Outside, the weather may be frightful, but what could be more delightful than a floor-to-ceiling stone mantel covering an entire wall? It is sure to make your visitors feel more than welcome in this cheery and charming home in New Alexandria, listed at $1,050,000 with Susan Craft and Sean McEnearney at McEnearney Associates.
Built in 1938 as a simple brick Cape Cod cottage, the house was renovated between 2005 and 2006 with a three-story rear addition. This extension includes the stone gas fireplace in the rear family room, making a memorable first impression as seen from the front door. The mantel also harmonizes with the new stone portico and front walkway. A new 18-inch ceramic tile floor continues from the front hallway to the family room. The floors radiant heating makes the home even more welcoming on a winters day.
The eating and cooking bar, with its granite counter, divides the family room and kitchen, which also boasts stainless steel appliances and a dual sink.
In a more classical Colonial spirit, the older front section of the home features simple white Doric pillars framing the dining and living areas on either side of the entrance hall. The parlors wood-burning white fireplace echoes the same elegant style while providing more winter cheer. Both rooms display crown molding above hardwood floors.
Mullioned windows form the doors dividing the living room and the side library, which is another recent addition to the home. It overlooks the fireplace while displaying a bay wall of windows, built-in bookshelves and radiant-heated slate tile floors. This room provides the French doors leading to the screened rear porch. It overlooks the -acre lot, which also houses the detached two-car garage.
Across the hall from the kitchen, the powder room stands beside a wooden staircase leading to the second-story landing with its wooden floors.
On one side, the master suite occupies the newer section of this floor. It includes a walk-in closet and a bath that features a Jacuzzi whirlpool tub, sure to make a nice hot bath even more welcome on a cold day. It stands beneath a bay window. The tile floor, with its radiant heating, blends with the tile tub surround and the walls of the separate glass-enclosed shower.
Across the second-story landing, two other bedroom suites stand on either side of the hall. One provides a combined bath and shower while the other has a glass-enclosed shower.
The lower level is devoted to a separate apartment. It is complete with a full kitchen and living room, two bedrooms sharing a full bath with a glass-enclosed shower, a cedar closet and an exit leading outside.
The community is located near the Potomac River and Belle Haven Park. The schools are Belle View Elementary, Carl Sandburg Middle and T.C. Williams High.
AT A GLANCE:
Location: New Alexandria
Call: Susan Craft and Sean McEnearney at McEnearney Associates. 703-549-9292.
Built: 1938, with major renovations 2005-2007
Lot size: acre
Parking: two-car detached rear garage
Schools: Belle View Elementary, Carl Sandburg Middle and T.C. Williams High.