Rebuilt Craftsman boasts luxuries


A Craftsman style of home is defined as type of bungalow featuring a low pitched roof, an open floor plan with few halls, a porch with round or square roof columns and an exposed chimney. The four bedroom, 3.5 bath listing at 2700 Central Avenue in Alexandria started as a Craftsman back in the 1930s, but one look at it now and its hard to stay within that definition. Its listed by Brett Rice of Remax for $1,149,000.

A few steps lead up to the front porch that opens to a living room dominated by windows drenching the room with natural lighting. There are wood floors throughout the first level, and a woodburning fireplace with the original chimney dominating the living room. In addition to the lighting from the oversized windows, there are custom lights hanging from the ceiling and recessed lighting throughout the house.

To the right of the front door is the dining room with a custom chandelier and three steps down to the kitchen, which features a stainless steel breakfast bar with seating for four, a Viking wine cooler and a Jenn Air, dual convection oven. The kitchen also features stainless steel appliances, dual sinks and granite counters accenting the open floor plan. A powder room off the kitchen features a wall dominated by the exposed brick work of the original fireplace. The architect left that to show the character of the original house, said Rice, referring to renowned architect Charlie Moore.

The kitchen opens to the great room with elevated ceilings, windows on all sides and a flat screen television that conveys with the house. At the back of the great room, there is a door leading to the backyard that features professional landscaping and an enormous 140-square foot custom built shed.

Across from the breakfast bar in the kitchen is an open stairway with steel cable rail. Downstairs, there is a family room with a home theater system that conveys. Down the hall on the left is a home office outfitted with CAT 5 high speed computer cables, a built-in desk, and file system. Across from the office is a full bath with a slate floor.

At the end of the hall is a play room or spare bedroom with a storage room to the side, complete with refrigerator that also conveys.

Upstairs from the main level, the master bedroom is off to the left, with a huge closet outfitted with glass doors. The master bath has a slate tile floor, separate shower, and dual sinks. Down the hall on the left is another bedroom across from the centrally located laundry room that also contains the exposed original chimney. Another bedroom is located at the end of the hall, with a full bath.

The name Craftsman comes from the title of a popular magazine published by the famous furniture designer, Gustav Stickley, between 1901 and 1916.