October 4, 2012 Hollin Hills Virginia

Under Contract: Dwell-Worthy Renovation: My New Listing in Hollin Hills

This house is what Hollin Hills and the mid-century modern architecture of Charles Goodman are all about. Simple, elegant design with walls of glass to blur inside and out. The owners of this 1953 Goodman took a dilapidated, near tear-down house and transformed it into a stunning modernistic retreat that could be featured in the pages of Dwell magazine. From the Neutra house numbers to the gallery-style lighting to the minimalist kitchen and baths, this home is one of the premier renovations in Hollin Hills. The house is listed for $749,000. Here is the virtual tour and map.

Perched atop a premier, wooded corner .39 acre lot, the two-level, 2,350 square foot home (Goodman model #2, 2-level) has 4 spacious bedrooms with walls of glass, 2 bathrooms and expansive, open living spaces on both levels.

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The cantilevered, upper (or main) level features an open kitchen-living-dining space with brick wall fireplace floats amid the mature trees blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior. The gallery-style lighting in the living room (above; now and then shots) is perfect to feature your modern art.

The glass-walled kitchen that flows into the large dining area features stainless steel Bosch appliances and Corian counters and a door to the slate patio space where you can enjoy your morning coffee.


Here’s a before shot of the kitchen.

The main level also has two bedrooms and one bath, which features Toto toilets, glass-enclosed showers and minimalist furnishings and modern tiling.

The lower level features an additional two bedrooms, including a corner glass-walled room that could also make an inviting “corner” office space and the second bathroom.

The large lower den has concrete floors and the second fireplace. The lower level also includes a large utility room and excellent storage space.

While the entire house was transformed, the owners meticulously restored the original wood doors and hardwood flooring on the main level.

The HVAC (Carrier) was replaced in 2011. The hot water heater, clothes dryer and complete new roof and gutter system are less than one year old. In addition, all operable windows have been updated. The inside and outside of the home have been painted with Benjamin Moore colors selected by artist owner.

Hollin Hills, comprised of 450 modernist homes with 30 acres of parkland and a pool and tennis club, is just 5 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, less than 10 to National Airport and 13 to Capitol Hill. The Fairfax County neighborhood has been recognized as one of the groundbreaking modernist suburban communities to be developed post-World War II.