Glass Walls Bring the Outside In


SPECIAL FEATURES: Glass walls provide spectacular scenery.

LOCATION: Park Terrace Drive

PRICE: $1,300,000

TAXES: $11,008

CALL: Chris White, Long&Foster, 703-683-0400

STYLE: Contemporary wood and glass

BUILT: 1963

LOT SIZE: 1.13 acres




BATHS: 4.5


SCHOOLS: Belle View Elementary, Carl Sandburg Middle, West Potomac High

PARKING: Two-car garage plus long driveway


 People who live in glass houses should not, as they say, throw stones. But they may be enjoying spectacular scenery if towering trees like this one on Park Terrace Drive surround their home. In the winter, when the trees are bare, the same glass walls provide a Potomac River view.

 Those stones would not do much damage anyway. These walls are made of heavy-duty thermal pane glass, with wooden frames that were designed to support it.

 MAIN FLOOR: Following the famed contemporary concept of “bringing the outdoors inside,” the front exterior is formed of wooden planks in harmony with the surrounding towering trees. The rear exterior is even closer to the natural surroundings with a wall of glass continuing along the sides.

 This design provides sweeping views from the living, dining and family rooms plus the master bedroom. The three public areas also feature glass doors leading to the patio, while the master suite opens onto a private deck.

 Facing the entrance hall, the living and family rooms also feature floor-to-ceiling brick fireplaces on either side of the dividing wall.

 Fresh carpeting appears in the living room. The more informal family room features a wet bar and a heated slate floor that blend with the entrance hall, dining room, breakfast room and kitchen.

 The kitchen stands between the rear dining room and the front breakfast room. Thus, these rooms follow another contemporary principal: the open, flowing floor plan. The powder room and pantry are found beside the kitchen, which features its own impressive view from a window above the sink. The study is located next to the breakfast room.

 Across the entrance hall from the kitchen, three steps lead up to the private area. The master bedroom includes a sitting area or dressing room your pick beneath its dramatic beamed ceilings.

 All three bedrooms boast private baths and glass walls with balconies. The front bedroom enjoys an additional scenic view through the front wall of windows. All of the beams found throughout the house are made of heart-of-redwood.     

 LOWER LEVEL: From this side of the house, the stairway leads to the carpeted lower level. It boasts a recreation room where the glass wall includes a doorway to the driveway. Teak cabinets conceal a wet bar including a sink. This room also provides a full bath plus an entrance to the two-car, side-loading garage.

 In addition to this remarkable property, the adjoining 1.18 acre tract is available at $975,000.

 The schools are Belle View Elementary, Carl Sandburg Middle, West Potomac High.