- The Washington Times - Friday, November 8, 2002

When the owners of the home at 2819 Hunter Road in Fairfax offer their guests a house tour, they share 28 years of memories of seven renovation projects along with a history lesson.

Their home, on the market for $757,500, is the original farmhouse of Three Oaks farm, officially on record as being built in 1900. During one of their many renovation projects, the owners found newspapers that dated to 1848, used as part of the roofing in the original section of the home.

The three oaks that give the property its name tower over the property and have been dated at 400, 325 and 250 years old. In addition to the handsome oaks, Three Oaks' half-acre corner site includes a bountiful garden of dogwood and Leyland cypress trees, more than 80 rose bushes, lilacs, camellias and azaleas. The garden shed echoes the house and includes a cupola and two skylights. A wrought-iron arch leads into the main garden, and three decks offer places to relax and enjoy the fruits of the gardeners' labors.

In addition to gardening and renovating their home, the owners have a passion for wine collecting and tasting. They built a wine cellar with a cathedral ceiling, antiqued travertine stone flooring, recessed lighting and handsome redwood shelving and trim.

The cellar, completely temperature and humidity-controlled, holds more than 1,500 bottles of wine. The owners enjoy tastings with four to six guests, and even serve dinner in the tasting room on occasion. An additional wine cellar is in the basement.

During their many renovations, the owners reoriented the rooms away from the street and toward the garden, replaced all the windows and created an abundance of closet space. As new sections were added, the owners were careful to search for heart-of-pine random-width flooring so the entire home would have matching floors.

All the main-level trim has been painted an authentic Williamsburg blue.

Guests are welcomed in a charming foyer with a closet and a window seat overlooking the garden. The living room features the original fireplace with its blue-and-white Delft tile surround and a new glass front. Flanking the fireplace are built-in glass-front cupboards that have interior lighting. Nearby is the dining room, with a knee wall with columns and a picture window overlooking the front yard.

A few steps down is the family room addition, a cozy room with a brick fireplace with a wood mantel. Recessed lighting has been installed in this room and in most of the house. Adjacent to the family room is the library, which has a double window and walls of built-in bookcases and a built-in desk. The owners remodeled a nearby first-floor powder room into a full bath with a sunken tub, convenient for guests using the family room or library as their room.

The owners have remodeled their kitchen three times, each time expanding the space and upgrading their appliances. The kitchen and breakfast area share the light from oversized windows on two walls and three skylights, including two with remote openers, blinds and water sensors that automatically close the skylights in case of rain.

The appliances include a gas Viking cooktop with a warming oven below, a Miele dishwasher, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, double 27-inch wall ovens and an Amana microwave/convection oven. The kitchen includes both open and closed shelving, a built-in desk and a walk-in lighted pantry.

Near the kitchen are the wine cellar, stairs to the original root cellar, which is currently additional wine storage and a laundry/utility room, and a door to the four-car garage. The garage has been heated so the owners never have to enter a cold car in winter, and it includes additional storage.

Over the garage, the owners' most recent project is a private bedroom suite accessible up a broad wood staircase. A potential master suite or in-law or au-pair suite, this space includes a double-size bedroom with 900 square feet and a sloping ceiling and windows on three sides, including two dormer-style windows. Extra storage has been created under the eaves.

Next to the bedroom is a large walk-in closet with a window and a large bathroom that has roughed-in plumbing and needs drywall and fixtures to be completed.

Back in the main house, the upper level holds three bedrooms, two full baths and multiple closets.

The owners found ingenious places to add storage, even changing a former window in the master bedroom into a bookcase. One bedroom overlooks the front garden, while the second, built over the family room addition, has a fireplace with a raised-brick hearth, a walk-in closet, and a built-in vanity and dresser. The owners converted a tiny room into another walk-in closet, and a cupboard over the stairs functions as a shoe and accessory closet.

The four walk-in closets in the home have been customized by California Closets. A huge skylight was added over the staircase to add light to this level, and a completely renovated full bath serves the two front bedrooms.

The master suite includes a walk-in closet with pocket doors, and the bedroom has a sloping ceiling and a hexagonal window to match the one at the opposite end of the hall. The owners personalized their bath with an oversized glass-enclosed shower with Corian flooring to match the vanity top, and chose to place a washer and dryer underneath the bathroom vanity rather than add another sink.


Address: 2819 Hunter Road, Fairfax, VA 22031

Community: Three Oaks

Age: 102 years, with original house circa 1848

Price: $757,500

Size: About 5,000 square feet on lot of .41 acres

Taxes: $4,633 in 2002

Exterior features: Mid-19th-century renovated farmhouse of brick and siding, 250-year-old to 400-year-old oaks, landscaped gardens with roses, azaleas and dogwoods. Asphalt drive provides extra parking. Garden storage shed has skylights and cupola. House has attached four-car garage.

Interior features: Four bedrooms, three full baths, one half bath, random-width heart-of-pine flooring, foyer entrance with built-in window seat, double-size living room with fireplace and built-in cabinets, formal dining room with columns and knee wall, step-down family room with brick fireplace, library with built-in desk and shelving, extra-large kitchen and breakfast area. A new master suite is almost complete over garage with bedroom, walk-in closet and bath. Secondary bedroom has built-in vanity and dresser plus fireplace. Master suite has private bath, walk-in closet and sloping ceiling. Two sets of laundry equipment convey to new owners.

Amenities: Custom-designed wine cellar for more than 1,500 bottles and tasting room with cathedral ceiling. House has three fireplaces, three decks, five skylights, four heating zones and three cooling zones.

Close by: One mile to Vienna Metro Station and Interstate 66, easy access to Fairfax, Vienna, Tysons Corner and Reston.

Schools: Fairhill Elementary, Luther Jackson Middle, Falls Church High

Open house: Sunday, Nov. 10, from noon to 3 p.m.

Contact: Anne Ketcham Felder of Weichert Realtors at 703/893-2510

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