- - Thursday, May 24, 2012

The tree-lined lanes of Falls Church burst with greenery and an abundance of flowers in the spring, providing a scenic backdrop for some of the area’s loveliest homes. Follow Sleepy Hollow Road to Valley Lane, and you’ll come upon Ravenwood, an established neighborhood of single-family homes in an eclectic mix of styles linked by their ability to blend into the surrounding trees.

One home that stands out among the array of interesting homes is the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired residence at 3214 Juniper Lane. This Craftsman-style home, built in 1951 and renovated in 2001-02, is on the market for $1,199,900. A stone walkway leads to the front door of this stone-and-brick home, which rests on a .80-acre lot.

The grounds of this residence overflow with spring bulbs, azaleas, magnolias, rhododendrons, ginkgos, hollies, crape myrtles, red and white oak trees, dogwoods, redbuds, cedar trees and summer flowers. Both natural woodlands and perennial gardens provide the backdrop for this home and can be enjoyed from multiple outdoor living areas as well as a two-story atrium of glass.

The property has front lawns and gardens as well as a stone front patio shaded by an overhang from the roof. A covered back porch includes a ceiling fan and wood flooring. Also at the back of the house, stone and Trex walkways lead past a partially covered patio to a stone terrace, stone stepping stones and a meditation garden with a stocked fish pond. A gazebo with a flagstone floor provides a quiet spot to enjoy nature.

The focal point for the interior and the exterior of this home is the two-story atrium at the back of the house, which has three walls wrapped in windows with transoms and wood trim. A ceiling fan and recessed lighting are high overhead. The atrium provides a dramatic setting for entertaining as well as the serenity that comes from being surrounded by nature.

Oak and ceramic tile flooring and Berber carpeting are used in various rooms of this home, and recessed lighting adds to the already abundant natural light.

This two-level home includes an upgraded center-island kitchen with solid cherry cabinets displaying both natural and dark stains in a smooth contemporary style, pendant and recessed lighting, and sleek black granite counters. The kitchen has a six-burner gas stove, double wall ovens, a refrigerator with custom cabinet framing, a dishwasher, a built-in microwave and a cast-iron double sink. A breakfast counter faces a pass-through to the adjacent dining room. A powder room with a pedestal sink is nearby.

The open dining room and living room overlook the atrium and enjoy unobstructed views of the grounds. The living room has a dramatic stone wall with a gas fireplace and a wood-beamed ceiling overhead.

The dining room has a picture window with transoms framing a woodland view. Beveled glass doors open from the dining room into the library, a sun-filled, wood-paneled room with two skylights, recessed lighting and walls of windows facing the gardens. Glass doors open from the library onto the adjacent wood porch.

The main level also has a master bedroom suite and a second bedroom with a full bath. The master bedroom has hardwood flooring, multiple closets and a private full bath with two vanities and a shower with a glass door. The guest bedroom also has hardwood flooring and windows on two sides.

The above-ground lower level features several spaces for both entertaining and family life. The ground floor of the two-story atrium is on this level and includes radiant-heat ceramic tile flooring and a circular staircase to the main level. Nearby is a family room with a wood-burning fireplace set into an exposed brick wall with a raised brick hearth. The family room includes a wet bar with seating and an adjacent area includes a built-in home theater with audio-visual equipment.

The lower level also has two more bedrooms and a third full bath. A handsome wood wine cellar with a glass door is also on the lower level, along with a wood sauna and an exercise room. Utility and storage rooms are nearby, and the two-car garage is accessible from this level.

Living among the trees may make residents feel as if they are in a rural area, yet this Falls Church home is only about a mile from the East Falls Church Metro station. Bus stops are right in the neighborhood, which is close to a number of commuter routes as well as numerous shopping centers and restaurants. Local restaurants that Ravenwood residents enjoy are Dogfish Head Alehouse, Saigon Palace and the Eden Center, and more restaurants can be found nearby in Tysons Corner and in the District.


Address: 3214 Juniper Lane, Falls Church, VA 22044

Community: Ravenwood

Age: Built 1951, renovated 2001-02

Price: $1,199,900

Size: Approximately 6,197 finished square feet on lot of .80 acre

Taxes: $7,807 in 2011

Homeowners association fee: None

Exterior features: Craftsman-style single-family home of stone and brick, professional landscaping, stone walkways, two-car garage with storage

Interior features: Two levels, with four bedrooms, three full baths, powder room, oak hardwood flooring, ceramic tiles and Berber carpet; two-story atrium with walls of glass; gas and wood-burning fireplaces; library; upgraded kitchen; first-floor master suite and guest bedroom with bath; two bedrooms and full bath on lower level; family room with home theater; wine cellar; sauna

Amenities: Grounds include wood porch, stone terrace, gardens, stocked fish pond; central air conditioning; gas heat and water heating

Close by: Minutes to shopping centers, restaurants, commuter routes, East Falls Church Metro station, Tysons Corner and downtown Washington

Schools: Sleepy Hollow Elementary, Glasgow Middle, Stuart High

Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. May 27

Contact: Realtors Kandace Holland and Kara Koonce with Century 21 Redwood Realty in Arlington at 703/528-8195 or visit www.c21Redwood.com

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