Modern Snapshot: St. John’s Lutheran Church in Alexandria
When my family and I were driving down to Florida in December, a closure of the ramp to 95 South off the Beltway took us on a little detour along Franconia Road where I quickly pulled over to take some shots of St. John’s Read More >
February 9, 2010
James Rossant, Reston Planner and Architect, Dies at 81
December 19, 2009
Charles Goodman’s Oak Forest in Vienna
I finally found Oak Forest. It is the last of the nine Charles Goodman builder projects in the D.C. area that I had not yet seen or written about. I saw eight or so modest, one-level Goodmans with signature exterior brick fireplaces on Acorn Circle Read More >
November 13, 2009
Two Open Houses in Alexandria Area Sunday, August 2
Two open houses to note if you are out looking in the Alexandria area on Sunday:
This 1949 expanded Goodman in Hollin Hills I first posted here is open from 1 to 4 p.m.
August 1, 2009
Lost: Charles Goodman’s 1957 Muriel Ferris House
When I first wrote about Charles Goodman’s 1957 Muriel Ferris House, I feared it would be torn down. A small MCM home on nearly 1.7 acres in an exclusive neighborhood in McLean. I can now report that the flat-roof house has been destroyed, as you can see Read More >
February 7, 2009
Two 1978 Contemporaries in Fairfax County
Here are two contemporary homes on large pieces of land in Fairfax County. The both have HOA fees.
1978 4/3 – 729K – This Fairfax Station home sits on 5 acres and has a pool and horse barn. Listing has only one exterior image.
1978 3/1.5 – $599K – This funky three-level Read More >
December 13, 2008
Price Drop: Two Forestview Models in Truro
These listings are for two early 1970s Forestview models in the Miller & Smith-built Truro in Annandale. The bi-level, 4/3 homes feature cathedral wood ceilings in the open living/dining room area. This one is listed at $465K (originally listed at $500K), while this one is down more than $12,000 Read More >
December 10, 2008
The Washignton Post ran an interesting piece on Saturday about the impact of planned redevelopment and construction of three Metro station in Reston, founded by developer Robert Simon in 1964 as the country’s first modern planned community.
“Reston –which famously pioneered the kind of walkable, environmentally friendly, mixed-use Read More >
November 29, 2008
Two MCM Foreclosures in Holmes Run Acres
Here are two foreclosures in Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church.
1959 5/2.5 – $408K – Open today from 12 to 3 p.m.
1956 4/2 – 397K – This listing has no images.
November 23, 2008
MCM Townhomes in Reston by Goodman, Sauer
I came across an interesting article (scroll down a bit after you hit the link) from 1966 on the new phenomenon of suburban townhomes by then-Washington Post architecture critic Wolf Von Eckardt. In his article, Von Eckardt writes how developers Read More >
September 6, 2008
Moran’s Modern Oasis
Now I don’t want to get political here, especially how this election looks to be shaping up. However, I thought you might be interested in this Connection article on Rep. Jim Moran’s Charles Goodman home in McLean—no matter what side of the aisle your are on. The house’s previous owner Read More >
July 1, 2008
Two Hickory Cluster Goodman Townhomes
Here are listings for two Hickory Cluster Townhomes by Charles Goodman in Reston:
1965 3/1.5 – $339K – An end unit carriage home (see pictures below) on Maple Ridge Road.
3/1.5 – $310K – This is one is a FSBO and is open today (June 7) from Read More >
June 7, 2008
1963 Flat-Roof ‘Phoenix’ MCM in Mantua
Here’s a listing for another flat-roof Phoenix model located in the Fairfax neighborhood of Mantua. The 6/3 home with clerestory windows sits on more than half an acre. This model was done by Phoenix Builders, not Ken Freeman, who designed many of the modern homes in Mantua.
May 18, 2008
Care-Free in Hollin Hills
“Our goal is to endow the home with a personality … delightful to be in, pleasant to live in, worthy of pleasure and pride in possession.”
–Charles M. Goodman, A.I.A, Alcoa Care-free Home brochure
When I recently wrote about this Charles Goodman Alcoa Care-free house in Minnesota, a reader rightly Read More >
April 30, 2008
1961 Hollin Hills Goodman – 579K; Open 4/27
Here’s a listing for a 3/2 Goodman in located in Hollin Hills. Some of the paint colors and kitchen floor are a little too bold, but those are easy to fix. The house is open April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.
April 17, 2008
Price Drops: Custom McLean Goodman, Lake Barcroft and Lake Normandy Estates
Here are some updates on three homes I previously featured:
Endangered McLean Goodman: The small custom 1957 Charles Goodman I posted last month that I fear could be torn down because its sits on 1.7 acres in McLean has dropped $100K. Again, the images in the listing mostly shows the Read More >
April 6, 2008
Chloethiel Smith’s Coleson Cluster in Reston
I added a new link to the MCM Neighborhoods list. Designed by Reston founder Robert E. Simon and modernist architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith in the mid-1960s, Coleson Cluster consists of 47 two-, three- and four-bedroom flat-roofed, brick rowhouses with floor-to-ceiling windows on each level. Here’s a vintage Read More >
March 23, 2008
Two Pine Spring Contemporaries
Here are two new listings in Pine Spring in Falls Chruch. The homes were designed by the local modernist all-star team team of Keyes, Smith, Satterlee and Lethbridge.
1952 4/2.5 – 629K – From the pictures, this looks one of the nicest homes I seen in the Falls Church neighborhood. Read More >
March 10, 2008
Price Drops on Hollin Hills Goodman Homes; One Open House Today
1953 4/2 – $799k – This Goodman (top picture) has been expanded to fit in the with original design, according to the listing. The price has dropped from Read More >
December 2, 2007
Hollin Hills Featured in Examiner
Today’s Examiner real estate section has a feature on Hollin Hills. Entitled “Not your father’s Virginia,” the piece does a good job describing the community by Charles Goodman and Robert Davenport. Author Katie Wilmeth curiously does not even mention the term mid-century modern and says the community is “so unique” Read More >
October 26, 2007