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The historical spirit will be alive at Fourth of July celebrations at both Mount Vernon and Monticello. These fine examples of the Southern Colonial style have inspired many Northern Virginia houses.

Following this Southern Colonial style, the brick structure of this home displays white columns rising two stories beneath the central gable and the blue shake-shingle roof. The pillars frame the front door and the multipaned, arched Palladian window above. The windows are symmetrically arranged on either side of the entrance.

Beyond the front door with its decorative glass insets, the two-story entrance hall features an elaborate chandelier that conveys, above wainscoted walls. It is open to the living and dining rooms on either side, in the true colonial tradition. Both rooms include Brazilian hardwood floors beneath crown molding, while the dining room also features wainscoting and another chandelier that conveys.

A multipaned glass door connects the living room with the office or home library. Beneath a beamed ceiling, this room provides two walls of built-in hardwood bookshelves, plus hardwood floors and a hardwood mantel. Hardwood frames surround the windows and the multipaned doors that lead to the rear sunroom.

Sliding glass doors connect the sunroom with the wooden deck. The sunroom features a full-length brick mantel, part of a two-sided brick fireplace. The opposite side appears in the family room, which is also open to the front parlor. The modern trend of blending a formal Colonial front area with an open, flowing floor plan is evidenced in this home.

Brazilian hardwood floors and crown molding continue from the living room into the family room. Beneath its slanted skylit ceiling, this space boasts a wall of windows and sliding glass doors opening onto the deck. Three steps lead from the deck to the stone patio, and both areas overlook the wooded, fenced rear lot.

The family room is also open to the breakfast area, which features a contemporary chandelier that conveys and an expansive view of the deck. The renovated kitchen features upscale stainless-steel appliances and granite counters, including a cooking bar. The rear kitchen adjoins the front dining room, which leads to the entrance hall, completing the flowing floor plan. Also in the entrance hall, the winding wooden stairway faces the powder room.

From the second-story landing, the entrance hall provides another impressive view. The landing leads to the master suite, with an office or sitting area to its side. Adjoining the front bedroom, the rear bath provides a jetted tub with a tile surround, a separate shower with a floor-to-ceiling tile backsplash and two separate vanity counters.

Three other bedrooms share a hallway bath, while the fifth bedroom features built-in bookshelves and an adjoining private bath. New carpeting appears throughout this level.

A full bath with a glass-enclosed shower is in the recently carpeted, lower-level recreation room, which has a full-length brick fireplace.

This area is also open to the game room, the media space and to an eating area with a wet bar, hardwood floors and a contemporary chandelier. A private room here can also be used as a bedroom. A multipaned door in the recreation area leads up to the patio.

A two-car garage adjoins the kitchen.

One-and-a-half miles away, a Giant supermarket is located in the Greenbriar Shopping Center. As part of the Century Oak community, residents of this home can enjoy the swimming pool, playground and tennis courts. The public schools are Navy Elementary, Franklin Middle and Oakton High.

Specialties of the House

Location: 12592 Misty Creek Lane, Fairfax

Price: $949,000

Taxes: $8,490

HOA fee: $380 quarterly

Built: 1989

Style: Southern Colonial

Lot size: 0.28 acre

Bedrooms: 5

Baths: 4 full, 1 half

Square footage: 4,800

Fireplaces: 4

Contact: Micki Lyons, Century 21 New Millennium, 703-502-3872