February 24, 2010 Virginia
1956 Mid-Century in Lake Barcroft – $699K
This 4/3 mid-century is located in Lake Barcroft in Falls Church. The listing only has one exterior image but the description says the house has a wood deck and hot tub to go with the beach-like setting.
Lake Barcroft has one of the areas largest concentration of mid-century modern homes, including some designed by Charles Goodman and one by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. The driving force behind the community was Colonel Joseph V. Barger, who bought the 135-acre lake and surrounding 566 aces for $1 million in 1950, according to an interesting 2001 history of the community written by longtime resident Anthony Bracken.
Barger enlisted Gropius to help bring some cachet to the development that was being built (at the time) in rural Virginia. Gropius reportedly mapped out ideas for the development, including designing four 3/2 ramblers in varying price ranges and suggesting that all homes have built-in barbecue pits. In the end, only one Gropius-designed house was built at 6325 Lakeview Dr.