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Belle Demeure – A Beautiful Dwelling in McLean, VA

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Luxury Home Magazine of Washington D.C. | Maryland | Northern Virginia and surrounding areas features Belle Demeure on the front cover of their most recent issue. Inspired by a visit to Paris and France’s Chateau de Chambord, this newly built 14,000+ sq. ft. custom estate is nestled on two plus acres surrounded by National Forest yet only two stop lights from Washington DC and a 20-minute walk to the Potomac River. Distinctive af.2 - Copyarchitecture, classical detailing, and fine finishes define this extraordinary property featuring a gourmet outdoor kitchen and all glass wine grotto with tasting area. Situated in one of McLean’s premier neighborhoods it offers a total of five bedrooms, seven full and four half baths, nine fireplaces, garages to accommodate five cars, state-of-the art home automation and entertainment systems, and the opportunity to live in your own private oasis. It’s distinctive French Chateau architecture, classical detailing, and fine finishes make it “Belle Demeure” – a Beautiful Dwelling.

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Michael Anastasia & Debbie Shapiro

TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

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This home has been featured on the front cover of LHM Washington D.C. | Maryland | Northern Virginia Issue 8.5

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September 24, 2014 Posted by | Luxury Home Magazine, Luxury Homes, Luxury Real Estate, Maryland Luxury Homes, McLean Luxury Homes, Virginia Luxury Homes, Washington DC Luxury Homes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Magnificent Estate Minutes From DC, Alexandria VA

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Luxury Home Magazine of Washington D.C. and surrounding areas presents this breathtaking Alexandria estate. Imagine 10,000 square feet just minutes from the District. The estate at Strathblane Pa.4lace provides just that. The magnificent two story foyer is breathtaking with a double staircase and brilliant chandelier. Grandeur and comfort are perfectly combined throughout with an in home theatre, full bar, outdoor spa, perfect open floorplan, and heavenly master suite.

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Sue Goodhart of McEnearney Associates, Inc.

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LuxuryHomeMagazine.com  and LuxuryHomeMagazineBlog.com are a division of Sunshine Publications, Inc. Luxury Home Magazine is a market specific publication featuring Luxury Homes and Luxury Real Estate showcased in a “coffee table magazine” format represented throughout the United States and distributed through the platforms In Print, Direct Mailed and Online Interactive Digital Media. For advertising information in Washington D.C. | Maryland | Northern Virginia Luxury Home Magazine contact:  Gens Linton.

March 29, 2013 Posted by | Luxury Home Magazine, Luxury Homes, Luxury Real Estate, Maryland Luxury Homes, McLean Luxury Homes, Virginia Luxury Homes, Washington DC Luxury Homes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breathtaking Estate Filled With World-Class Luxury, McLean VA

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Luxury Home Magazine of Washington D.C. and surrounding areas spotlights an estate in one of Virginia’s most luxurious neighborhoods! Welcome to The Reserve…front and rear neighborhood entries allow access to the Beltway, GW Parkway, Washington, DC. and the new Tyson’s Silver Metro Line in just minutes. This home has over 10,700 sq.ft. and is filled with world-class luxury, breathtaking in every way. The foyer rises with a curved staircase leading to the upper promenade and mezzanine lounge. Spacious formal rooms, Octagonal great room is surrounded by windows, the Conservatory showcases a towering a.1.1Palladian window wall, and an author’s dream library. The Chef ’s Kitchen opens to the Sunroom and leads to the expansive rear deck for outdoor dining and entertaining. The exquisite Master Suite is complete with private sitting room, a private balcony, ultra bathroom and four bedroom-sized walk-in closets. The lower Club Level features a theater, exercise room, game area, guest bedroom, and a custom hobby room. The service wing houses a friend and family foyer, walk-in pantry, butler’s station, a third staircase rising to a custom studio wing and two, two-car garages.

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Lilian Jorgenson of Long & Foster Real Estate

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LuxuryHomeMagazine.com  and LuxuryHomeMagazineBlog.com are a division of Sunshine Publications, Inc. Luxury Home Magazine is a market specific publication featuring Luxury Homes and Luxury Real Estate showcased in a “coffee table magazine” format represented throughout the United States and distributed through the platforms In Print, Direct Mailed and Online Interactive Digital Media. For advertising information in Washington D.C. | Maryland | Northern Virginia Luxury Home Magazine contact:  Gens Linton.

January 2, 2013 Posted by | Luxury Home Magazine, Luxury Homes, Luxury Real Estate, Maryland Luxury Homes, McLean Luxury Homes, Virginia Luxury Homes, Washington DC Luxury Homes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Elegance At Its Best, Ellicott City MD

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Luxury Home Magazine of Washington D.C. and surrounding areas showcases this elegant estate in The Preserve boasting 7 bedrooms, 10 full and 2 half baths, 5 fireplaces, formal living and dining rooms, parlor, pub, and 3 kitchens with stainless steel appliances and copper sinks. Exquisite trim and lighting features. Other amenities include an elevator, sauna, steam room, indoor pool with travertine tile, theater room, game room, cabana, wine tasting room, outdoor pool with cabana and brick patio, and garages that will easily accommodate 10 cars.

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Bob Lucido of RE/MAX Advantage Realty

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LuxuryHomeMagazine.com  and LuxuryHomeMagazineBlog.com are a division of Sunshine Publications, Inc. Luxury Home Magazine is a market specific publication featuring Luxury Homes and Luxury Real Estate showcased in a “coffee table magazine” format represented throughout the United States and distributed through the platforms In Print, Direct Mailed and Online Interactive Digital Media. For advertising information in Washington D.C. | Maryland | Northern Virginia Luxury Home Magazine contact:  Gens Linton.

November 28, 2012 Posted by | Luxury Home Magazine, Luxury Homes, Luxury Real Estate, Maryland Luxury Homes, McLean Luxury Homes, Virginia Luxury Homes, Washington DC Luxury Homes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exquisite Custom Home In The Reserve, McLean VA

Luxury Home Magazine of Washington D.C. and surrounding areas introduce this one of a kind custom estate located in The Reserve.  The breathtaking grand foyer with travertine & granite floors has a sweeping staircase leading to the upper level sitting area overlooking a two-story living room/study. It is designed for entertaining and convenient for any lifestyle featuring a fully stocked catering kitchen, large cobblestone patio with towering stone fireplace, custom bar, billiards area, exercise room, sauna, spa room, craft room and an in-door basketball court.

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The Yerks Team of Sotheby’s International Realty

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LuxuryHomeMagazine.com  and LuxuryHomeMagazineBlog.com are a division of Sunshine Publications, Inc. Luxury Home Magazine is a market specific publication featuring Luxury Homes and Luxury Real Estate showcased in a “coffee table magazine” format represented throughout the United States and distributed through the platforms In Print, Direct Mailed and Online Interactive Digital Media. For advertising information in Washington D.C. | Maryland | Northern Virginia Luxury Home Magazine contact:  Gens Linton.

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April 7, 2011 Posted by | Luxury Homes, Luxury Real Estate, Maryland Luxury Homes, McLean Luxury Homes, Virginia Luxury Homes, Washington DC Luxury Homes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

10 mistakes people make with heat

Even with a constant flow of information about energy efficiency, homeowners make major heating mistakes that end in higher electric bills and larger environmental footprints.

Here are 10 of those errors, with the cause and effect of each decision.

1. Maintaining a constant temperature

Cause: A persistent myth suggests that you can save energy by leaving the house at a comfortable 68 degrees (a widely recommended winter setting), even when you are sleeping or away at work.

The idea is that it takes more energy for the furnace to reach a comfortable temperature than to maintain that temperature.

Effect: You could miss out on significant potential energy savings by not using a programmable thermostat and adjusting the temperature overnight and during the workday.

Though the impacts of adjusting the thermostat vary based on your climate and other factors, studies show that knocking the temperature down by 10 degrees for eight hours per day can cut heating bills by 5 to 15 percent.

Sure, the furnace will cycle on for a longer period to return to the more comfortable temperature, but it will be far outweighed by hours of savings when it didn’t have to work as hard.

2. Cranking up the temperature to warm up the house

Cause: You come home in the middle of the day to a cold house. You want to warm back up to 68 ASAP, so you crank the dial up to 78 to get the furnace working harder and faster.

Effect: No time is saved in reheating the house. Most furnaces pump out heat at the same rate no matter the temperature. They just cycle on for a longer period to reach a higher temperature.

The furnace will take the same amount of time to return to 68 degrees regardless of the thermostat setting. By cranking up the thermostat, you are likely to overheat the house past 68 degrees and waste energy. Just reset the thermostat to 68, make some hot chocolate, and wait.

3. Closing off vents in unused rooms

Cause: You don’t want to waste energy heating rooms you aren’t using.

Effect: Again, this just wastes energy and makes your furnace run inefficiently because it changes the air pressure in the whole system.

Experts recommend never shutting off more than 10 percent of vents. Sealing your ducts is a more efficient way to save energy.

4. Using the fireplace

Cause: You found some free firewood on Craigslist and think you can burn up some free heating energy while enjoying a romantic fire.

Effect: While we can’t make any promises about increased romance, we can predict increased energy bills. An open fireplace flue may suck more cold air into the house than the fire can radiate into the living space.

5. Using electric room heaters

Cause: You spend most of your time in a couple of rooms, so you figure you will just heat them with space heaters.

Effect: This could lead to higher energy bills and greater fire risks. Generally, a central gas heating system is cheaper and more efficient than a set of electric room heaters. Electric heaters also can be a fire hazard.

There are exceptions. A single energy-efficient space heater in a small, well-insulated room can save energy if the central heater is switched off.

6. Switching to electric heating

Cause: Electric heaters are more efficient than fuel-based systems, so they must be cheaper and better for the environment, according to this popular idea.

Effect: In most areas, simply switching to electric heat leads to higher energy bills and a bigger carbon footprint. Your heater may be more efficient, but most U.S. homes are still linked to coal-fired power plants. These coal plants and their transmission systems are extremely inefficient.

Of course, it’s a different story if you have a large photovoltaic solar array or your utility company uses renewable energy.

7. Replacing the windows

Cause: Those big pieces of glass get so darn cold. They must be the reason your house is so drafty.

Effect: You could spend a lot of money to only take care of part of the problem. Windows must be installed properly to avoid drafts, gaps, and leaks.

Moreover, more heat is typically lost through poorly insulated walls and ceilings than through windows.

8. Replacing the furnace first

Cause: You blame high energy bills on an old, inefficient furnace.

Effect: Your energy bills will still be higher than necessary if you don’t start with cheaper, smaller upgrades to improve the energy efficiency of your home, such as caulking around windows and doors and adding insulation.

9. Upgrading to the most efficient furnace on the market

Cause: You want the sleekest, most energy-efficient furnace available because it will be the most cost effective as well.

Effect: You may end up replacing an over-sized furnace with another (albeit more efficient) over-sized furnace. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that most U.S. homes have over-sized HVAC systems.

Again, insulate and weatherize to maximize efficiency, then get the smallest system that will comfortably meet your heating needs, which will be substantially reduced. Also make sure it is professionally installed.

10. Using incandescent light bulbs for heating

Cause: Incandescent bulbs give off more heat than light, so they must be warming up the house.

Effect: It is hard to see this logic as anything but a weak excuse for holding on to the Edison bulbs rather than switching to CFL and LED lighting.

In fact, one German entrepreneur is marketing incandescent bulbs as “heat balls” to skirt EU laws against the old-style bulbs. However, I doubt he is keeping cozy this winter simply by sleeping with the lights on.

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Simply Fabulous Estate On Nearly 2 Acres, McLean VA

Luxury Home Magazine of Washington D.C. features an estate perfectly poised in a small enclave of luxury homes with large lots, open space, luxury features and privacy. There is extraordinary attention to detail in this magnificent all brick executive estate situated on nearly 2 acres with private circular drive and lush landscape. Every room was uniquely designed to offer the finest in comfort, spaciousness and elegance. The family room is the centerpiece of the home offering dramatic two story ceilings, fireplace and wall of windows overlooking the private grounds. The chef ’s dream kitchen is embellished with beautiful wood cabinetry, professional grade appliances, a huge island, granite countertops and access to the large deck. The formal dining room with butler’s pantry provides the perfect setting for luxury dining or large scale entertaining. The study boasts gorgeous cherry wood paneling, built-in cabinets and exceptional views. The master suite has a sitting area, enormous closets and a grand bath. The walk-out lower level is an entertainer’s delight with high ceilings, over-sized windows, large game room, fully equipped media room, wine cellar, exercise room and a spacious guest suite with private entrance. Enjoy a perfect blend of luxury, privacy and proximity!

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Laura Maschler-Weichert Realtors

LuxuryHomeMagazine.com is a division of Sunshine Publications, Inc. Luxury Home Magazine is a market specific publication featuring Luxury Homes and Luxury Real Estate showcased in a “Coffee Table Magazine format represented throughout the United States and distributed through the platform In Print, Direct Mailed and Online Digital Media. For advertising information in the Washington D.C. | Maryland | Northern Virginia Luxury Home Magazine contact Gens Linton.

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September 17, 2010 Posted by | Luxury Homes, Luxury Real Estate, McLean Luxury Homes, Virginia Luxury Homes, Washington DC Luxury Homes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Upscale Mansion Nestled on Brook Road, McLean VA

Luxury Home Magazine Washington D.C. showcases an estate on one of the area’s most beautiful streets. Brook Road is lined with custom upscale homes nestled within dogwoods and azaleas. One of George Sagatov’s finest triumphs is a mansion beyond words. Majestic and impressive, its size and shape are reminiscent of a city hall with its double wings and Federal Style. The foyer graciously earns the name “lobby”. The Ambassador’s Room is accented with two huge formal staircases dressed in a heavy balustrade. A curved dome marked with two chandeliers out shadows the Palladian window wall overlooking the terraces and pool. The living room awaits your baby grand, the library is lined in polished woods, the formal dining room connects with a functional butler’s serving station. The kitchen is a gourmet’s dream and opens to an informal dining room lined with columns plus a family room wrapped in windows. There are six incredible suites, all deserving the name “master”; the largest of which offers luxury beyond belief. The lower level has a rec room with media center, bar lounge, play area and an outdoor screened living room with fireplace. The features list goes on forever through-out this home. This is your chance to own a masterpiece. Congratulations, your search is over!

To view this home in Luxury Home Magazine | Lilian Jorgenson-Long & Foster Realtors

LuxuryHomeMagazine.com is a division of Sunshine Publications, Inc. Luxury Home Magazine is a market specific publication featuring Luxury Homes and Luxury Real Estate showcased in a “Coffee Table Magazine format represented throughout the United States and distributed through the platform In Print, Direct Mailed and Online Digital Media. For advertising information in the Washington D.C. | Maryland | Northern Virginia Luxury Home Magazine contact Gens Linton.

July 15, 2010 Posted by | McLean Luxury Homes, Virginia Luxury Homes, Washington DC Luxury Homes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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