House of the Week | Alexandria Colonial for $4.25M

Built in 1989, along the banks of the Potomac River, this center-hall Colonial in Alexandria takes full advantage of its location.

The land was once owned by George Washington as part of his Mount Vernon estate. It was settled by the Washington family in the mid-1600s, and the estate was later renamed Mount Vernon in honor of an admiral in the British Royal Navy, Edward Vernon, who had been the commander of Washington’s older half-brother Lawrence.

But it is not just its history that sets this 8,117-square-foot home apart from the rest. Center-hall Colonials are ubiquitous in this area, but few reside in idyllic waterfront settings.

“When you open the front door, the first thing you see is the long center hall and the water on the other end,” listing agent Jason Mandel of Washington Fine Properties said. “That’s the ‘wow’ factor for the house.”

The river was central to the design. Walls of glass on the rear of the home flood the space with natural light and provide sweeping views of the Potomac.

The house also takes its cue from its neighbor, Mount Vernon. Period details, such as soaring windows and intricate moldings, create elegance in the formal rooms.

The spacious family room is warmed by a fireplace, one of seven in the home, and the light pouring through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Bowers Design Build won an award from the D.C. chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for its renovation of the kitchen. Besides incorporating lighter colors and making the space more inviting, the firm added a coffered ceiling to the room to mute the glare caused by the sun bouncing off the water and onto the plain white ceiling. It also replaced the stone fireplace surround with wood moldings called Strawberry Hill, a nod to Mount Vernon.

The five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home includes an elevator, a wine cellar, a fitness room, an outdoor swimming pool, a spacious outdoor deck and a 60-foot private dock with boat and jet-ski lifts. It is listed at $4.25 million.

Listing: 9380 Mount Vernon Cir., Alexandria

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