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Whether you are a prospective homebuyer, a real estate investor or a builder, the property at 5935 Tilbury Road west of Alexandria has something to offer. This unusual residence, in the Mount Hebron area of Fairfax County, offers an idyllic setting on a large wooded site within minutes of two Metro stations and the shops and restaurants in Kingstowne and Old Town Alexandria.
The contemporary-style home, custom built of stone, glass and wood, is reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s style. The owner’s father bought the land and built the home in 1950, so the property has always belonged to the same family. An adjoining property with 11 acres belongs to the owner’s uncles, who told Realtor Patrice Moore of Re/Max 100 that they would like to have their land developed into a park.
The Tilbury Road home, on the market for $850,000, rests on two lots that encompass nearly 11/2 acres when combined. The property is zoned R-3, which allows three residential units per 1 acre, so investors and builders may be interested in evaluating potential development of the site.
The Mount Hebron area, a quiet community of older custom-designed homes priced in the $900,000 range, rests between more recently developed communities. The neighborhood offers easy access to commuter routes, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Metro stations, and several parks.
The home’s grounds offer privacy, mature trees, lawns and landscaped gardens with a deck and stone walls, steps and terraces. A large swimming pool with a whirlpool tub, a diving board and stone decks provides a focal point for outdoor entertaining. The setting clearly was the inspiration for the home’s architect, who chose to emphasize natural materials and bring as much light as possible into the home through oversized picture windows.
The residence, set all on one level with a full, unfinished walk-out basement, offers plenty of space for expansion to buyers who prefer to keep the property undeveloped. The unfinished basement has a fireplace. The home has four bedrooms, two full baths and a powder room in approximately 2,502 finished square feet of living space.
A winding flagstone path leads to the front door, which opens into an expansive entryway with stone flooring. A dramatic stone chimney provides the focal point for this open-floor-plan home, which has three stone fireplaces. Overhead in every room are vaulted, wood-beamed ceilings, and many of the rooms have wood-paneled walls and hardwood flooring.
The entryway opens into the dining room, an 18-by-10-foot space with hardwood flooring, a chandelier and a picture window facing the woods.
Just beyond the dining room is the kitchen, which has tile flooring and a picture window above the sink. A stone wall, the back of the chimney, adds interest to the kitchen, which also has a tile counter and a tile backsplash. The kitchen has an adjacent breakfast area with windows wrapped around two sides.
A few steps down from the dining room is the living room, which has a wall of glass doors. The room seems to be wrapped in wood from the wood-beamed cathedral ceiling to the paneled walls to the hardwood flooring and the trees outside. This room has a stone fireplace.
Across the hall from the living room is a 14-by-16-foot den that has an oversized set of glass doors at one end framing views of the natural beauty of the property. Oversized floor-to-ceiling windows flank the walls on either side of the glass doors. The den has built-in bookcases, a ceiling fan and a stone fireplace.
Both the den and the breakfast area have access to a breezeway that links the front driveway with the back deck. At the front of the house, the breezeway has a picture window and a glass door, while at the back of the house, the breezeway has a sliding glass door that faces the expansive wood deck.
Just past the breezeway is the master bedroom, which has slate flooring, a private full bath and a wall of windows and glass doors that open onto a sunroom wrapped in more glass. The sunroom faces the swimming pool. The master bedroom has one wood-paneled wall.
At the opposite end of the house on the other side of the living areas is the other bedroom wing. This wing has hardwood flooring, wood-paneled walls and wood ceilings. The wing has three bedrooms, a full bath and a powder room accessible from one of the bedrooms. All three bedrooms have oversized windows framing views of the trees, lawn and garden beds that surround the home.
By Michael P. Orsi
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