- The Washington Times - Friday, July 6, 2007

Homes with one owner exude a special feeling. Maybe it is simply the affection the owners obviously have for the property, or maybe it is that the integrity of the original architecture often remains intact.

After all, someone who loved the home when it was first built will usually want to keep the residence as much to that same character as long as he or she lives there.

The home at 1902 Windmill Lane in Alexandria, now on the market for $799,000, has been owned since it was built by the same family. After 37 years, the essential character remains in this contemporary-style home, which the architect says was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The owners have professionally landscaped the property for the maximum of privacy and attractiveness with the minimum of gardening chores. Through the years, they updated the kitchen and have otherwise fastidiously maintained the property, so it is in excellent condition.

This Windmill Lane home rests in the quiet community of Mason Hill off Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria. This community is a development of homes placed on a series of cul-de-sacs and has a mix of Colonial-style and Cape Cod-style homes with a handful of contemporary homes tossed in for good measure.

The windmill at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church site gives the street its name.

Ideal for families, Mason Hill also offers a location near the George Washington Parkway, Old Town Alexandria, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and downtown Washington. Shopping centers also are located nearby, along with several churches and schools.

The distinctive exterior of 1902 Windmill Lane offers a sleek facade that belies the warmth inside the home and provides a contrast to the coziness of the woods and flowers.

The front drive leads into the two-car garage, which has additional storage space and a rear window that frames a view of the woods. A gently sloping lawn is crossed by a flagstone walkway that leads to the front door, where wood decking is painted Williamsburg blue to match the front door.

Inside, the entire main level has a bead-board ceiling crossed with exposed wood beams that seem to link directly with the woods outside.

The split-level foyer has ceramic tile flooring, while the rest of the main level has hardwood flooring.

Perhaps the most distinctive feature in this home other than the beamed ceiling are the picture windows that run from the floor to the ceiling in nearly every room, allowing the natural woods outside to become almost part of the home.

The main level includes a living room with an open doorway to the adjacent library. The library has built-in bookcases, a picture window on the side of the room, a closet with shelving and access to the powder room.

The living room has a sliding glass door to the rear deck in addition to a picture window, so that the back of the room is almost entirely glass.

The formal dining room is large enough for entertaining a group and includes a tall window facing the sloping front lawn.

The family room, which is open to the kitchen, offers a second set of sliding glass doors to the deck.

The natural yard of tall trees provides plenty of privacy for this room, and this room also has a picture window. At one end of the room is a wood-burning fireplace bordered by decorative tiles.

The white-on-white kitchen includes a tall window with a woodland view and a breakfast bar that is open to the family room.

The owners say the layout of this level, with an entrance to the deck from both the living room and the family room, has created an easy flow for guests during parties.

The lower level, which is above ground and reaches from the split-level foyer, has four bedrooms and two full baths.

The master suite has a sliding glass door to a private deck and a picture window with a view of the back yard and trees. This room has a double-door closet against one wall and a walk-in closet with built-ins. A private full bath is next to the room.

The three secondary bedrooms are each large, with double-door closets and picture windows. This level has a second full bath with a double-sink vanity, a laundry room and a large linen closet.

Mature trees, hardwood floors and beamed ceilings all add charm to this woodland retreat, which awaits another family to maintain its warmth and sleek style.

Address: 1902 Windmill Lane, Alexandria, VA 22307

Community: Mason Hill

Age: 37 years, built in 1970

Price: $799,000

Size: About 2,480 finished square feet on lot of 15,381 square feet

Taxes: $6,492 in 2006

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Contemporary-style single-family home of wood and brick; sloping front lawn, extensive azaleas, dogwoods and mature trees on all sides, with natural wooded back yard, two-car garage with storage space

Interior features: Four bedrooms; 2 baths; split-level foyer entrance; formal dining room; formal living room with beamed ceiling; library with closet space and powder room, built-in bookcases and beamed ceiling; open white-on-white kitchen with adjacent family room with fireplace and sliding glass door to deck; hardwood flooring on main level; lower-level master bedroom with deck, closets and private bath; three large secondary bedrooms with hall bath; laundry room and linen closet on the lower level.

Amenities: Deck off living room and family room, second private deck off master suite; gas heat, wooded views.

Close by: Minutes to Old Town Alexandria, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and downtown Washington

Schools: Hollin Meadows Elementary, Sandburg Middle, West Potomac High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Wayne Holland of McEnearney Associates at 703/360-7508

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