Belle Haven boasts a craftsman classic

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The typical Alexandrian seems to love three things above all else: classic homes, river views and gardens with water features. This 75-year-old Belle Haven house on Fort Hunt Road offers all three attractions at a reduced rate of $848,600.

The front garden provides the koi pond and a stone waterfall. Both are in harmony with the front exterior, with its stone stairs. They reflect the rustic charm of the classic craftsman style, with its peaked roof covering the expansive slate front porch and its square white pillars. The white picket fence and its gate help evoke the atmosphere of the early twentieth century, when the house was built.

Showing the more classical influence of the eighteenth century Colonial style, the living and dining rooms on either side of the entrance hall are framed by arches. Both of these gracious rooms feature crown molding and wainscoting. The parlor features a fireplace and built-in bookcases, and the dining room is graced by a traditional chandelier. Both rooms are unified by the hardwood floors that continue throughout the home.

Updated regularly since 1939, the house blends classic charm with modern conveniences, including a thoroughly modern long galley kitchen with granite counters and stainless-steel appliances. The breakfast area offers a glass door leading to the patio. The main floor also includes a modern powder room and contemporary walls of windows surround the den, with glass doors leading to the patio.

On the second floor, the stairway divides the master suite from the sitting room and two additional bedrooms with two full baths. The bedrooms feature dormer windows and river views. Glass doors lead from the master bedroom to the rooftop deck.

The lower level includes a laundry, storage area and a bonus room. Off-street parking is available.

The schools are Belle View Elementary, Carl Sandburg Middle and West Potomac High.

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