For those who yearn for the charms of a small-town lifestyle but demand also the easiest of access to all of the modern amenities of Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, this gorgeous home in historic Clifton, VA combines the best of both worlds. Declared a National Historic District in 1985, Clifton is an enchanting small town within Fairfax County that has kept all of its charm, warmth, and undisturbed natural beauty since its founding in the late 1800s. White picket fences of 120-year-old homes line Clifton’s main streets, while an old general store and a scattering of restaurants, pubs, and local shops make up the quaint town center. But amid this tranquil small town setting is the bustling metropolis of Fairfax County itself, one of the major commercial hubs for thousands of high tech industries in the U.S. - all just miles from the nation’s capital. Fairfax has top-class schools, roads and public transport systems, and quick and easy access to Washington, DC. Clifton is located about 25 miles from DC and about 12 miles to Washington Dulles International Airport, and conveniently accessible to all the major commuter routes such as Route 66, Fairfax County Parkway, and Route 123.
Befitting the charms and natural beauty of historic Clifton, this home is on 7.5 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and backs into a 5,000-acre nature preserve. From the moment of entry through the elegant iron gate and driveway, we traverse through the lush, colorful gardens and sloping pathways, to arrive at a stunningly grand, four-story brick and stone home that seems perfectly suited for this historic town. With its beautiful views, landscapes and outdoor living spaces, this home has all of the amenities for the outdoors-centered lifestyle. But its magnificent interiors, with a home theater, library, wine cellar, 4-car garage, an elevator, and other amenities, might cause you to pause before you even consider venturing outdoors. The brilliance of this home design though, is the transition between indoors and outdoors. In addition to fully functional and equipped porches, covered balconies and spacious decks of the main residence, a uniquely designed, detached pavilion includes an indoor lap pool/spa, a spacious clubroom with full bath and kitchenette, and a covered veranda with outdoor kitchen/bar and multiple seating areas. The pavilion has large windows that allow for natural sunlight and additional views of the spectacular landscapes, further highlighting the indoor-outdoor transition. This is not just an estate; it is a retreat, a sanctuary amidst the hustle and bustle of life in the Washington, DC area.