Longtime Falls Church residents may remember Wide Awake Farm in the Sleepy Hollow area near Lake Barcroft, where horses grazed in the pastures. The original farmhouse rests today on a smaller but still pastoral lot.
High on a hill facing Sleepy Hollow Road, the home at 6206 Homespun Lane in Falls Church has been surveying the adjacent land since sometime around the Civil War.
The public tax record only goes back to 1900, but Realtors Joan and Frank Sellers have researched the property and found land records dating to 1844. No accurate date of when the home was constructed is available.
In the 1980s, Tipton Homes used the farmhouse as its sales center as it developed Homespun Lane and a community of new homes. The home has been renovated and expanded and sits on two-thirds of an acre of level land. On the market for $969,000, this farmhouse offers a blend of turn-of-the-century charm and contemporary updates.
The landscaped grounds include a charming front porch with columns, a circular front drive leading to an attached two-car garage with a red metal roof, a large Trex deck and a soccer-field-sized rear yard protected by a row of pine trees for privacy. The level yard easily could accommodate a swimming pool and a tennis court.
Guests can be welcomed on the front porch and led through the bright red front door, which is surrounded by sidelights and a transom, into a foyer with the original farmhouse stairs. An archway links the foyer to the formal living room, which has the original wood-burning fireplace and built-in cabinetry under the front windows.
Throughout the main and upper levels, this home has hardwood flooring, high ceilings, transoms and molding. The owners refinished the hardwood floors and, in the new sections, selected flooring to complement the original floors. Molding patterns are repeated in both original and new sections of the home. While the original windows were replaced with double-paned ones, the original transoms remain in place.
Adjacent to the living room, the formal dining room has one exposed-brick wall, two front-facing tall windows, two openings to the living room and pocket doors linked to the kitchen.
On the opposite side of the foyer is the library, which has original wood panels and an original wood-burning fireplace. The library has tall windows, built-in bookcases and an original gun rack that carries the scent of history and gun oil used by previous residents.
Adjacent to the library is a powder room accessible from the hall and the library. Two pantries also are nearby.
At the back of the house is a 29-foot-long great room affectionately nicknamed the Sleepy Hollow Room. This room, which has oversized windows on two sides, includes a fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases. One corner has a built-in hutch, and the room also has two walk-in closets and a pantry. The space lends itself to a casual gathering area, with a breakfast area adjacent to the kitchen. French doors link the great room with the deck.
The black-and-white kitchen includes an oversized black granite center island, an abundance of granite counters, multiple white cabinets, white appliances, ceramic tile flooring and a large double window above the sink. A spiral staircase tucked near the kitchen leads to the upper level.
Near the kitchen is a mudroom/laundry room with shelving and a door to the two-car garage, which has work counters and cabinetry.
Upstairs, the master-suite addition includes a spacious bedroom with a sitting alcove and two closets. The suite also has a 10-foot-long walk-in closet, a linen closet and a luxurious bath with a skylight, an oversized shower, a double-sink vanity and an oversized whirlpool tub set under a double window. The suite also has a door to a rooftop terrace that also is accessible from another bedroom.
The second bedroom has a cedar-lined closet and a private full bath. Three more bedrooms on this level share a hall bath with a shower.
The basement level has a multipurpose room for storage and hobbies with a hobby sink and a second laundry hookup. There are two additional storage rooms, and the original root cellar offers storage with exterior access.
In spite of this home's peaceful historic ambience, downtown Washington is just a 20-minute drive away. Sleepy Hollow Elementary School is within walking distance, and multiple shopping centers and restaurants also are nearby. Commuters can quickly reach Tysons Corner, McLean, Arlington, the Pentagon and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Address: 6206 Homespun Lane, Falls Church, VA 22044
Community: Sleepy Hollow Estates
Age: Circa 1900 (tax record goes back to 1900; property recorded in 1844, uncertain when home was built)
Size: Approximately 3,900 finished square feet on lot of .67 acres
Taxes: $7,943 in 2011
Homeowners association fee: None
Exterior features: Traditional Civil War-era farmhouse, front porch with columns, circular drive, attached two-car garage with metal roof, pine trees forming "living fence" in backyard, oversized Trex deck
Interior features: Five bedrooms; three full baths; one powder room; formal living room; formal dining room; library; great room; breakfast area; center-island kitchen; laundry room/mudroom; master suite with sitting alcove, rooftop terrace and luxury bath; second bedroom with private bath; three more bedrooms and hall bath; basement-level storage and hobby space
Amenities: Refinished hardwood floors, high ceilings, spiral staircase, glass doors, three fireplaces, zoned gas heat and central air conditioning
Close by: Walk to elementary school, 20 minutes to downtown Washington; near Lake Barcroft, shopping and restaurants.
Schools: Sleepy Hollow Elementary, Glasgow Middle School, Stuart High School
Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 23
Contact: Realtor Joan Sellers with Weichert Realtors at 703/862-5626