls of closets and under-eaves storage closets, plus treetop views. These two bedrooms share a renovated hall bath with two sinks, ceramic tile flooring and a glass-enclosed shower.

The above-ground lower level is also finished and has several sliding glass doors and regular glass doors to the back and side yards as well as to the garage. The recreation room includes a wood-burning fireplace with a raised, brick hearth, new carpet and a wet bar with granite counters, plus plenty of storage and a new stainless steel sink.

This level also has a bedroom with a double-door closet and a double window facing the woods. This room could be used as a guest room, au pair suite or home office. Next door is a renovated full bath with ceramic tile flooring.

The lower level also has three large, practical spaces for flexible uses. One, a workshop and unfinished storage room, has a door to the side yard. On the opposite side of the recreation room is an oversized pantry or mudroom with a door to the garage. The third space is a sunny laundry room with counter space, a double-door closet, shelving and a sink in addition to a washer and dryer. This room has wide windows facing the woods as well as a door to the driveway.

The expansive floor plan of this home makes it ideal for a large family or someone who loves entertaining overnight guests, but the rooms also can function as office space for a home-based business.


Address: 1428 Woodacre Drive, McLean, VA 22101

Community: Chesterbrook Woods

Age: Built in 1964

Price: $1,199,000

Size: Approximately 4,100 square feet on 1.06 acres

Taxes: $9,643 in 2011

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: All brick Colonial-style single-family home, portico entrance with columns, flagstone patio, side-entry two-car garage, located at end of cul-de-sac

Interior features: Six bedrooms, four full baths, formal living room, formal dining room, sunroom with three walls of windows, breakfast area open to center-island kitchen, first-floor master suite with a private bath, two more first-floor bedrooms with a hall bath, upper level with two bedrooms and full bath, lower-level recreation room with bedroom, full bath, workshop, laundry room and mudroom

Amenities: Hot tub in backyard, two wood-burning fireplaces, gas heat and hot water, intercom system, central air conditioning

Close by: Trails through woods connect to Pimmet Run and Potomac River trails; minutes to downtown Washington, Arlington, Falls Church, Tysons Corner and McLean shopping areas

Schools: Chesterbrook Elementary, Longfellow Middle, McLean High

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

Contact: Associate broker Carolyn Connell with Keller Williams Realty in McLean at 703/401-3062 or visit www.CarolynConnell.com.

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