- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 23, 2007

For the past 21 years, the owners of the home at 4201 Roberts Road have lovingly tended to their residence, adding flowering shrubs and perennials to the garden and maintaining the old-fashioned ambience of the Colonial-style building.

Set back from the road on nearly 1 acre of land, this home has been the scene for joyful family gatherings and relaxing summers spent gardening and sipping iced tea on one of several patios while the grandchildren play on a nearby hammock.

Now on the market for $1,100,000, this white-painted wood home represents a classic American dream home, with wide lawns, towering shade trees and even a charming playhouse on the property designed to resemble the main home.

While spring and summer floral displays provide a spectacular setting for the home, the colder months reveal the home’s cozy side, with three working fireplaces.

The grounds include a large parking pad for several vehicles, hidden from the home by tall shrubs and trees. Surrounding the home on all four sides are mature trees, including dogwoods, hollies and oaks; flowering shrubs including azaleas, roses, rhododendrons and peonies; plus garden beds for personalizing with annuals.

Little River Turnpike is just a few blocks away, yet this home rests in a quiet pocket of Fairfax that attracts birds and butterflies to the peaceful yard.

The owners spend much of their time on the side flagstone porch, which has a beadboard ceiling, or on the brick patio at the back of the home where they enjoy barbecues.

The entire property is fenced, with gates in several places opening to walking trails that wind through the neighborhood.

The grounds also include a secluded lawn and garden area with a hammock, a former well that could be converted into an outdoor fireplace, and the playhouse, currently used as a garden storage shed.

Inside, the main and upper levels have random-width heart-of-pine flooring, the original doorknobs in many rooms and intricate woodwork, including crown moldings, chair-rail moldings and wainscoting.

The formal dining room includes a Dutch door to the side patio, which can be opened on the top or bottom — or both — to let in spring breezes. At the back of the room are tall windows facing the back yard and a glass door, which opens onto the brick patio.

A swinging door links the dining room with the kitchen, which has a stainless steel dishwasher, a stainless steel gas range and a stainless steel microwave, with white cabinets and a large window over the sink.

A walk-in pantry provides additional kitchen storage to the ample cabinets.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a breakfast room with a door to the patio, built-in corner cabinets and beadboard wainscoting.

The formal living room includes a brick gas fireplace, crown moldings and chair-rail moldings with wainscoting. Custom built-in bookcases and cabinets with an arch at the top surround the fireplace, with an arched doorway leading from the living room into the adjacent family room.

The living room includes two windows facing the front of the property with two windows at the side.

Two steps lead down from the living room into the family room, which has golden oak hardwood flooring and a brick gas fireplace.

The family room has floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases, crown moldings and chair-rail moldings, along with a glass door to the side yard. A curving wood staircase links the family room with one of the upper-level bedrooms.

The main level also includes a powder room and a deep coat closet.

Upstairs, the master suite has a wood-burning fireplace, a spacious closet, crown moldings and chair-rail moldings. The master bath has a pedestal sink and a tub with a shower.

Adjacent to the master bedroom is the fourth bedroom, currently used as a home office. This room can easily work as a sitting room or nursery and features a charming sloping ceiling.

Four windows on two sides of the room fill this space with light. A deep closet with a beadboard door is in one corner, with extra storage tucked under the eaves.

The second bedroom includes crown and chair-rail moldings, two windows overlooking the back yard and a deep closet.

The third bedroom has windows on two sides and a deep walk-in closet.

The upper level also has a second full bath with a built-in corner cabinet and two windows. Off the hall is a walk-in linen closet. Pull-down stairs lead to fully floored attic storage space with lights and electrical outlets.

Stairs lead from the main level to the unfinished lower level, a brightly lit spacious room with plenty of storage areas, a laundry room and a door leading to steps to the back yard.

Future residents may opt to finish some of this space, which easily accommodates a pingpong table and sitting areas.

During this home’s 68-year history, only two families have lived here, which may be the reason for the restful atmosphere and carefully maintained appearance of the property.

Address: 4201 Roberts Road, Fairfax VA 22032

Community: Halemhurst

Age: Built in 1939

Price: $1,100,000

Size: About 2,500 square feet on lot of nearly 1 acre

Taxes: $4,458 in 2006

Homeowner association fee: None

Exterior features: Wood Colonial-style single-family home with flagstone front and side patios, brick rear patio, extensive fenced grounds with shade trees, flowering shrubs and perennials, flagstone walkway with landscape lighting, parking pad for multiple vehicles.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; 21/2 baths; heart-of-pine random-width flooring throughout main and upper level; two staircases to upper level; formal living room; formal dining room; step-down family room; kitchen with new appliances, walk-in pantry and adjacent breakfast room; master bedroom with private full bath; three additional bedrooms and additional full bath on upper level; pull-down stairs to attic storage; unfinished basement with storage space, laundry room and stairs to back yard

Amenities: Charming playhouse or storage shed and well on grounds; gas heat, central air conditioning, three working fireplaces, gas hot water, security system

Close by: Membership swimming pool across the street; George Mason University lifelong learning center within walking distance; close to shopping areas in Fairfax and Fairfax City; quick access to Beltway

Schools: Daniels Run Elementary, Lanier Middle, Fairfax High

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Carolyn Dietrich at 703/323-6569 or Mercedes Suarez Pfeffer at 703/978-5643 at Weichert, Realtors

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