- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Springtime may be the best time to visit homes in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, as the daffodils, azaleas and cherry trees compete with beds of pansies to provide the most cheerful frame for a home.

In a quiet pocket of Arlington just off Old Dominion Drive and not far from Glebe Road, a cluster of eight single-family homes has been built, known as Falls Court.

The original farmhouse at what is now known as Falls Court, once a dairy farm on Little Falls Road, has been renovated and rests at the center of this small community. Residents here enjoy a tranquil setting among the trees and garden beds, yet are just minutes from Arlington, McLean and downtown Washington.

The home at 5081 Little Falls Road, at the back of the cul-de-sac, is now on the market for $1,495,000. Built in 2002, this home has a charming Colonial facade with a deep front porch and flagstone steps wrapped in white picket fencing.

Garden beds, including several levels of garden areas on the side of the home, have been planted with easy-to-maintain perennials and shrubs to blend with the towering trees, which provide summer shade. Outdoor living can be accommodated with the front porch, a rear deck and a slate terrace off the lower level.

Inside, every detail has been attended to by the builder and the sole owners of this home. Hardwood flooring gleams on the main level and the stairs, while crown moldings accentuate the high ceilings, which are 10 feet high on the main and lower levels and 9 feet high on the upper two levels.

Natural light floods into the home through large windows in seemingly every possible location.

Every bedroom and the family room have been wired for high-speed Internet access, and the main and lower levels have built-in speakers to fill the home with music.

The gracious foyer features hardwood flooring and glimpses of nearly every main-level room. French doors link the foyer with the first-floor study, which has a bay window and a doorway to a hall with a powder room and a doorway to the family room. This hall can be converted to a wet bar or used as extra space for a full bath if future owners wish to create a first-floor guest suite.

The formal living room, on the opposite side of the foyer from the study, faces south for maximum sun. All the rooms have been painted gentle pastel tones, which flow easily from one space to the next. The formal dining room, accessible from the hall and from the living room, has a bay window facing the trees. Elegant crown, chair rail and decorative moldings accent this room, which also has a doorway into the kitchen.

At the back of the house, the family room includes a wood-burning fireplace with a gas starter and a brick hearth. A glass door leads to the deck, a ceiling fan stirs the air overhead, and partial walls with columns provide a visual connection with the breakfast area and kitchen.

The breakfast area has a bay window facing the back yard and is open to the center-island kitchen. The kitchen has cherry cabinets, granite counters and upgraded appliances, including a GE gas convection range with a double oven, a grill and six burners.

Oak floors lead to the second level, where a large landing with a large window provides a perfect location for a computer nook, children’s play area or a reading room. A linen closet and laundry closet are both located just off this landing.

The master suite has four windows and two niches for cozy seating areas. Adjacent to the bedroom is a dressing area with a window and two deep walk-in closets. The master bath has a glass-enclosed shower and a whirlpool tub set in one corner underneath two windows.

The second bedroom has a private full bath, with crown moldings, which are also found in the rest of the bedrooms. The third and fourth bedrooms share a connecting full bath with a dual-sink vanity.

A staircase leads to the finished third level, which has a large bedroom with a sloping ceiling and with windows facing into the treetops. Just off this bedroom is a large finished storage room.

The upper level also includes a full bath accessible from the bedroom and the hall. A second room, which can be used as an office or as an additional bedroom, faces south and has a gently sloping ceiling.

The above-ground lower level has French doors leading to the slate terrace and the garden. This level has a recreation room and a full bath accessible from the hall and a bedroom. The generously sized bedroom has a double-door closet and can function as an au-pair or in-law suite.

In addition to the finished space, the lower level includes a utility room with additional storage and access to the two-car garage, which has storage areas on two sides.

With so many bedrooms and more than 6,500 finished square feet of living space, this home has been designed to accommodate a large family or residents who enjoy entertaining. Yet the home can easily be a comfortable retreat for a smaller family, with rooms available for hobbies and overnight guests.

Most of all, this Arlington residence seems airy, bright, comfortable and ready for the next household to enjoy it.

Address: 5081 Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA 22207

Community: Falls Court in Shirley Woods

Age: Built in 2002

Price: $1,495,000

Size: About 6,500 finished square feet on lot of about 15,000 square feet

Taxes: $11,669 in 2006

Homeowner association fee: $1,000 per year

Exterior features: Colonial-style single family home of stone, siding and painted brick with front porch, flagstone steps, landscaped gardens with perennials, trees and shrubs, and two-car garage with storage.

Interior features: Six bedrooms; 61/2 baths; hardwood flooring on main level; crown moldings; 10-foot ceilings on the main and lower levels; foyer entrance with French doors to study; formal living room; formal dining room with bay window; family room with wood-burning fireplace and access to deck; center-island kitchen with bay-windowed breakfast area, cherry cabinets, granite counters; master suite with two walk-in closets and bath; second bedroom with private bath; third and fourth bedrooms share connecting bath; open landing for computer nook; laundry closet on second floor; third floor with bedroom, full bath, office or bedroom space and attic storage; finished lower level with recreation room, in-law suite with full bath and bedroom, storage rooms.

Amenities: Rear deck with steps to slate terrace; lawn sprinkler system; wiring for high-speed Internet; built-in speakers on main and lower level; gas heat.

Close by: Near Washington Golf and Country Club; shops and restaurants in Arlington and McLean; easy access to downtown Washington via Chain Bridge.

Schools: Jamestown Elementary, Williamsburg Middle, Yorktown High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Kay McGrath of Washington Fine Properties LLC at 202/276-1235.

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