- The Washington Times - Friday, November 3, 2000

Many Northern Virginians are well aware of the charms of Falls Church, a small city seven miles from the District with a reputation for excellent schools and a well-organized local government that provides residents with outstanding public services.
A home within walking distance of Falls Church's many amenities, including the library and the community center, and with the East Falls Church Metro stop not far away is worth searching out, but the home on the market at 311 N. Lee St. has even more to offer than its sublime location.
For aficionados of the Victorian style, this 5-year-old home offers the complete package of gingerbread trim, a front porch, a back porch and even a turret that adds charm inside and out.
Whimsical scalloped molding, a peaked and varied rooftop, windows of all sizes and shapes, and columns and railings along the porches all offer old-fashioned appeal. This home, priced at $599,900, rests on a quarter-acre lot that has been professionally landscaped and fenced, providing privacy for the swimming pool and hot tub. A driveway leads past the meticulously maintained front lawn to a detached two-car garage.
Stepping off the front porch and into the foyer, guests pass through a wooden front door with an oval center of etched glass. A carved hardwood staircase leads to the upper level, while the formal living room is open to the foyer. The room is defined by a step down from the foyer and by three decorative columns. The living room includes a sitting alcove that is the base of the turret. Hardwood flooring and custom-designed wood blinds are found in this and all other rooms on the main level.
Across the foyer is the formal dining room, which includes a box-bay window and crown and chair-rail moldings. Both the living room and dining room have been freshly painted in vibrant colors, the living room a bright blue and the dining room a burgundy shade.
An arched doorway connects the living room and family room, which is a step down from the adjacent breakfast room. The focal point for the family room is the fireplace, which has a marble surround. The room also includes built-in cabinets and bookshelves and recessed lighting.
A deep bay window and plenty of other windows surround the breakfast room, which has a ceiling fan and a glass door to the rear porch.
The breakfast room opens to both the family room and the kitchen, which has white cabinetry with a mix of glass and solid wood doors, a ceramic-tile back splash, recessed lighting, a pantry, a double-bowl porcelain sink, a side-by-side refrigerator, a Jenn-Air range, a wall oven and a built-in microwave.
The main level also includes a powder room with ceramic-tile flooring.
Upstairs, the master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with skylights, custom-designed wood blinds and two closets, both with custom-made closet organizers. The walk-in closet includes a cedar sweater cabinet. The adjacent master bath has ceramic-tile flooring, a whirlpool tub, a separate shower, recessed lighting, a double vanity and miniblinds.
Wall-to-wall carpeting has been installed in all upper-level rooms, while the hallway on the second level has hardwood flooring to match the staircase.
As appealing as the skylit master suite is the second bedroom, which has a sitting space under the turret's high ceiling and also has a walk-in closet with custom-designed closet organizers.
A private full bath off this room has a combination tub-shower and ceramic-tile flooring. The third and fourth bedrooms share a ceramic-tile hall bath, and all three secondary bedrooms have miniblinds.
The third bedroom has a walk-in closet, and the fourth has pull-down stairs to attic storage space.
In addition to a linen closet, this level has a hall closet with a stacked washer-dryer to supplement the side-by-side washer and dryer on the lower level.
A huge recreation room with an alcove at one end has been finished on the lower level with Berber carpeting and recessed lighting. To one side of the recreation room is a den or exercise room, also with Berber carpeting. An outside entrance to this level allows guests at the swimming pool access to a full ceramic-tile bathroom.
Nearby rooms include a storage room, several additional storage closets and a utility room with an extra-large washer and dryer, which will convey to the new owners.
Two-zone heating and air conditioning and a security system also have been installed.
Though entertaining during the colder months can be accomplished easily in the formal rooms upstairs or the casual recreation room, this home is ideally suited for summer parties. Both the front and rear porches run the width of the home, allowing for easy entertaining of a crowd in pleasant weather.
The heated swimming pool has a colorful tile border around the inside edge and includes a diving board and plenty of deck space for sunbathing. An automatic chlorine dispenser, filter and vacuum system make pool maintenance easier, and an underground sprinkler system helps maintain the lawn and gardens. A six-person hot tub has been placed inside a privacy fence adjacent to the swimming pool and near the wide rear porch.
When not entertaining, residents of this home will enjoy strolling the neighborhood's tree-lined streets, whether for pleasure or to complete errands in the city. The house is near the end of one of the area's quieter streets, creating privacy and a peaceful oasis in the midst of an active village.

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