(Photo by HomeVisit The rustic family room has thick wood beams that stretch across the ceiling and a massive stone fireplace.)

Alan Faneca, a nine-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is selling his McLean home. The Cotswold-style house, with a handmade brick and precast stone exterior, was built in 2014. Faneca is the original owner.

Faneca, who retired in 2010 after 13 years in the NFL, was the Steelers’ first-round draft pick in 1998 out of Louisiana State University. He spent the bulk of his career in Pittsburgh, helping the Steelers win Super Bowl XL in 2006. He was considered one of the best offensive linemen of his era and has been a Hall of Fame finalist the past three years.

The home is in Spring Hill Farm, a community of 18 homes developed by Artisan Builders on 25 acres of former farmland.

An arched entry door leads to a gracious foyer. The main level features hickory floors and 10-foot ceilings. An antique cast-iron mantel graces the fireplace in the formal living room. Wainscoting, crown molding and an arched entry add elegance to the formal dining room.

The house is well suited to entertaining. A butler’s pantry connects the dining room with the spacious kitchen. A coffered ceiling with reclaimed wood slats and hickory floors warm the white kitchen, which has marble countertops. An antique range hood adds visual interest. The kitchen has a large island with a sink, two dishwashers, a double oven and a six-burner range.


(Photo by HomeVisit The oak-paneled home office has large windows that fill the space with natural light.)

The kitchen opens to the rustic family room, where thick wood beams stretch across the ceiling. The wood was reclaimed from Spring Hill Farm. A massive stone fireplace anchors the room. A wall of windows overlooks the back yard.

Five bedrooms, including an expansive master suite, are on the second floor. Each of the bedrooms has an en suite bathroom.

The lower level has a large rec room with a stone fireplace, a 19th-century English oak bar, a 500-bottle wine closet, a media room, an exercise room and an additional bedroom.

Not long after moving into the home, Faneca turned the back yard into a retreat. The large flat grounds provide ample space for family activities and are secluded by mature evergreens.


(Photo HomeVisit Faneca spent about $1 million upgrading the back yard.)

The outdoor covered patio has a cooking area with granite countertops, grills, warming drawers, an ice-maker and a refrigerator. Multiple heat lamps in the coffered ceiling provide warmth for all-season entertaining.

The pool house has a bedroom and bathroom and an outdoor shower. A television set is mounted above the outdoor fireplace. The swimming pool is heated. The fire pit is an ideal place to roast marshmallows.

Speakers are placed throughout the back yard, pool area and pavilion. The garage holds three cars.

The seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom, 7,024-square-foot house on 0.88 acre is listed at $5.5 million. The homeowners association fee is $233 per month.

Listing: 8112 Spring Hill Farm Dr., McLean, Va.

Listing agent: Mark McFadden, Washington Fine Properties

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