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

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In 2011, when Leo Brooks initial went with his authentic estate agent to see this residence in McLean, Va., he didn’t go into the dwelling correct away. Rather, he wandered to the again of the home, where by he was smitten.

“I walked through their side gate, came into the backyard,” he explained. “It was just incredible. It was summertime, and [there were] all these gorgeous crops. They experienced this attractive pool and a private location. Correct then, I advised myself, ‘I never know what it is heading to look like on the within, but it’s going to be tough not to get this, just based on how the gardens search.’ ”

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McLean, Va., household | The four-bed room, 4-rest room, 5,000-square-foot household on just under an acre is listed at $3.5 million. (Nathan Stewart/C. Gauthier Pictures)

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

Five a long time immediately after shopping for the house, Leo and his wife, Debbie, undertook a renovation of the household and gardens. They employed McHale Landscape Design for the exterior and Akseizer Layout Group for the inside.

“What’s good is when you have people that are outstanding but you can also collaborate with,” Debbie stated.

Significantly of the exterior renovation included uncovering and refreshing. Azaleas wrapped all over the swimming pool, concealing it. Substantial oaks and poplars ringed the residence, obscuring a check out of the dwelling.

“You could not see the character of the home mainly because there had been so lots of trees in entrance,” Leo stated.

Ten big trees have been eradicated. The azaleas and other plants ended up transplanted to other pieces of the backyard. The English gardens ended up laid out in a more official arrangement. Debbie mentioned only about 40 to 45 percent of the plants are new.

The biggest problem was “trying to marry the previous with the new,” Anthony Cusat, who is a senior landscape architect with McHale and led the renovation, instructed Household & Layout magazine. McHale acquired an award of distinction for the challenge in 2019 from the Landscape Contractors Association of Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.

With plants staggered to bloom at distinct moments, the Brookses have an at any time-altering landscape as very well as a secluded oasis.

“It’s extremely non-public,” Debbie claimed. “Wherever we could see an adjacent rooftop, we additional an additional tree.”

McHale also put a fire in a gazebo on the grounds, developed a huge courtyard with a fountain on the aspect of the home, and established what Leo phone calls his “man cave” — an out of doors kitchen area with a grill, fridge, tv and large-prime seating.

Akseizer Design Team assisted renovate the kitchen and the owner’s suite. The owner’s bed room has a fireplace and a 15-foot vaulted ceiling with wood trusses. Glass double doors open up to a lined deck with automated screens. The rest room is performed in a model Debbie phone calls “British official.” It has a heated flooring, double vanity, individual shower and soaking tub, a fire, and a tv. Huge dressing locations have developed-in shelving and cabinetry.

The four-bed room, four-rest room, 5,000-sq.-foot house on just beneath an acre is listed at $3.5 million.

858 Canal Dr., McLean, Va.

  • Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4/4
  • Approximate sq.-footage: 5,000
  • Whole lot dimensions: .92 acre
  • Capabilities: The 1963 dwelling has been expanded around the a long time. The present-day owners renovated the exterior and interior, selecting McHale Landscape Design and style and Akseizer Design and style Team. The grounds involve English gardens, a courtyard, heated swimming pool and spa, an outdoor kitchen, and a gazebo with a hearth. The two-level household has four fireplaces. The a few-auto garage is hooked up.
  • Listing agent: W. Ted Gossett and Joe Kotula, Washington Wonderful Properties