- The Washington Times - Friday, October 2, 2009

Some residents compare Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church to an “enchanted forest.” The community of about 350 rustic contemporary-style homes has a certain magical quality with its winding streets and homes tucked among the towering trees.

The home at 3404 Executive Ave., now on the market for $499,900, is a two-story example of a typical Holmes Run Acres residence. The homes, built mostly in the 1950s and 1960s, share the same elements of open, wood-beamed cathedral ceilings, expanses of glass and oak hardwood floors. Some of the homes are ramblers, while others have been remodeled and expanded. The community Web site (www.HolmesRunAcres.com) includes articles with remodeling suggestions in addition to local activities and historical information.

This 57-year-old home, extensively renovated with new flooring, windows, baths and a kitchen, retains the essential elements of its original style, particularly with the wood-beamed ceiling in all of the upper-level rooms. The home has a brick-and-siding exterior and about 1,728 finished square feet on nearly a quarter-acre lot.

An asphalt driveway leads past a landscaped front yard with mature trees. There is a wood deck next to the front door. A flagstone and brick path leads around the house to the fenced backyard, which features a deck and a storage shed that includes a brick pad outside and electricity.

Inside, the foyer has ceramic tile floors and a wood staircase to the upper level. A recreation room features Berber carpeting, a wall of windows and a wood-burning fireplace with a raised hearth set into an exposed brick wall. The owner added gas lines to both fireplaces so they can be converted to gas logs. This room includes a storage closet and a wall of built-in bookshelves.

This level also includes a bedroom with hardwood flooring, windows on two sides and a closet. The adjacent bath is newly renovated and includes ceramic tile floors that extend to the walls and into the shower, which has glass doors. Adjacent to this bath is an oversized laundry room with utilities and additional storage space.

Upstairs, the staircase opens into the great room, which has a wall of windows and a soaring wood-beamed ceiling. At one end of this room is a wood-burning fireplace set into an exposed brick wall with a wood storage alcove. A tall window flanks the fireplace with a storage closet on the other side.

The adjacent separate dining room has windows on one side and a glass door leading to the deck and the backyard.

The remodeled kitchen includes granite counters, stainless steel appliances and ceramic tile walls. Narrow windows facing the backyard have extra cabinets above and a ceramic tile backsplash below. Modern track lighting and an overhead pot rack add drama to the kitchen, which has under-cabinet lighting on the cherry cabinets.

The master bedroom includes picture windows on two sides with Plantation shutters, an alcove for a dresser and two double-door closets. New hardwood floors extends throughout the upper level into the bedrooms. Nearby, a second bedroom includes windows on two sides.

These two bedrooms share a remodeled bath with small tiles of pale blues and greens and glass block walls. In addition to remodeling the baths and the kitchen, the owner replaced the roof, the furnace and windows.

The Holmes Run Acres Civic Association, founded in 1952, helped raise the funds to create one of the first community swimming pools in Northern Virginia in 1954. The pool and the local park provide places for residents to interact and enjoy community activities.

The new owners will enjoy being close to the pool, park, nearby schools and the bus to Metrorail. This home is located inside the Beltway for an easy commute into the District or Tysons Corner.

Address: 3404 Executive Ave., Falls Church, VA 22042

Community: Holmes Run Acres

Age: Built in 1952

Price: $499,900

House size: About 1,728 finished square feet

Lot size: 0.24 acres

Taxes: $4,793 in 2008

Exterior features: Rustic, contemporary-style, single-family home with two levels and a brick-and-siding exterior; asphalt driveway; wood decks; flagstone and brick walkway; landscaped wooded lot with mature trees; backyard features a wood fence and a storage shed that includes a brick pad outside and electricity

Interior features: Three bedrooms and two baths; wood-beamed cathedral ceilings; new hardwood floors throughout home; recreation room with Berber carpeting, a wall of windows, a wood-burning fireplace, an exposed brick wall, a storage closet and built-in bookshelves; bedroom with adjacent, remodeled bath that has ceramic tile floors and walls; laundry/utility room with extra storage space; a great room with wall of windows, a wood-burning fireplace, an exposed brick wall and a storage closet; separate dining room with windows on two sides and a glass door to the deck; renovated kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile walls and backsplash, modern track lighting, overhead pot rack, under-cabinet lighting and cherry cabinets; remodeled bath with glass block walls and small tiles of pale blues and greens; master bedroom with picture windows, Plantation shutters and two double-door closets; upstairs bedroom with windows on two sides; new insulated windows; new roof; new furnace; gas utilities

Close by: Walk to swimming pool, park, schools and bus to Metrorail; inside the Beltway for easy commute into the District or Tysons Corner

Schools: Woodburn Elementary School, Jackson Middle School, Falls Church High School

Contact: John W. Purvis Sr., associate broker with RE/MAX Xecutex at 703/937-0341

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