- - Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fairfax City holds some hidden gems of historic buildings, but few offer the delights of the Victorian-style estate at 3500 Chain Bridge Road. Built in 1865, this home has been extensively restored, renovated and expanded with meticulous attention to period details. The home, once a rural farmhouse on a 100-acre farm and orchard, rests on a secluded private lot of 1.79 acres.

On the market for $1,550,000, this home has a fieldstone foundation, a slate roof and a distinctive central tower. Many of the rooms have the original door hardware, and some include the original random-width heart-of-pine flooring and the original wood-framed windows with the original glass.

The grounds of this property include 100-year-old boxwoods, stately trees and numerous perennials. The detached two-car garage originally was the farmhouse’s milking barn. Two additional outbuildings include a well house and a building that was used by plane spotters during World War II. The plane spotters’ building was moved to this property after the war and sits on a stone foundation surrounded by a patio and stone walls. This is one of the only buildings in Fairfax County that still has its original blackout-curtain windows.

The home has a gracious covered front porch with columns, a shady spot perfect for relaxing with friends or a good book or admiring the towering trees nearby. The porch has a flagstone floor and a delightful bright-red-painted wood ceiling. At the back of the home are a screened porch with a brick floor and a backyard with a walled patio enclosed by a custom-designed white picket fence and an iron double gate set into a stone wall.

Inside, the home has three finished levels and two fireplaces and approximately 3,400 square feet of living space. The front door opens into a foyer with hardwood flooring and an arched entrance to the living room. The living room, part of the original home, has dentil crown molding, two-piece chair-rail molding with a beaded mullion and a gas fireplace with a raised-panel surround. The living room also has hardwood flooring, built-in bookcases, the original windows and a bay window.

The formal dining room has raised-panel and crown molding, hardwood flooring and the original double doors of glass and wood to the front porch.

The kitchen includes hardwood flooring, custom-built solid cherry cabinets, marble counters and a charming hand-painted backsplash. The doorway to this room is flanked by leaded-glass panels, and the room includes a window over the sink, recessed lighting, a breakfast bar and a ceiling fan.

Nearby is a powder room with custom-designed walnut cabinets. This level also has a newly renovated laundry room with black-and-white checkerboard flooring, a wine refrigerator, black granite counters, white cabinets and a full bath with a shower.

The family room includes raised-panel and chair-rail molding, a vaulted ceiling with a skylight and leaded-glass windows, some of which are antiques and some custom-designed. The leaded-glass windows sit above tall picture windows. This room also has a wood-burning fireplace with an antique mantel and fireplace surround, recessed lighting, and double doors to the screened porch.

Upstairs are four bedrooms, including three with plantation shutters and the original heart-of-pine flooring. This level has a full bath with the original arched windows, custom-designed cherry cabinets, ceramic tile flooring and a double-sink vanity top of Corian.

The finished attic level has three rooms for flexible use.

For more information or directions to this Victorian estate, contact Realtor Roy Melloni with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty at 703/863-0077 or visit www.roymelloni.com.

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