Charlestons charm comes to Fairfax


All the charm of the Charleston Southern Colonial style are built into this house on Popes Head Road in Fairfax, and no wonder. The owner of Steve Kuemmerle Development Corp. of Clifton built it for his daughter, when she was married in 2004, and he filled it with an atmosphere of romance.

A winding, tree-lined path leads to the home, setting the idyllic scene. Pillars adorn the front porches on both the first and second stories, overlooking mature trees. The three-car garage stands on the side, thus preserving the illusion. Two white rocking chairs on the main-floor porch help to set the scene.

Beyond the paneled front door, the entrance hall faces a stairway where each step boasts an ornate molded design. Pillared arches lead to the living and dining rooms on either side. All three areas display elaborate crown molding and wainscotting above the hardwood floors. Ten-foot ceilings continue through the main floor.

Another archway leads from the dining room to the kitchen, which also features hardwood floors. Matching wooden panels grace the GE Profile Refrigerator, the GE dishwasher and the glass-fronted cabinets. Their warm tones harmonize with the golden granite counters and breakfast bar, as well as the tumbled marble backsplash. A window overlooks the laundry area and mud room, which lead to the garage.

The front entrance hall also overlooks the rear breakfast nook, its glass doors leading to the deck and the wooded two-acre lot beyond. Across the hall, the carpeted family room boasts a coffered ceiling above the marble mantel, framed by built-in bookcases. The side sunroom opens onto the deck.

The downstairs powder room also follows the theme, with a mural border depicting Colonial scenes.

At the top of the front stairway, the master suite includes two walk-in closets. In the luxurious master bath, tumbled marble appears in the floor, the glass-enclosed shower and the Jacuzzi tub surround. Chair rail molding decorates the enclosed commode.

Two other bedrooms share a full jack-and-jill bath between them, with an enclosed commode. A hall bath serves the other two bedrooms, including the Princess Room. With bamboo floors and a Medieval style stone wallpaper design, it is sure to delight almost any little princess.

A second-story family room provides a dramatic slanted ceiling, an impressive view of the wooded lot and built-in bookshelves. Nearby, the rear stairway leads to the breakfast nook. The second story also features nine-foot ceilings and French doors leading to the upstairs porch.

Distinctive chandeliers appear throughout the first and second floors, where they will remain with the house.

In the unfinished basement, a brick fireplace stands beside glass doors leading to the rear lot, making it the natural focus of a third family room.

The couple has since moved to Charleston, and their honeymoon house is now listed for sale at $1,395,000 with Casey Margenau at RE/MAX Distinctive Real Estate. Call 703-827-5777.