July 7, 2016 Alexandria Virginia
Under Contract: Japanese-Style MCM – $699K
This custom Japanese-style post-and-beam mid-century modern is set on a private on a .62 acre private wooded lot five miles south of Old Town Alexandria. The owners have done extensive custom updates sensitive to the time-period and architecture. They have also added modern amenities such as outside LED lighting system, updated electrical switches and outlets and an updated air conditioner system (2015) and custom shades throughout the house. Listed for $699K.
Clad in beautiful restained redwood siding, the two-level, 2,600 square-foot home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 renovated bathrooms and a bonus room that can be used as an exercise or play room. The fixed expanses of glass are double-pane.
The flat-roof house was designed by Frank R. Glass A.I.A. in 1963. Glass, the associate editor for Better Homes and Gardens, originally designed the house for his own family in Des Moines. His home was featured on the cover of the 1964 issue of Better Homes and Gardens: Home Building Ideas.
The entrance features imported Brazilian-slate floor and custom-designed railing. To the left is the stunning open living-dining-kitchen area with wood-beamed ceiling, free-standing Preway-style fireplace with slate surround and original fiberglass shogi screens. The space opens to a cantilevered, screened-in deck.
The kitchen is a mix of vintage touches such as the original Formica, stainless steel appliances, including a new Bosch dishwasher, and new tile backsplash.
The upstairs features 3 bedrooms and renovated bathrooms, which feature two separate sink areas that connect to the shower and toilet area. The updates include granite counter tops for the original restored cabinets, slate flooring, Eco-friendly dual flush toilets, and subway tile and new modern fixtures. While updated, the bathrooms retain the integrity of the original design.
The kitchen, stair, bathroom and entrance area separate the entertaining spaces from the private bedroom areas.
The lower level includes an open den with newer stained-proof carpet, 4th bedroom (currently used as an office) with mid-century appropriate cork flooring, a bonus room and renovated bathroom and laundry area. The bathroom features a remodeled shower with subway tile and pebble floor, dual flush toilet, new fixtures and a pedestal sink.