- The Washington Times - Friday, October 19, 2001

Different people feel the tug of belonging somewhere at different times and places. For some people, the lure of the urban lifestyle makes their hearts beat faster. For others, however, the quiet of the countryside calls louder.

For those with the urge to create their own rural paradise, Weichert Realtor Erika Cotterman is listing an 8-acre property near the village of Aldie in Loudoun County.

Priced at $475,000, this peaceful land at 24681 Goshen Road offers a naturally beautiful setting for a family haven. Rolling meadows surround a gentle stream, and mature trees stand at the edges of the meadow. The silence of an early fall day is broken only by the rustling sounds of wildlife and birds, including some nearby wild turkeys.

A small vineyard has been developed on one side of the house, along with a circular garden bed. Plenty of space exists to build a stable and to keep horses or other livestock. Currently, a large shed is adjacent to the garage and provides space for outdoor equipment. The detached four-car garage, recently completed, includes two oversized areas with larger doors to accommodate boats as well as cars.

A large L-shaped deck, built around two sides of the house, provides a place to enjoy the rural views and sounds. One section of the deck is covered, allowing for shade and protection from rain while dining al fresco.

The two-level home includes the original dwelling built in 1860, which has a tin roof, along with additions from 1938 and 1945. The owners have updated many of the appliances and household systems, including two new bathrooms. Minor work remains to be done to create a more livable floor plan for a family or a couple with guests, but many elements of the home are charming.

A cozy floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with a stone hearth that fills one corner dominates the master bedroom, which occupies the original structure on the main level. Propane logs have been placed in this fireplace for easier use. A corner closet with the original wood door and 19th-century hardware complements original pine flooring, deeply set antique windows and a low beamed ceiling. The owners added a very modern private bath, which has a double-sink vanity, ceramic tile flooring, an oversized soaking tub with a picture window above, and an expansive separate shower with two shower heads and a seat.

Above the master suite in the original section of the home are two rooms with sloping pine floors. Currently used as guest bedrooms, these two rooms could function as office or children's play space as well once the flooring is made more secure. One of the rooms offers access to the attic storage space, and each has large windows overlooking the meadow. A full bath has recently been added adjacent to the stairs on the first level.

In the newer section of the home, the original front door leads directly into the great room, and the more frequently used door leads from the parking area and garage across the deck and into the kitchen. The 28-by-16-foot eat-in kitchen has refinished pine floors, a large center island and a wall full of extra-deep cabinets to hold kitchen items.

A stainless-steel Vulcan six-burner stove with a hood will satisfy the most discerning of chefs, and a new dishwasher has also been added to this sunny room. Beams cross the ceiling, with dropped-ceiling tiles in between the wood. A large stone-and-brick fireplace at one end of the room provides a cozy focal point for the room.

On the opposite side of this fireplace is a second stone-and-brick fireplace that provides the focal point for the great room. Newly refinished oak flooring adds a glow to this large family/living room space, which has windows on two sides and a handsome beamed ceiling with new drywall in between the beams. In two corners of this room, tree trunks have been placed to provide support for the beamed ceiling.

The final room on this level is a large corner library now used as a home office. This room includes two large closets and could be used as an additional bedroom if desired.

The owners have improved their property within the past few years with a well pump and tank, a septic system, an updated electric fuse box, air conditioning, a new hot-water heater, new roof shingles, and a geothermal heat pump that is four times more efficient than the standard heat pump.

What they cannot improve on is the serenity of the home's location, surrounded by meadows and the quiet of nature, far from crowds.


Address: 24681 Goshen Road, Aldie, Va. 20105

Community: Aldie

Age: Original house built in 1860, additions built in 1938 and 1945

Price: $475,000

Size: Lot is more than 8 acres

Taxes: $2,614 in 2001

Exterior features: Stone facade with vinyl siding, tin roof and asphalt shingle roof, storage shed, large deck.

Interior features: Three or four bedrooms, two full baths, three fireplaces, oversized center-island kitchen and breakfast area, great room with beamed ceiling, corner library with closet space, first-floor master bedroom in original section of home.

Amenities: 1,440-square-foot new four-car garage, scenic vistas, garden beds including small vineyard.

Close by: Four miles to South Riding, minutes to villages of Aldie and Middleburg, within 30 minutes of Washington Dulles International Airport

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Erika Cotterman with Weichert Realtors at 703/644-3124

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