- The Washington Times - Friday, July 26, 2002

Homes with the look of a lighthouse and a nautical theme are common near the Chesapeake Bay or beach resorts but less expected in Fairfax Station, where waterfront homes are few and far between.

The residence at 10301 Hampton Road in Fairfax Station, now on the market for $900,000, is a rare find.

Facing Sandy Run, where it runs into a reservoir, this home is the only waterfront home on this part of the water, allowing an unobstructed view of the shoreline and its magnificent trees. Turtles and fish abound in the water, and other wildlife is constantly in evidence.

The home, designed, built and expanded since 1976, blends naturally into the landscape with its wood, brick and siding almost disappearing into the trees. Oriented to the water, the home includes multiple decks, two sunrooms, two patios, a large gazebo and a floating dock that can handle six boats.

Originally designed as a second home by the owners, who worked closely with an architect to achieve the design they wanted, this home has three levels of living space in five separate areas. Building on the property began in 1976, so the owners placed a Bicentennial brick into the home.

In 1978, the owners came to appreciate the serenity of living on the water and decided to expand the house for full-time living. Watching crew teams practice on the water, feeding the birds and fishing are all pursuits enjoyed by the family. The outdoor space allows the owners to entertain large groups with ease, and one friend brought them a Tandoori oven from India, which is now encased in a brick-and-stone buffet used for cooking and serving guests.

The entrance to the home lies across a small deck bridge with rope handrails tied to logs to introduce the nautical theme. The central portion of the home resembles a round, low lighthouse, with additional living space added to either side. The carved wooden front door opens onto an open music room with a curved wall of windows overlooking Sandy Run.

An open wood staircase leads directly upstairs into a huge circular space divided into two rooms by a lattice wall with arched openings. Overlooking the water is a large living room with a massive skylight overhead. Blinds have been placed on this skylight as well as the many others in the home to allow for filtered light in summer and full-strength light in winter. Two sliding glass doors lead out to the long deck that runs the length of the home on this level. Along one wall of the room is an unusual indoor beach of sand-colored stones, sand and a collection of upright logs that look as if they are waiting for someone to tie up a boat.

The other half of this circular space is used for a formal dining room, with a massive square skylight overhead, a view of trees out the front window and water through the lattice and living room windows. The original brick wall of the exterior of the house is visible on one wall, and a window opens between the kitchen and dining room. A sliding glass door links the dining room with the adjacent family room and kitchen.

A wood-beamed cathedral ceiling soars above the family room, which has a free-standing fireplace, three ceiling fans and four sets of sliding glass doors. Two open onto the deck, one onto the dining room and one onto the sunroom, a cozy room on the side of the house with water views.

The family room is open to the small but functional kitchen, which has a floor-to-ceiling window, a pantry and a powder room for guests. A second staircase leads from the family room to the main level. The owners enjoy this room most in winter and use this fireplace, of the three in the home, the most.

The main level, separated into two wings by the music room, includes multiple closets along the halls, including a walk-in closet. Two bedrooms under the family room share a full bath off the hall, and both enjoy a water view. The second bedroom has a wooden door that opens onto a private sunroom matching the one above, along with access to the middle-level deck and stairs to the back of the property.

Across the music room is the private master suite, a large room designed to echo the style of the family room on the upper level. The large bedroom has windows to the front of the home, two sets of sliding glass doors to a private deck overlooking Sandy Run and a large skylight set into the top of the wood-beamed cathedral ceiling. A large stone fireplace with a hearth dominates one wall. The master bedroom has four double-door closets, along with a walk-in closet, and a private bath with whirlpool jets in the tub.

One of the two separate lower levels can function as a private guest suite. The front room, with a sliding glass door to a private patio, includes a wood stove and has an adjacent full bath and walk-in closet. This room can serve as a sitting room or family room if not needed as a bedroom.

Next to this space is a large home office with walls of built-in bookcases and room for several desks and cabinets. Beyond the office are additional storage closets and bookcases and a darkroom.

The second lower-level space functions as a comfortable recreation room, with perhaps the best view of Sandy Run through its sliding glass doors, which lead to a patio with two porch swings attached to the deck above. A full bath, a stacked washer-dryer and more storage are all near the recreation room.

Outdoor living space extends beyond the decks, patios and sunrooms attached to the house to include a large deck past the patio. Recently, the owners installed a massive gazebo that can accommodate several guests in seats and lounge chairs under the tentlike structure. Screens on all sides can be closed to bugs in the evening, and the space can be enjoyed during a rainstorm, as well.

A ramp leads from the gazebo deck down to the floating dock, where the owners keep a pontoon boat, paddle boats and canoes. The floating dock has space for several boats to tie up.


Address: 10301 Hampton Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039-2717

Community: Sandy Run

Age: Built in 1976

Price: $900,000

Size: Almost 5,000 finished square feet on 1.94 acre lot

Taxes: $5,171

Exterior features: Contemporary-style home of wood, brick and siding; circular driveway with parking spaces; wooded lot with expansive waterfront property; surrounded by 4,000 acres of parkland.

Interior features: Four bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, entrance-level music room with water view. Master bedroom suite includes fireplace, private deck, large skylight and private bath. Two additional bedrooms share hall bath. Upper-level circular room with two oversized skylights, divided by arched latticework into living room and dining room. Family room has a free-standing fireplace and skylight, open to kitchen with sliding glass doors on three sides, including access to sunroom. Two separate lower levels, one a recreation room with access to the patio, the other a bedroom with a wood stove, a full bath and a home office.

Amenities: Four decks, two sunrooms, two patios, new gazebo, built-in Tandoori oven with brick and stone surround, boat ramp to docking for several boats, intercom system, darkroom, extensive storage rooms.

Close by: Fountainhead Regional Park, historic Occoquan, historic Clifton, and minutes from Route 123 for commuting.

Schools: Silverbrook Elementary, Hayfield Middle and Hayfield High

Open house: Sunday, July 28, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Michelle Morse of Weichert Realtors at 703/569-9700

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