- The Washington Times - Friday, April 25, 2008

In 1993, the owners of the house at 4110 John Trammell Court in Fairfax, originally from California, fell in love with the traditional touches in their Colonial-style home.

More than that, though, they looked forward to the prospect of walking to shops and restaurants in nearby Fairfax City. Strolling to the live entertainment and booths at the annual Fairfax City Fall Festival was an unexpected bonus to their new home.

As for commuting and traveling to other areas in the Washington region, this neighborhood is 4½ miles from the Beltway and close to U.S. 50 and Interstate 66.

Shopping malls are within easy driving distance.

Now on the market for $750,000, this home has been the setting for a happy domestic life for the past 15 years as the family has grown from four members to welcome seven grandchildren. Careful maintenance and upgrading of the home has kept it in pristine condition.

This quiet enclave of custom homes rests on a wide cul-de-sac that accommodates plenty of guest parking in addition to the two-car garage and driveway parking for two cars.

This home, while technically a town home, is actually a “twin” home, with a garage wall shared with the home next door.

With about 3,200 finished square feet of living space and extensive outdoor areas for relaxing and entertaining on the nearly quarter-acre lot, this home feels larger than many single-family homes.

The partially fenced back yard includes a deck accessible from two rooms, a lawn and a professionally landscaped yard with decorative stones, walkways and a bench.

Almost 9,000 square feet of outdoor living space is included with this home. Trees have been planted along the side property line, and the landscaping extends from the front to the side to the back of the home. A sprinkler system keeps the front yard and back yard freshly watered.

The owners replaced their front door and sidelight windows in 2005, adding a portico entrance to the brick front stoop.

Inside, the two-story foyer has oak hardwood flooring and a wide entrance into the formal living room. The home has traditional features such as wainscoting along the staircase and in the dining room, along with crown moldings in the formal rooms.

The formal living room has two windows facing the front yard and a wide opening into the large formal dining room, which has a triple window framing a view of the back garden.

In one corner of the dining room is the door to the elevator, which the owners added in 2005. The wood-paneled elevator reaches all three levels of the home and is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

Adjacent to the dining room is a spacious kitchen with upgraded appliances, ceramic tile flooring and 42-inch wood cabinets. A breakfast bar separates the kitchen from the adjacent breakfast area, which also functions as a sunroom.

Wrapped in windows on three sides, the breakfast area has a French door to the deck and a Palladian window. Garden views are visible from every window, and two skylights overhead fill the room with natural light.

Just beyond the breakfast area is a step-down family room with a Colonial-trimmed marble gas fireplace. The family room has French doors leading to the deck and a view of the back yard.

The main level also has a powder room and closets.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has a triple window facing the back garden, a ceiling fan and plenty of space for a sitting area. The suite includes a walk-in closet and second closet with access to attic storage.

The master bath has a deep tub, a double-sink vanity and a new, large shower.

The second and third bedrooms, both at the front of the house, each have two tall windows facing the front yard and two closets. The fourth bedroom overlooks the back yard and has a double-door closet.

These three bedrooms share a hall bath with a double-sink vanity.

The upper level also has a laundry room with a cabinet and access to additional attic storage. Each of the secondary bedrooms has a ceiling fan.

The lower level has been finished to provide additional living space and includes a fifth bedroom for guests and a full bath. This level has an expansive recreation room and a partially finished storage room.

Nestled beneath the trees at the end of the cul-de-sac, this home provides a quiet location to enjoy friends and family while offering quick access to shopping and entertainment away from home, too.

Address: 4110 John Trammell Court, Fairfax, VA 22030

Community: John Trammell Court

Age: Built in 1993

Price: $750,000

Size: About 3,200 finished square feet on lot of .21 acres

Taxes: $5,000 in 2007

Homeowner association fee: $210 per quarter

Exterior features: Colonial-style town home of brick and siding with professionally landscaped front and back yards; two-car garage; rear deck; quiet cul-de-sac location with plenty of guest parking.

Interior features: Five bedrooms; 3½ baths; two-story foyer with hardwood flooring; formal living room; formal dining room with wainscoting and chair-rail moldings; step-down family room with marble fireplace and French doors to deck; 42-inch cabinets and upgraded appliances in kitchen with adjacent breakfast area/sunroom with three walls of windows including a Palladian window and French doors to deck with skylights; master suite with walk-in closet and second closet, master bath; three large secondary bedrooms with adjacent full bath; finished lower level with recreation room, fifth bedroom and third full bath.

Amenities: Elevator to all three floors with wood-paneled interior; gas fireplace; gas heat; attic storage, sprinkler system in front and back yards; ceiling fans.

Close by: Walk to Fairfax City shops, restaurants, library and events; 1½ miles to mall shopping; near Beltway, U.S. 50 and Interstate 66.

Schools: Daniels Run Elementary, Lanier Middle, Fairfax High

Open house: April 27 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Carolyn Dietrich with Weichert, Realtors at 703/941-0100.

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