Located in the thriving city of Fairfax (ranked #3 on Forbes list of “Top 25 Cities to Live Well”), this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath gem is definitely a top contender in this price range. This home has it all ­ an ideal location less than 15 miles from D.C., a spacious split level design with vaulted ceilings and a finished basement, and a private, landscaped, fenced yard with fruit trees and a large garden.

The gorgeous front yard showcases a mature tree, currently in spring bloom, in addition to a beautiful expanse of green between the home and the sidewalk, edged with a row of shrubbery. The front door opens onto a parquet floored entry way in a sunny living room. An enormous window along the length of the wall provides plenty of natural light. A powder room is conveniently located off to the right, next to the spare bedroom. This extra room features windows on two walls and a full closet, and would be also be suitable as an office or den.

Stairs from the living room lead down to the finished basement, with its architecturally interesting ceilings and deep carpeting. A window and recessed lights make this enormous space cheerful and comfortable. The utility room off to the left offers substantial storage with built in shelves, ready for your toys, tools, and holiday items. A French drain was installed during the remodeling of this basement, which effectively waterproofs the lower level, when used in conjunction with the included sump pump. Electrical service to the entire home has also been updated.

Upstairs from the main floor, on upper level one, you’ll find hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and a fireplace in the impressive dining room. The lower half of the fireplace wall is panelled in red brick, bringing a warm homey touch to the airy space. An overhead ceiling fan helps keep the temperature moderate in the summer. This area would also make a cozy den or casual living room. A large glass sliding door along one side of the room opens out onto the screened­in back porch, which has a sun roof.

Past the staircase, the dining room is open to the kitchen, with its warm wood cabinetry and white speckled granite backsplash. The kitchen is completely updated with stainless steel appliances and an induction range. A large window and overhead ceiling fan provide lots of light for the enthusiastic cook. Just past the kitchen is a small hallway with the side by side washer dryer closet, and a full bath with hardwood floors. A door in the hallway leads to the backyard.

On upper level two, we have the master bedroom complete with enormous his and hers closets, and windows on two walls. Down the hallway are two additional bedrooms, both with hardwood floors and cheerful natural light. A linen closet supplies ample storage for the full bath, which has a subway tiled floor.

The backyard of the home is the piece de resistance, with its extensive and thoughtful landscaping. Clever sequencing with the planting provides constant blooms throughout the year. Generous sized flower beds currently contain colorful perennials, and multiple fruit trees and an extra large garden will thrill those with a green thumb. For those with a brown thumb, the garden could easily be restored to lawn, or be remodeled into an outdoor living space. Attractive fencing

and tall shrubs and trees provide privacy to this urban retreat.

The city of Fairfax boasts a strong public school system, and 9 notable universities, including George Washington and Georgetown University, are located within a 15 mile radius. Old Town Fairfax just recently underwent an extensive redevelopment, adding a regional library, retail, restaurants, and office space. Cultural and recreational activities are located just a few minutes away on George Mason University’s expansive campus. The 2,000 seat Center for the Arts provides many opportunities for enjoying opera, ballet, and orchestral performances, while the 10,000 seat Patriot Center arena hosts concerts and events throughout the year, in addition to sports. 

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