Thursday, May 03, 2007

Selling Our Home

If you are interested in an inside-the-beltway home in Northern Virginia that feels more like a woodland haven, in a community that has just been listed in the National Registry of Historic Neighborhoods you might like to read about our home. As of this posting it is not listed in the MLS or on Craigslist, but we hope to be offering it soon. Email us or call to be the first to know when it's officially for sale.

John & Dianne Battle
3408 Hartwell Ct.
Falls Church
VA. 22042
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Gorgeous sun-filled contemporary home in serene Holmes Run Acres (HRA) Community playground and pool (see Walk to county park, streams, tennis courts and hiking paths surrounding the neighborhood. Holmes Run Acres has National Historical status (see ) - no restrictions on home renovations, but up to 20% tax break on qualifying home upgrades/changes. Nice neighbors , in a quiet community that is convenient to shopping, public transportation, recreation, education, and health facilities.

House description: All rooms have wood beamed cathedral-type ceilings. Front rooms have skylights. Hardwood and tiled floors throughout. Master Bedroom suite and 2nd Bedroom are carpeted. Master bathroom has walk-in shower and whirlpool tub. Spacious living room (can accommodate formal dining area) features a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling southern exposure windows facing the deck and large landscaped lawn. Oversized kitchen with plenty of cabinet and counter space, and recently replaced appliances. Large thermal/double-pane E-glass windows in every room. Wooded backyard overlooks grove of rhododendrons.


Pergola covered deck added in 2005, 426 sq. ft. with raised garden. Professionally landscaped property with over 100 shrubs, trees and flowering plants added within the last 5 years. New stone walkway and patio added 2005. Quarter acre lawn roto tilled and newly seeded in fall 2006. Mature oak, maple and dogwood trees on lot give shade in summer. Shed, vinyl covered steel, 8 ft. by 10 ft. To meet outdoor storage needs (purchased in 1998).

Lot Size .2758 acres Lot Size (sq feet) 12,012.


Cathedral wood ceilings throughout house, wood floors, tiling and wall-to-wall carpet. Large, designer windows and skylights. Big hearth and fireplace. Custom oversized front door. House updated and remodeled in keeping with the historical character of the original design.

Bedrooms: 3 Full baths: 2

1500 sq ft. living space.

Living Room: 22 ft. by 16 ft. Spacious enough for formal dining area. Wood burning fireplace. Hardwood floors. Floor to ceiling windows. Ceiling fan. Custom made wood shades.

Master Bedroom Suite: 21.6 ft. by 11 ft. wall-to-wall carpet, designer windows. Master Bath: 7.75 ft. by 9.6 ft. whirlpool tub, walk-in shower, tiled floors, decorator windows

Second Bedroom: 11.4 ft. by 11.25 ft. large windows Second Bath: 4.9 ft. by 9.3 ft. tiled floors, skylight, and linen closet

Third Bedroom: 12.8 ft by 11.3 ft. Wood flooring, skylight, bay window, separate entrance, large closet 11.4 ft. by 4.2 ft.

Eat –in - Kitchen: 18 ft. by 10 ft. with space for informal eating area. Oversized windows, skylight and tiled flooring. Appliances: dishwasher, disposal, stove with exhaust fan, and refrigerator. All Major appliances replaced within the last 5 years.

Utility Room with Front-Loading Washer and Dryer: 7.9 ft by 9.8 ft. Tiled flooring, skylight walk-in closet and pantry storage.

Home upgrades:

Remodeled 1987: New kitchen, laundry room, Hall bathroom renovated, with skylight; Master Bedroom Suite added including: standalone shower and Kohler whirlpool tub.

Double Pane, E glass windows added to ’87 addition.

Remodeled 1990: Double Pane, E glass with Argon gas added to all remaining windows.

Remodeled 1993: wood floors throughout living room and hallway to bedrooms. Tiling in kitchen, bathrooms, and utility room.

Remodeled 1998: closed in carport to create new bedroom with own entrance into house, 9000 BTU furnace and 5000 BTU air conditioning unit. Floor covered in Pergola. Skylight, double pane with E glass added to room along with double pane with E glass bay window. Large closet added to room.


Heat: Forced air Natural Gas (furnace installed 2005) and Natural Gas wall unit (1998) in third bedroom.

Air Conditioning: Central air (unit installed 2005) and wall unit (1998) in third bedroom.

Hot Water: Natural Gas.

Radon Removal System 2004.

County road, water and sewer.


House on cul-de-sac ending in county park area.

Model Name: Luria;

Exterior Wood Siding – painted in 2006

Year built 1954

Real Estate Taxes 2006: $4,402.60 Parcel ID: 059-2-/08/09/0014-1

Legal Description: Holmes Run Acres, Lot 14, Block 9, Section 9.

Community Link and Discussion Group: Holmes Run Acres:

Other Links:

US Department of the Interior, National Park Service National Register of Historic Places, at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources website: see page 30 for a description on 3408 Hartwell Court

Modern Capital Blogsite, 12/31/06

Washington Post Article: The Ranch, an Architectural Archetype Forged on the Frontier, By Katherine Salant, Saturday, December 30, 2006


We have been landscaping for the past 2 years, so the photos are of the outside. The latest upgrade was seeded grass, done in the fall of 2006, so the lawn is in better shape than some of the pictures show.

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