Lovely Townhome in Great Falls along Potomac River 20 mins from Washington DC

Lovely Townhome in Great Falls along Potomac River 20 mins from Washington DC


Feb 2012

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms

About our home

My home is surrounded by wooded areas and the Great Falls National Park. It is filled with light from four skylights and large windows on three sides which bring the wooded views inside. A glassed two-story entryway provides an atrium-like foyer where green plants thrive. A hallway leads to the den with wood-burning fireplace(which can also serve as a bedroom if required); a large glass sliding door opens to the back patio(with table/chairs), garden, and woods beyond. Also on the first level is a half bath, laundry room with washer/dryer, closets and the garage. A stairway leads to the main floor containing living room, dining room, kitchen, half bath. A large sliding glass door in the kitchen opens to a wood deck with flowers, a comfortable table/chairs/umbrella, and barbecue. The deck is surrounded by woods - a great place for bird watching and enjoying the outdoors. A garden with trees and flowers surrounds the home. The master bedroom has a king size bed, double closets, cable TV, and 5 joining windows looking to the trees. The master bath features a skylight, his/hers double sink, large soaking tub, shower, commode(no bidet). The second bedroom has a queen size bed, closet, and separate full bath with tub/shower/commode. The third bedroom looks out towards the neighborhood, and has been converted to an office, but could serve as a bedroom if required. The second and third levels have newly installed hardwood floors throughout. The kitchen has top of the line electric appliances, granite counters and a granite-top island with three bar chairs. The home is cooled by central air and heated by a gas furnace, with grates in each room. I have owned the home for more than 17 years and have enjoyed its comfort and especially its proximity to nature.


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  1. My name is Helen. I am a single woman with two grown children, and I am retired from the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Service. I have spent my life traveling, and have lived on almost every continent, but still have an abiding interest in seeing many parts of the world. Until a few years ago, I continued to go on assignments abroad for the U.S. Government, the last being in Bratislava, Slovakia. My travels in recent years have taken me to Bulgaria, Turkey, Macedonia, Greece, Russia, and Canada. Most recently I have traveled to Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador, where my daughter, who is also in the Diplomatic Service, is currently posted. I have done several home exchanges - in France, New Zealand, Australia and Tasmania --all of which was very successful. I think it is a great way to see different parts of the world. I intend to have several of my close women friends join me on the house exchange.

    When I am not traveling, I spend a lot of time on landscaping and garden design in my community. Also I have five small grandchildren - I visit them frequently.

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Where is it?


Just 20 minutes from downtown Washington DC, my community, called Woodrock, is adjacent to the Great Falls National Park along the beautiful Potomac River and the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. It is one of the most picturesque areas close to the nation's capital and is sought after for its natural beauty, hiking/biking trails, kayaking and other outdoor activities. From my front door, the entrance to the National Park trails is just a five-minute walk. Or you can drive to the Park's Main Entrance a few minutes away and access the Great Falls, the C&O Canal, and the hiking/biking trails from the parking area. The nearest town for shopping/restaurants is Potomac Village, just 5 minutes away. We are a community of small/large townhomes, and large single family homes, secluded inside parkland. Washington DC is accessible along two beautiful drives on either side of the Potomac River. The Shenandoah Mountains and Skyline Drive are one hour to the West through rural historic Virginia and Maryland farmland/horse country. The Chesapeake Bay is one hour to the East where you can visit historic Annapolis, home of the Naval Academy and a large sailing community. Along the Chesapeake are miles of picturesque fishing villages famous for their seafood and blue crab dishes. Beyond Annapolis you can access the Eastern Shore(DelMarVa Peninsula of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia) - famous for their beaches and historic communities.

New York is a few hours away by fast train from Union Station in downtown Washington DC. Or, 15 minutes from my house is a very comfortable tour-type bus to New York for $35.00. There is a never-ending array of cultural activities in Washington DC -- from monuments to museums to stage performances to exhibits to nightlife and cinema. The National Mall contains many of the tourist sites -- The White House, the Capitol, and many of the famous monuments. The Smithsonian Museums alone would take weeks to cover. The old towns of Georgetown and Alexandria are popular as historic centers with quaint streets, boat tours and shopping areas. 14 miles away is the historic home of George Washington, high on the banks of the Potomac River - a picturesque place to visit in one day. Two hours south is Colonial Williamsburg along the James River, and two hours southwest is Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson. Many other interesting areas, too numerous to list, are within a short driving distance from my home. I am sure you will never lack for interesting things to do in this area.

Buzzy restaurants
In the village 5 minutes away - Normandie Inn, Old Anglers Inn, Hunters Tavern, an Italian restaurant, Pizza place, plus several other
Cool bars
Old Anglers Inn, Hunters Tavern, downtown Washington DC 20 minutes away.
Cozy cafés
Hunters Tavern
Retail therapy
Tyson's Corner Mall and Montgomery Mall are 15 minutes from my home.
Bit of culture
See above
Walks in the park
Great Falls National Park - see above
Spot of exercise
C&O Historic Canal along the Potomac River, 5 minutes from my home.
Day tripping
See above.

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