June 2, 2012 Hollin Hills Virginia

Roger Lewis Explores Hollin Hills, Goodman Price Drop

Hollin Hills

Roger K. Lewis, professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland, explores Hollin Hills in his latest Washington Post column. He writes that the Charles Goodman-designed neighborhood has stayed consistent with the original vision of the neighborhood while allowing for change, namely the expansion or updating of the more modest homes built mostly in the 1950s and ’60s. “Over the decades, the original Hollin Hills houses proved too small for evolving tastes and lifestyles,” Lewis writes. “Consequently, owners enlarged and modified homes. With design review committee approval, new rooms, porches, decks and accessory structures were added. Kitchens and bathrooms were remodeled, cabinetry and finish hardware redone, mechanical and electrical systems upgraded, roofing membranes replaced, high-performance windows installed. Yet original home exteriors facing streets remain essentially unchanged.”

The house pictured above is a good example of what Lewis describes. Featured on the recent Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour, the exterior keeps the mid-century feel while the interior has been turned into an ultra-modern escape with Asian touches.

If you are looking in Hollin Hills, my listing has been reduced to $649K and will be open June 3 from 1 to 4 p.m.