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When someone mentions a colonial home, itís easy to picture an imposing, authentic 18th century brick structure with symmetrical shuttered windows framing the entrance portico. It has long been Northern Virginiaís most popular architectural style, largely because it can be adapted to dwellings like this one, which combines that classic colonial tradition with a more casual, contemporary flair.

Specialties of the HouseLocation: 1156 Kettle Pond Lane, Great FallsPrice: $799,999Taxes: $7,659HOA fee: $6 monthlyBuilt: 1977Style: ColonialLot size: 0.50 acresBedrooms: 4Baths: 2 full, 1 halfSquare footage: 3,300Fireplace: 1Contact: Christine Richardson, Weichert, 703-231-1812

Featuring fresh white vinyl siding, this Great Falls house follows a modern trend. At the same time, its classical details appear in the broken-pediment front door, framed by symmetrical shuttered multipaned windows. Among the recent improvements, hardwood floors lend a colonial touch to the first and second stories.

Following the classic colonial design, the living and dining rooms stand on either side of the entrance hall. In a more contemporary spirit, the foyer also faces the rear breakfast room, which is open to the kitchen and the family room with its full-length fireplace. In this way, the house follows todayís most popular trend, by blending a formal colonial front area with an open, flowing rear.

Adding another welcome modern note, the kitchen was updated three years ago, with stainless steel appliances and granite counters. The kitchen also features the glass doors leading to the wooded half-acre rear lot. The powder room adjoins the kitchen.

The second story also shows the modern spirit, with the master suite occupying nearly a third of the entire level. Behind the front bedroom, the new master bath features dramatic black tiles and a dual vanity sink. The other three bedrooms share a hallway bath.

With its carpeted recreation room, the lower level was finished in 2012, adding another contemporary note.

The front-loading two-car garage adjoins the kitchen, providing yet another modern convenience. Two miles away, a Safeway supermarket and pharmacy is located on Georgetown Pike. The local public schools are Forestville Elementary, Cooper Middle and Langley High.