Victorian flair fills new home


With its turret, copper roofing and wrap-around porch, this new house on Lee Avenue was built by Washington Custom Builders this year to combine Victorian charm with modern convenience. The house with its six bedrooms and 6.5 baths is listed for $2,450,000 by Phyllis Patterson of Coldwell Banker in Alexandria, at 703-518-6158.

Features include ebony finished hardwood floors and crystal Schonbek chandeliers that remain with the home. Arched doorways, large, single-pane windows and crown molding enhance the 19th century atmosphere. But every bedroom offers the modern amenities of a walk-in closet and full bath.

At the end of a slate walkway, the front door opens onto a foyer with an office/bedroom space with a full bath on the left plus the circular turret room. On the right, the living room displays a woodburning fireplace outfitted with gas, and wainscoting on the walls. Behind the living room, the tea room includes a built-in buffet accented with white marble surfaces and recessed lighting. French doors lead to the dining room that boasts a butlers pantry and arched doorway leading back to the foyer.

The kitchen is accented with honed marble counters, a Wolf gas range on the kitchen island, a Wolf double oven on the wall, a Sub Zero refrigerator and built-in microwave. The appliances are covered with a cabinet finish, thus combining these modern conveniences with Victorian charm. A back stairway from the kitchen leads to the second level.

The kitchen opens to the family room, with its gas-start woodburning fireplace, wine bar with cooler and sink and French doors to the backyard. To the left of the family room, the mud room provides a half bath and a door to the two-car garage.

The front staircase leads from the main level foyer to the second story hall. To the left, a sitting area includes a laundry room and doors to the two front bedrooms, with their walk-in closets and full baths. Two bedrooms are also connected to the foyer, while the master bedroom overlooks the rear lot.

The master bedroom also includes a large sitting and dressing area in the front with wet bar and his-and-hers custom closets. A separate sleeping room and bath stand beside the main bedroom. The master bath is highlighted by a free-standing tub, two dressing sinks, a limestone-lined shower with a two-headed body spray and an enclosed commode.

The extra-wide front leads to the side-entry two car garage, with room for additional cars. The backyard features a stone patio, and the house includes plans for an in-ground pool.