- The Washington Times - Friday, January 15, 2010

Contemporary style homes are seldom-found treasures in the Washington area. And when visitors find one with a Potomac River view, they truly have discovered a jewel. Just picture the view afforded drivers along the George Washington Parkway near the Key Bridge, with the Potomac River and the Georgetown bluffs in the distance, then cast your eye up several hundred feet to imagine a bird’s-eye view of the scene.

The wood, glass and brick contemporary home at 2720 N. Fillmore St. in Arlington offers a view of woods in spring and summer, while the winter brings visions of an icy Potomac River and the bright blue of the Georgetown Reservoir in the distance. On the market for $1,199,900, this home was designed by a Hawaiian architect in 1967 and built by the owners, who have enjoyed their woodland aerie for more than four decades.

The owners purchased the lot while living in Hawaii and worked with an architect there from the site plan. The owners and the architect, influenced by Hawaiian styles and Frank Lloyd Wright, envisioned a light and airy home that would take full advantage of the site, which encompasses more than a half-acre at the end of a cul-de-sac.

The focal point for the home’s design is a dramatic octagonal living room wrapped in nearly a dozen floor-to-ceiling windows with transoms. Overhead, an arching wood-beamed ceiling visually links the wood-trimmed windows and woods outside. A wood deck wraps around the entire back of the home, partially covered by a roof overhang for summer shade.

While many visitors would maintain that spring and summer are the prettiest months during which to appreciate a home tucked privately into woods, in this case, the winter view is equally compelling. The ribbon of iced-over river far below provides dramatic contrast to the woods and the reservoir in the distance.

In the center of this spacious, 24-by-24-foot living room is a freestanding wood-burning fireplace placed on a brick hearth with a sleek, black contemporary-style chimney. Hardwood flooring completes the room.

Adjacent to the living room is a separate dining room with hardwood flooring and an exposed-beam ceiling to match the living room. Windows on two sides of this room bring in more wooded views.

At the front of the home, the owners expanded their living space with the addition of a sunroom that complements the living room’s style. Floor-to-ceiling windows fill three walls, while a beamed ceiling, a ceiling fan and hardwood flooring complete the room. The original exterior wall of the home adds brick accents to one wall, which has both a doorway and a pass-through into the kitchen.

The open kitchen has a sloping exposed-beam wood ceiling punctuated by two skylights. The kitchen has two pantries and has been improved with a center island, butcher block, stainless steel and Corian counters, and updated appliances. A door leads from the kitchen to the deck.

To take full advantage of this site and its dramatic views, the main living level of the home is on the upper level. The owners opted to place the master suite on this level.

A wood door leads from the landing near the living area into the private master suite, which features an exposed-beam ceiling, hardwood flooring, windows on three sides and a door to the deck. The suite includes a private full bath with a linen closet and two double-door closets.

An open, curving wood staircase links the upper level with the above-ground lower level. The focal point for this level is the central family room, which has windows overlooking the backyard, an entertainment nook with space for a large-screen television, built-in bookshelves and two closets.

The second bedroom, expanded as a result of the sunroom addition above, includes a sitting area as well as a bedroom area. The room has a private exterior entrance as well as an interior entrance, along with extensive windows. Future residents may want to use this space as a home office or an au pair suite.

A full bath in the hall is shared with the third bedroom, which has windows on two sides and a double-door closet.

On the opposite side of the family room are a fourth bedroom with windows on two sides and a double-door closet. Nearby are a third full bath and a laundry room/mudroom with an exterior door.

Another curved set of wood stairs leads to the basement level, which is mostly aboveground. This level includes a workshop with a wall of windows and a door to the backyard. Future residents can use this space as an office, an exercise or hobby room, or finish it as additional living space. Nearby are a wine cellar and a utility room with additional storage space.

The property includes a covered storage area and a two-car carport, along with driveway parking for additional cars.

One amenity that comes with the property in addition to its woodland setting will be appreciated by most Washington-area residents: The home is a 5- to 10-minute drive from Georgetown and the Kennedy Center. Whether commuting to downtown Washington for work or pleasure, residents will be surprised that their woodland paradise can be so close to urban life.

DETAILS:

Address: 2720 N. Fillmore St., Arlington, VA 22207

Community: Balmoral Riverwood

Age: Built in 1967

Price: $1,199,900

Size: Approximately 3,290 finished square feet on lot of 0.58 acres

Taxes: $9,623 in 2009

Homeowners association fee: N/A

Exterior features: Contemporary-style single-family home of brick and wood sited on a half-acre above the Potomac River; located at end of cul-de-sac, paved drive leads to two-car carport with additional parking space.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; three full baths; wood flooring; curving wood staircase; dramatic octagonal living room with walls of windows, wood-burning fireplace and exposed-beam ceiling; sunroom with three walls of windows and beamed ceiling; center-island kitchen with skylights and wood ceiling; separate dining room with wall of windows; main-level master suite with bedroom, two closets and private full bath; family room with windows overlooking backyard; three large secondary bedrooms, each with a double-door closet; two full baths on bedroom level; laundry room/mudroom with exterior door; basement level with woodworking shop, wine cellar and utility room.

Amenities: Wooded and river view in season, deck wraps around back of house, zoned heating and air conditioning, new roof in 2004, covered storage area.

Close by: Minutes to the District and Georgetown via Key Bridge, North Arlington location near shops and restaurants.

Schools: Taylor Elementary School, Swanson Middle School, Washington-Lee High School

Open house: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 17

Contact: Associate Broker Rob Ferguson Jr. at 703/824-4192

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