- The Washington Times - Friday, September 6, 2002

If you would like your nearest neighbors to be foxes and deer and your only views to be of trees in every season bordered by an impeccably landscaped garden, the home at 11122 Henderson Road in Fairfax Station, on the market for $849,000, may be your dream home.

For privacy, the house has been sited about 400 feet from the road, so it rests in its own private glade, yet the multitude of windows, atrium doors and skylights keep the home's interior bathed in light on sunny days.

While the original Colonial-style home, built in 1986, already was generously sized, the owners have expanded and upgraded the home during the past five years to more than 5,000 square feet. To enjoy the homesite of more than 3 acres, the owners placed a 40-foot-long brick porch across the front of the home.

In the back, a lighted fishpond was placed next to a brick walkway. Nearby is a three-level set of decks, one for relaxing and entertaining, the second with a hot tub and the third decorated with a charming gazebo for shade. Brick walkways link the many glass doors of the home to the various decks, and the views are lovely all year.

Besides expanding areas for enjoying the outdoors, the owners enlarged their home from the front and back. The traditional living room and dining room across the front of the home were nearly doubled in size, and the living room features an oversized marble fireplace as its focal point. The banquet-size dining room includes a brass chandelier, a swinging door into the kitchen and a woodland view.

The main and second levels feature hardwood flooring, and the entire home has recessed lighting. Extensive moldings and wainscoting add elegance to the hall and main-level rooms, as well as to the exterior of the home.

An unusual feature is the sense of space and comfort given by the wide hallways and open spaces connecting one room to the next. One especially practical space, the mudroom linking the garage to the home, includes easily washed carpet, windows, and a wall of hooks and bins for storing sports equipment, backpacks and extra shoes.

One of the most cherished rooms in the home is the library or home office, which includes three sets of French doors linking the space to the living room, hall and family room. Built-in bookshelves and cabinets add warmth to the room.

Across the hall from the library is the large kitchen, which has ceramic tile counters, a large pantry, cherry cabinets, a stainless-steel kitchen sink, a built-in microwave, a breakfast bar and a pass-through to the breakfast area. At the back of the home is the family room addition, a spectacular space with walls of windows, four skylights in the cathedral ceiling, a built-in bookcase and wet bar, and a raised-hearth stone fireplace. Large Palladian-style windows flank the fireplace, and French doors on either side of the room open onto decks.

Hardwood stairs lead from the center hall to the upper level, which has a wide, open wood landing separating the bedrooms. At one end of this landing is a gallery overlooking the family room. The gallery is a cozy space, perfect for a reading nook. Nearby is this level's second full bath, a large room with a deep tub and separate shower. Three large bedrooms share this bath, each with plenty of closet space and windows. The front bedrooms enjoy deep dormer windows, which add charm to the rooms.

The master bedroom suite includes two deep dormer windows that flank a sloping ceiling defining a sitting area in the large bedroom, which is a few steps down from the hall. The luxury bath has a sloping, oversized whirlpool tub with a skylight above and a window next to it, and a separate shower.

The finished lower level was expanded along with the rest of the house and could function easily as a large apartment for in-laws, if desired. This level includes a recreation room with a brick fireplace and plenty of space for entertainment equipment, including built-in speakers, a wet bar, and a second recreation room or game room with another brick fireplace.

Between the two entertainment areas is an atrium door to the back yard near the hot tub.

Some of the amenities of this home include an underground irrigation system, landscape lighting, a three-zone heat pump system, two hot water heaters and a "trip-wire" set in the driveway to alert residents when someone is arriving.

Despite the woodland serenity of this home, the owners enjoy a location just a few minutes from Route 123 and the Fairfax County Parkway. The Virginia Railway Express station in Burke is less than 15 minutes away.


Address: 11122 Henderson Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Community: Sandy Run

Age: 16 years

Price: $849,000

Size: About 5,415 finished square feet on 3.10 acres

Taxes: $5,621 in 2001

Exterior features: Colonial-style brick-and-siding with long brick front porch, professionally landscaped garden and lawn, fishpond with special lighting, two-car side-entry garage, cedar shake roof.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; 3 1/2 baths; oversized formal living room with marble fireplace; formal dining room; study with French doors on three sides; spacious kitchen; breakfast area open to huge two-level family room with skylights and fireplace; oversized master suite with luxury bath that includes whirlpool tub; large bedrooms with second luxury bath with tub and separate shower; finished lower level with recreation room, game room, exercise room, full bath, two fireplaces.

Amenities: Multiple decks and brick walkways, outdoor hot tub set on separate deck, gazebo, four fireplaces, three-zone heating and air conditioning, hardwood flooring on both upper levels.

Close by: Historic Clifton village; 12 minutes to Virginia Railway Express station in Burke; minutes to Fairfax County Parkway via Route 123.

Schools: Sangster Elementary; Lake Braddock Middle; Lake Braddock High

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8

Contact: Realtors Ann and Hal Grainger of Long & Foster Realtors in Fairfax Station at 703/425-7274.

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