- The Washington Times - Friday, August 8, 2008

One of the most sought-after home styles in Washington and its suburban communities is the center-hall Colonial, particularly if the home is brick. This timeless style appeals to families who appreciate the mix of formal and informal spaces and the ability to decorate in nearly any fashion.

A classic center-hall Colonial on a quiet Fairfax County cul-de-sac across the street from Inova Mount Vernon Hospital is on the market for $750,000. Located at 2752 St. Elliott Court, this home satisfies the desire for a Colonial-style home along with the light, airy atmosphere that appeals to 21st-century homeowners.

Built in 1992, this home belongs to its original owners, who say that most of the houses on this small cul-de-sac have stayed in the same family for more than a decade. While the generously proportioned rooms of these homes have certainly been part of the reason families have stayed, it may also be the location near a public library and schools and just a short drive to the Potomac River, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Alexandria’s Old Town.

The St. Ellicott Court home has been expanded, remodeled and refined over the years. Perhaps the most significant change is the addition of a hexagonal sunroom that has become the focal point for the owners and their friends. Hardwood flooring has been refinished on the first floor and extended into the family room, upper-level hall and the master suite.

This all-brick home has a gently sloping front lawn and a fully fenced backyard with space for a garden. Inside, guests can be welcomed in the two-story foyer, whose oversized picture window above the front door floods the space with natural light. Nine- and 10-foot ceilings on all three levels make each room seem even larger.

Flanking the foyer are the formal living room and formal dining room. The dining room has a chandelier, crown moldings, wainscoting and hardwood flooring. The living room also features hardwood flooring and crown moldings, along with three tall windows and French doors leading into the family room.

Across the back of the home, the family room opens to the breakfast area and kitchen. The family room has newly refinished hardwood flooring, a gas fireplace with a marble hearth and with built-in bookcases and cabinets on either side. A triple window faces the back yard.

The renovated kitchen’s updated appliances include a five-burner and two-oven gas stove, new lighting and Silestone countertops. A double sink is under a double window that faces the backyard. The breakfast area and kitchen also have refinished hardwood flooring and a built-in desk.

The sunroom, which extends off the family room, has ceramic tile flooring, a peaked ceiling with a skylight and ceiling fan, and windows on all exposed sides. This generously proportioned space can be used for entertaining, dining, reading and just enjoying pleasant views.

The main level also has a half-bath, a walk-in pantry and a laundry room with extra cabinets, a sink and a broom closet.

Upstairs, the master suite is an elegantly appointed room with a three-sided gas fireplace defining the bedroom and sitting area. A tray ceiling has a ceiling fan, while the sitting area includes a wet bar and tall windows that frame views of the backyard. The master suite has two walk-in closets.

In the master bath, a whirlpool tub is set under a window; the separate green marble shower - to match the flooring - has a glass door.

Both bedrooms on the upper level have either a walk-in closet or two standard closets. One of these rooms has pull-down stairs to attic storage. Between the two bedrooms is a full bath with a double-sink vanity.

An oversized recreation room on the finished lower level has Berber carpeting, and a gas pipe is in place for a future corner fireplace. This level also has two bedrooms, each with full-size windows for natural light. The rooms share a bath.

A wall of closets lines the lower-level foyer, and additional unfinished storage areas are nearby. This home has been updated with fiber optic Internet access, an intercom system and dual-zone heating and air conditioning.

With about 4,000 finished square feet and five bedrooms, this Colonial-style home can easily accommodate a large family or one that savors entertaining overnight guests in the Mount Vernon area.

DETAILS

Address: 2752 St. Elliott Court, Alexandria, VA 22306

Community: Holland Hollows in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County

Age: Built in 1992

Price: $750,000

Size: About 4,000 finished square feet on lot of 13,227 square feet

Taxes: $5,980 in 2007

Homeowners association fee: none

Exterior features: All-brick Colonial-style single-family home on cul-de-sac in quiet zone near Inova Mount Vernon Hospital; fenced backyard; two-car garage

Interior features: Three finished levels with five bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths; hardwood flooring on first floor, stairs, upper-level hall and master suite; two-story foyer with oversized picture window; formal living room with French doors into family room; formal dining room; open kitchen, breakfast area and family room; hexagonal sunroom with skylights and ceiling fan; first-floor laundry room; expansive master suite with three-sided fireplace, sitting area, green marble shower and flooring in bathroom; two upper-level bedrooms share a bath off the hall; finished lower level with two bedrooms, bath, recreation room and storage rooms.

Amenities: Two gas fireplaces, ceiling fans, moldings, intercom system, two-zone heating and air conditioning, fiber optics Internet, extensive storage space.

Close by: Hospital, near schools, library and shopping areas; short drive to Alexandria’s Old Town and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Schools: Hollin Meadows Elementary School, Sandburg Middle School, West Potomac High School

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday

Contact: Realtor Jacqueline O. Mixson with Re/Max 100 at 703/642-3380

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