June 25, 2022

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McLean, Va., house with garden oasis lists for $3.5 million

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In 2011, when Leo Brooks initial went with his real estate agent to see this residence in McLean, Va., he did not go into the residence proper absent. As an alternative, he wandered to the again of the property, the place he was smitten.

“I walked as a result of their side gate, came into the yard,” he mentioned. “It was just wonderful. It was summertime, and [there were] all these gorgeous crops. They had this attractive pool and a non-public setting. Proper then, I instructed myself, ‘I don’t know what it is going to glance like on the inside, but it is going to be hard not to choose this, just based on how the gardens appear.’ ”

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McLean, Va., home | The 4-bed room, four-lavatory, 5,000-square-foot dwelling on just under an acre is outlined at $3.5 million. (Nathan Stewart/C. Gauthier Images)

The residence, which he calls a “cottage in the woods,” was built in 1963 but has been expanded around the years. The gabled roofs give it a storybook look.

Five decades after buying the residence, Leo and his spouse, Debbie, undertook a renovation of the residence and gardens. They hired McHale Landscape Design and style for the exterior and Akseizer Structure Team for the inside.

“What’s pleasant is when you have people today that are magnificent but you can also collaborate with,” Debbie claimed.

A great deal of the exterior renovation concerned uncovering and refreshing. Azaleas wrapped all over the swimming pool, concealing it. Large oaks and poplars ringed the property, obscuring a check out of the home.

“You couldn’t see the character of the home due to the fact there ended up so a lot of trees in front,” Leo stated.

Ten substantial trees had been taken off. The azaleas and other crops were being transplanted to other parts of the backyard garden. The English gardens were being laid out in a a lot more formal arrangement. Debbie reported only about 40 to 45 % of the crops are new.

The biggest challenge was “trying to marry the aged with the new,” Anthony Cusat, who is a senior landscape architect with McHale and led the renovation, told Home & Design and style magazine. McHale gained an award of distinction for the task in 2019 from the Landscape Contractors Association of Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.

With vegetation staggered to bloom at various occasions, the Brookses have an at any time-changing landscape as properly as a secluded oasis.

“It’s very personal,” Debbie stated. “Wherever we could see an adjacent rooftop, we included yet another tree.”

McHale also place a fireplace in a gazebo on the grounds, created a huge courtyard with a fountain on the facet of the residence, and established what Leo calls his “man cave” — an outside kitchen area with a grill, refrigerator, television and superior-leading seating.

Akseizer Style and design Team aided renovate the kitchen and the owner’s suite. The owner’s bedroom has a fireplace and a 15-foot vaulted ceiling with wood trusses. Glass double doors open up to a included deck with computerized screens. The rest room is completed in a type Debbie calls “British official.” It has a heated ground, double vainness, individual shower and soaking tub, a fire, and a television. Huge dressing locations have crafted-in shelving and cabinetry.

The 4-bed room, four-toilet, 5,000-square-foot home on just below an acre is stated at $3.5 million.

858 Canal Dr., McLean, Va.

  • Bedrooms/bogs: 4/4
  • Approximate sq.-footage: 5,000
  • Ton dimension: .92 acre
  • Features: The 1963 property has been expanded above the decades. The recent entrepreneurs renovated the exterior and interior, selecting McHale Landscape Style and Akseizer Design Group. The grounds contain English gardens, a courtyard, heated swimming pool and spa, an outside kitchen, and a gazebo with a fireplace. The two-degree household has 4 fireplaces. The a few-car or truck garage is attached.
  • Listing agent: W. Ted Gossett and Joe Kotula, Washington Great Qualities
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