While historic homes may have their appeal, newer homes have the advantage of being designed and built to meet the demands of today's homebuyers. The custom-designed home at 3906 Railroad Ave. in Fairfax City, built in 2006, includes such desirable features as walls of windows, high ceilings and low-maintenance, yet appealing, grounds.
On the market for $999,000, this home rests on a cul-de-sac lot of .27 acres in the heart of Fairfax. The property has been professionally landscaped with low stone walls and pillars surrounding stone steps, walkways and a stone front portico with columns.
The back of the home includes two linked flagstone patios, perfect for entertaining friends or relaxing in pleasant weather. Low stone walls along the edges of the patios provide extra seating during a party. Additional outdoor space is included with a main-level deck and an upper-level balcony.
Inside, the home has custom-designed features in nearly every room, including decorative molding, display niches and built-in shelves and cabinets. Hardwood flooring gleams throughout the main and upper levels. The open floor plan allows for easy entertaining, formally or informally.
The elegant front door provides a taste of the features to be found inside this home, with its oval etched-glass insert and sidelights. The foyer has black marble flooring and windows on two sides of the room.
The main level includes a formal living room with a floor-to-ceiling stone wood-burning fireplace and recessed lighting. The room has crown molding and a wall of floor-to-ceiling cabinets with interior lighting and decorative molding. The cabinets can be used to display art, photos, books or collectibles.
Nearby, the formal dining room includes a wall of windows, a ceiling fan and decorative molding on the ceiling. An arched entrance with columns leads into the dining room from the hall, and the entrance into the kitchen is flanked by two arched pass-through windows.
This architectural theme is repeated in the family room, which has arched floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides of the room. The family room has a gas fireplace surrounded by floor-to-ceiling brick.
Two steps flanked by columns lead up to the kitchen, which has a breakfast bar, recessed lighting, a ceiling fan, walls of windows, high ceilings and an adjacent breakfast room. The black-and-white kitchen features black granite counters, white walls, white cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
This home also has an office on the main level with a separate exterior entrance that easily accommodates someone who wants to work at home and see clients without bringing them into the owner's living space.
In addition to areas for entertaining, working and relaxing, this residence has five bedrooms and four full baths. The main level has a powder room, a guest bedroom or den, and one of the home's two master suites.
The first-floor master bedroom suite has a vaulted ceiling with recessed lighting, a separate sitting area with columns, crown and chair-rail molding, knee-height walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides of the room. The master suite includes a luxury bath with marble flooring, a glass-enclosed shower and granite counters.
Upstairs are a second master suite, two more bedrooms and three full baths.
The upper-level master suite has an adjacent private office with a bay-window alcove, a bedroom with crown and chair-rail molding, a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, a vaulted ceiling with a ceiling fan, and a luxury bath with marble flooring and a granite vanity counter. This bedroom also has a private balcony.
Each of the two additional bedrooms on the upper level has a private full bath with marble flooring and granite vanity counters. One bedroom has crown molding, a ceiling fan, windows on three sides of the room and a luxurious bath with a dramatic stone shower enclosed with a glass door, glass windows, columns and elaborately detailed crown moldings. The remaining bedroom features crown molding, a ceiling fan, tall windows and a mirrored double-door closet.
The lower level includes a finished recreation room with hardwood flooring and crown and chair-rail molding.
The home is near shops and restaurants in Fairfax City and is three miles from the Vienna/Fairfax/George Mason University Metro station for commuting.
Address: 3906 Railroad Ave., Fairfax, VA 22030
Community: Moore and Oliver
Age: Built in 2006
Size: Approximately 4,936 finished square feet on lot of 0.27 acres
Taxes: $7,787 in 2012
Homeowners association fee: None
Exterior features: Custom-designed Colonial-style home of stone and vinyl siding with extensive stone walls and professional landscaping in front and back, cul-de-sac location, two-car garage
Interior features: Five bedrooms, four full baths, one half bath, hardwood flooring throughout except for marble foyer and baths, formal living room, formal dining room, kitchen with breakfast room, library, family room, first-floor master suite, first-floor guest bedroom, three bedrooms and three baths on upper level, finished lower-level recreation room
Amenities: Home office with separate outside entrance on main level, two fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, security system, zoned heating and air conditioning, ceiling fans, gas heat and hot water
Close by: Near shops and restaurants, three miles to Vienna Metro station
Schools: Providence Elementary, Lanier Middle, Fairfax High
Open house: By appointment
Contact: Realtor Judi LaMorte of Long & Foster Real Estate at 703/961-7110 or visit www.judilamorte.com