- The Washington Times - Friday, August 17, 2001

Sipping daiquiris by the swimming pool may sound like a run-of-the-mill (although fun) summer party, but move this scene to February and it becomes even more enticing.
The owners of the home at 10511 Indigo Lane in Fairfax love to entertain and bought their home primarily for its open main-level floor plan, which offers an easy flow during parties. Two-story rooms allow for tall windows to bring in plenty of light and frame lovely wooded views, and three sets of sliding-glass doors lead onto a huge tile terrace that can seat a crowd for dinner parties.
Nestled into the woods on a third-acre lot, this home is now on the market for $424,900.
When the owners bought the home, they were ambivalent about having an indoor swimming pool but have come to love the added joy of pool parties in winter, New Year's Eve swims, and the daily relaxation of the heated indoor water.
Besides entertaining as often as possible, the owners have spent time and energy maintaining and improving their home with a new roof, all new appliances, new paint, new carpet and professionally installed closet organizers to maximize the storage space in the abundant number of closets. The result is a 28-year-old home that looks nearly new.
Professional landscapers were hired to improve the exterior of the corner lot, which has a lovely lawn and garden beds that are complemented by mature trees on all sides. At the front of the home is a covered carport that also allows for weather protection for guests arriving at the front door.
Inside, a foyer offers a glimpse of the backyard terrace through the generously sized rooms. To the left of the foyer is the formal dining room, which has a modern glass chandelier and double shutter doors that lead to the kitchen.
At the back of the house is the two-story living room and adjacent music room that share a wall of windows looking out to the woods and the tiled terrace. A balcony on the second level overlooks the living room. The owners have enjoyed the privacy offered by the woods and never felt the need to cover their expanse of windows. The music room, partially open to the living room, could easily function as a study or library, as well.
Nearby is the family room, a cheerful two-story space with a fireplace in one corner and tall windows overlooking the terrace and woods. The family room is open to the breakfast area and kitchen, and all three spaces have hardwood flooring. Both the breakfast area and the kitchen also have two-story ceilings, and a screened porch off the breakfast area offers a peaceful place for dining or relaxing outside yet protected from the elements. The kitchen has all new appliances and European-design cabinets. There is plenty of space for food preparation and chatting with company at the same time.
To the front of the main level is the first-floor master suite, a large bedroom with a wall of closets and a compartmentalized full bath. The powder room portion of this bath functions as a guest bath, as well.
Upstairs are two generously sized bedrooms each with two or three closets and high ceilings. The second bedroom includes a built-in trundle bed that fits nicely into one corner, allowing for plenty of additional furniture as well. These rooms share a large, updated full bath.
The finished lower level has an oversized recreation room/exercise room with windows overlooking the L-shaped swimming pool and the woods beyond. A door leads to a private in-law or au pair suite, a large set of rooms with a bedroom including an oversized window looking at the woods, a walk-in closet with extra shelving, and a full bath. Currently, the owners use the bedroom as a home office.
This level also includes a huge unfinished storage room with shelving along the walls and plenty of space. Nearby is an oversized laundry room with a laundry sink, a washer, a dryer and a second refrigerator that will stay with the house. This room has plenty of space for a folding table and drying racks and storage areas.
The owners have clearly enjoyed sharing their home with family and friends while keeping it in exceptional condition. They highly recommend the neighborhood as a great place to raise a family, with excellent schools an enticement. Both owners enjoy the convenience of nearby shopping areas and a Virginia Railway Express station within five minutes' drive, making for an easy commute into downtown Washington.


Address: 10511 Indigo Lane, Fairfax, Va. 22032
Community: Bonnie Brae
Age: Built in 1973
Price: $424,900
Size: 4,722 finished square feet on site of .36 acre
Taxes: $3,288 in 2000
Exterior features: Wood, brick and siding contemporary-style home with professional landscaping, wooded lot, covered carport, corner lot on quiet cul-de-sac.
Interior features: Four bedrooms; three full baths; dramatic contemporary open floor plan with two-story living room, two-story family room, two-story open kitchen and breakfast area; formal dining room; first-floor master suite with private bath; music room off living room; lower level recreation room, full bedroom suite with walk-in closet, full bath and bedroom with wooded view; most closets professionally organized with built-ins.
Amenities: Indoor heated pool; screened porch off breakfast area; huge tiled deck accessible from three sets of sliding glass doors; wood-burning fireplace; two-zone heating and air conditioning; security and intercom system.
Close by: Five minutes to Virginia Railway Express station; several shopping centers; close to Fairfax City, Burke and Fair Oaks; commuting via Beltway and Route 66.
Schools: Bonnie Brae Elementary School; Robinson Middle School; Robinson High School
Open house: By appointment
Contact: Realtor Rosie Harsch with Long & Foster Realtors in Vienna at 703/242-4289

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