July 11, 2014 Mid-Century Modern

Custom Mid-Century Modern in Falls Church – $649K


Hope everyone had a good July 4th holiday. Here’s a listing that has recently come on the market for those looking in Falls Church. This custom mid-century modern home on nearly an acre was designed by Francis Palms, Jr, who went on to have a successful career in California building grand contemporary mansions in Palm Springs. In the early stage of his career, Palms considered himself a “student” of Frank Lloyd Wright, and followed many of the Wright ‘Usonian’ design precepts. While in Washington, he was an architect for the Treasury Department and designed Woodburn Elementary School in Fairfax.  The house is listed for $649K.

Rosemary Living Room

The house is built to flow with the natural topography of the hill, (which is the highest in the area) and the 100-year old chestnut oaks.  It is sited to maximize the southern exposure in the winter, with overhangs on the south side to provide shade and coolness in the summer.

The home was originally built with 5 bedrooms and 2 baths to accommodate the first owners, Mr. & Mrs. Max Reid, who commissioned the house for them and their 4 children.  What is now the master suite, on the lower level, were originally 2 bedrooms and a small bath.  A third bedroom was located where the current office is.