A private retreat in Fairfax Station offers homeowners luxury and efficiency.
The drive can take you back in time or sometimes, seemingly, make time stand still- like magic. We all know how much an escape from the hustle and bustle of life in DC can be. Imagine that everyday, you can return home to your own private sanctuary less than thirty miles from DC in the wooded bliss of Fairfax Station. Set back in the scenic country roads of luxurious equestrian community, Foxfire in Fairfax Station, the possibility of living in a gorgeous natural setting while being just close enough to the modern niceties that Northern Virginia and DC allow is now yours for the taking. When hearing the word foxfire, I thought, why have I heard this before? Well, indeed, I had heard it in the lore of my childhood, a place where magic happens and animals could see at night not due to keen eyesight, but due to the gentle chartreuse glow of mycelium in a bio-luminescent rapture. In deep forests of rich soil and tall hardwood trees, you’ll find foxfire, a gloriously charming evening glow from these sacred mycelium. It is magical; so it is only fortunate that the property at 8610 Running Fox Court is set back in the community of Foxfire in Fairfax Station.
A charming country drive will bring you to the gated property, which beckons you to come in and explore. Right at the end of the wooded drive, flanked on either side for acres and acres by towering hardwood trees, flowering trees, rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and thousands of other plants that have been lovingly cared for for over twenty-five years is a pristine, well-kept English Tudor home. The gardens go on and on, each season bringing new beauty and vistas to the grounds. The goldfish pond’s trickle sends a relaxing hush through the back patio, creating a place of tranquility and majesty where three stories up, you can hear the wind twisting through the leaves and soft calls of birds. Ideal for a lover of nature and gardens, this property exudes relaxation with its many options for outdoor activity, gardening, and dare we say, flower cutting.
You would need a place to set those fantastic arrangements once you’d finished your exploring outdoors. How about inside of the four bedroom, four bath 5,996 square foot home? Enter at the lucky red custom steel front doors to a foyer which greets you with meticulously-stained solid oak stairs; to the left, a full bathroom, a light and bright library and plenty of the southwestern exposure light and views of the front gardens. To the right, a light and bright living room. Making your way back through the first living space you’ll find a formal dining room complete with detailed parquet floors and happens to be oriented to the northeast with magnificent clad Pella windows, allowing for a view of the back gardens, and century-old hardwood trees.
Heading left will take you into the eat-in gourmet kitchen which was redesigned two years ago to feature a breathtaking slab of Juperana Arandis filled with pieces of garnet and laboradorite as the central, barstool-ready prep island. This kitchen has rich and warm custom cabinets, all stainless steel appliances, a convection oven as well as a double oven and very organized pantry. The breakfast nook of the kitchen is facing a set of windows which overlooks a goldfish pond below and the back patio beyond. Pressing on to the westernmost room, you’ll find a grand sized living room complete with wet bar and conversation starting architectural detail.
As we head upstairs, you come to the first of four amply-sized bedrooms, the master suite complete with custom Italian glass decorative tiles and sinks to match. From the bottom up, this home is full of secret spaces, from the winding paths in the garden ending up at a private sitting area, to a full floor of attic space which could be converted into very functional and efficient use of space. The attic sub floor is down and ready for your creativity.
In the basement, you will find access to the two car garage which is very organized and has plenty of storage. In the mechanical room, the HVAC system is housed and you will find the ductwork wrapped in insulating foil for maximum energy efficiency. Another clue that these builders were ahead of their time are the 2×12 Hem Fir joists which are super strong, and were meant to stand the test of time. In the first floor study, there is also an Octa-therm fireplace, which has fans that recirculate the hot air produced by the fireplace throughout the home. This is highly cost-effective for energy savings in this home. You will find another full bath in the basement as well as two rooms which have been utilized as a potting studio (even with a kiln) and a wood working room where one of the homeowners planned to build boat!
You can imagine all sorts of amazing things in this fabulous, luxury home. There is nothing else like it on the market; meticulously kept gardens, energy efficiencies on multiple levels, beautiful setting which is convenient to Northern Virginia and DC. It is like the mythical unicorn of properties; you can imagine them sometimes, but what happens when you actually find it? You make it your own.