House of the Week | McLean manor for $8.495M

Architect Richard Foster and Galileo Group have collaborated on some of the more spectacular homes in this area, and this 2007 McLean manor is no exception.

A stately promenade guarded by statuesque trees welcomes you to the 11,000-square-foot European-style home with its limestone facade and arched entryway.

A formal dining room and living room flank the grand marble foyer. In the living room, seven-foot-tall windows flood the space with natural light. A limestone mantel above the fireplace, one of eight in the home, anchors the room.

Wrought-iron gates lead to a discreet but spacious butler’s pantry off the dining room.

The kitchen is a haven for cooks. The rich cherry-wood cabinetry contrasts nicely with the mellow travertine tile backsplash. Intricate architectural details are carved into the custom-built wood hood above the seven-burner Lacanche range. The Old World copper sink is a work of art.

A cherry-wood paneled study invites you to curl up with a good book, while the octagonal morning room is a serene place to sip a cup of tea. The family room offers a cozy gathering place when the weather is disagreeable. But on sunny days, you’ll be tempted to exit through the double doors onto an outdoor terrace that descends to a pool deck with a children’s pool, hot tub and pool house designed by Lewis Aquatech. Three waterfalls cascading from the pool house into the pool create a soothing soundtrack.

“The pool, raised spa and pavilion coordinate flawlessly with the home’s European-influenced architecture,” listing agent Roy Melloni of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty wrote in an e-mail.

In the turret, a spiral staircase ascends to the second-floor bedrooms.

The lower level includes a media room with recliners and a 108-inch screen, stone-and-wood beam wine cellar, a cherry-wood wet bar and an exercise room with steam bath.

Set near the end of a cul-de-sac on 1.34 acres, the five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home is on the market for $8.495 million.

Listing: 1004 Founders Ridge Lane, McLean

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