Characteristics And Benefits Of Buying A Single-Family Home In Fairfax County

The phrase “single-family home” is something you’ll often see when browsing through real estate listings in Fairfax County. A single-family home might seem easy to define: It’s a home for a single family, right? Eh, not exactly. To be classified as a single-family home in Fairfax County, there are requirements the property must meet. What are those requirements? Let’s take a look.

What is a single-family home?

The legal description for a single-family home is “a structure maintained and used as a single dwelling unit.” So what does that mean exactly? A single dwelling unit will have these characteristics:

No Common Walls

A single-family home is a stand-alone, detached property. This means the home doesn’t share common walls or a roof with any other dwelling.


Single-Family home has no shared property but is built on its own parcel of land. The area around the building is for the private use of the owner.

Entrance And Exit

Single-Family home has its own private and direct access to a street or thoroughfare. This is as opposed to an apartment, which has hallways and a lobby that leads to street access.


Only one set of utilities can service a single-family home and may not be shared in any way with another residence. This applies to heating, electricity, water, or any other essential service.

One Owner

A single-family home is built as the residence for one family, person, or household, whose owner has an undivided interest in the property.

Single Kitchen

Single-Family home has one kitchen. Adding a kitchen to an in-law suite or carriage house will alter a home’s zoning classification.

Benefits Of Buying A Single-Family Home In Fairfax County

The type of home you buy in Fairfax County depends on your budget and needs. A single-family home will suit you if you are seeking privacy. Since it is built on its own slice of land, you’ll have some distance from your neighbors.

You’ll also probably enjoy the extra storage space of an attic or garage in a single-family house in Fairfax County.

Single-family homes in Fairfax County also come in many different architectural styles—whether ranch, Colonial, Mid-Century Modern, Cape Cod—as opposed to the more straightforward design of a condo.

Properties in Fairfax County

Welcome home to this expanded and upgraded Colonial home in the heart of McLean.

6910 Southridge Dr

Set on the corner of a cul de sac on a quiet street, this home has been meticulously cared for for over 17 years by the same family. With 6 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and 2 full kitchens, this home offers more value than any other home in the area. The wood fireplace and cozy living room welcome you as you enter. The first floor bedroom doubles as an in-law suite, with a full bath, kitchen, and laundry. The renovated, eat in Chef's Kitchen boasts beautiful, rich cabinets, granite countertops, dual sinks, gas range, oversized vent hood, ample counter space, and is complete with an island. The dining room is all windows, and offers an abundance of natural light, as well as heated floors. The second floor has 5 full bedrooms, including the master suite. In addition to the second floor family room, wet bar and second fireplace, this master suite has ample closet space, a beautiful bathroom with heated floors, the second laundry, and a bonus room that can be used as a nursery, a gym, a second office, or whatever your heart desires!!! The 3 patios, covered porch, and custom deck offer great outdoor space. And the full 2 car garage is equipped with an electric car charger. This home is the perfect colonial in McLean, and it can be yours!!!! Ask your agent for the recent appraised value!! Check out our virtual tour and our Matterport property layout. This home is the Real Deal!!! [Southridge - $1,219,000]

Gorgeous NEW Luxury Home in Excellent Location*Rare find - 0.

2232 Great Falls St

57 Acre Lot in West Falls Church*Haycock ES/Longfellow MS/McLean HS School Pyramid*Over 7,000 finished sqft on 3 levels*Total 7 Bedrooms & 7.5 Baths*5 BRs+ 5 Full Baths Upper Level*Main Level Bedroom & Full Bath*Huge Finished Walkout Bsmt with 7th BR & 7th Full Bath, Media Room, Exercise Room, Game Room & Rec Room (42x27)*Every Bed Room has its own Full Bath & Walk-in Closet*Crown Molding everywhere*Large Front Yard & Back Yard(0.57 Acre-Very Rare for this area)*Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floor*Big Open Kitchen (20x18) w/Quartz Countertop, Island, Huge Walk-in Pantry*2 Story Foyer*FR w/ Gas Fpl*Aluminum Casement Windows*DECK(19x14)*1.5 Miles (5 minutes) from both West Falls Church Metro Station & East Falls Church Metro*3 Minutes to Falls Plaza West Shopping Ctr* [West Falls Church - $1,549,900]

Welcome Home! This delightful home is truly move-in ready! Rarely available Stockbridge Model with Main-Level Master Bedroom Suite boasts a bright, open floor plan with fabulous updates! With over 3,800 sq.

9624 Laurel Oak Pl

ft. of living space, you will find the 5 bedrooms, 3.5 completely updated baths, updated kitchen, the spacious lower level, large deck, and extensive landscaping offers everything one needs for either relaxing or entertaining. Perfectly sited on a gorgeous cul-de-sac lot close to fabulous trails to Lake Mercer, South Run Rec Center, and Burke Lake Park and golf course. Long list of improvements (over $100,000 since 2016) to include: Kitchen remodel with stainless steel appliances, quartz counters and a gorgeous island with seating and ample storage. All bathrooms have been tastefully updated. Discover designer paint colors throughout, updated lighting, newer main level hardwoods, upper level carpet and lower level ceramic tile flooring. Gorgeous shutters and window treatments throughout. Newer water heater, washer and dryer. Roof replaced and gutters with leaf guard installed. New skylights in the Foyer, and a solar tube and new sliding glass doors added to the MBA. For complete description of improvements please see the attached Special Features Page and Brochure in the documents section. Popular South Run Oaks is conveniently located with access to nearby recreation opportunities, shopping, restaurants, and easy commuting options including I-95, Rte 123, Fairfax County Parkway, Lorton VRE, Springfield Metro, and commuter parking lots with Express Bus to Pentagon service. Please take a few minutes to enjoy the photos, video tour and the 3D walk-through tour at:!/ **Open Houses canceled for Sun, May 31st [South Run Oaks - $815,000]

Over 1/2 AC of serene living in tucked away waterfront community! Main house has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

8132 Bard St

Hardwood Flooring, Screened Porch & Deck off Kitchen, Enjoy the 3 Decks, 2 Fireplaces, Lower level Family Room and Theater Room. Fenced in rear yard. Bonus detached garage that can park 2-4 cars with an In-Law apartment above the garage. No HOA , The Harborview Recreation Club has an optional membership. Located just off the I-95, near Occoquan Marina , Mason Neck West Park and the VRE . [Fairfax County - $600,000]

Fabulous McLean model with 4 bedrooms and 4.

5203 High Grove Hills Ln

5 baths! Gorgeous cul-de-sac lot backing to trees! Fabulous privacy! Over 4000 finished square feet on 3 levels. There are 3 full baths on the upper level! You'll love the open floorplan. Huge kitchen adjoins 2 story family room with wood burning fireplace. The laundry room is conveniently located on the main level. Step outside from the family room onto the multi-layer deck with so much space! The deck overlooks the wooded fenced backyard and parkland! It's so private! The finished basement has a den and full bath plus tons of finished space - perfect for home theater, pool table, exercise, playroom - so many options! There's also a large unfinished room for storage and a workshop! Tour this house without even leaving your home - click the Tours button to view the 3D Matterport tour. It's just like walking through it in person! It's time to make your move!! [Hawthorne Forest - $825,000]

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3787 Penderwood Dr Drone Video at ** A notable stunning classic colonial located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods of Fairfax. Built by Toll Brothers, Fair Oaks Chase is an exclusive community of estate homes with top rated public schools Oakton High, Franklin Middle and Navy Elementary. This luxury home is located on a premium wooded lot backing to trees. The setting is remarkable, with the home commanding its premier position on a quiet cul-de-sac amongst the other homes. A truly rare home with a master bedroom on the main level, this home boasts incredible details, including brilliant material selections and luxurious comforts. Inside the home, this classic home includes the finest gourmet kitchen with a Wolf Range, Miele Double Oven, Miele Dishwasher & Jennair Refrigerator. Elegant granite countertop of Kashmir Gold with full bullnose edge and upgraded cabinets offer a remarkable experience for the chef. The 2 story expanded family room with an incredible 2-level stone gas fireplace and a wall of windows to the trees behind is an amazing venue to relax with family. The expanded breakfast room, a screened in porch & deck provide a gorgeous secluded setting. The upper level, with 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths, includes a princess suite with its own full bathroom. The main areas have been freshly painted and new carpets installed. The walkout basement, with 9 feet ceiling, is above ground and has a wall of windows flooding it with light. A stone face gas fireplace and a wet bar round off an amazing and open lower level. Professional custom landscaping includes an irrigation system and landscape lighting. The location is undeniably fantastic, and the home is within minutes of Fairfax Town Center, Fairfax Corner, Fair Oaks Mall and Reston Town Center. There are 5 grocery stores within a few miles and the metro bus to Vienna metro is a short walk outside the community. Come home to this exceptional property of 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 5,444 square feet of ultimate luxury living. Privacy in your own urban oasis! Expected on the Market May 30, 2020. [Fair Oaks Chase - $1,110,000]

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422 Dominion Rd SE

Amazing location. NO HOA. Walk to everything Downtown Vienna has to offer. Steps to the Vienna community center, W & OD trail and Whole Foods grocery store. Walk to Vienna Elementary. Fully updated 5BR/3FB single family rambler w/basement on quiet, safe and enjoyable community, located close to I66, 495, metro, restaurants, shops, schools, Tysons Corner and more. Renovated kitchen, updated baths, wood burning fireplace, Fenced yard. Large family room, dining room. Lower level In-law apartment has two bedrooms, full bath and separated kitchen and two sets of washers & dryers.Kitchen/Bathrooms updated: 2019 &2020; Brand New Hot water heater: 2019; Brand New Heatpump AC: 2017; Outdoor Shed: 2018; Kitchen appliances: 2017; Washer/Dryers: 2017; Roof:2006; [South Wind - $788,888]

Serene setting welcomes you to this updated 4 sides brick colonial on .

3207 Fox Mill Rd

5 acre lot with front porch, circular driveway & oversized sideload 2 car garage. **Oakton Swim membership**! Main level BR and remodeled full bath with mini kitchen and small den/family room perfect for in law suite. Huge kitchen with white cabinets, GE Profile stainless steel appliances, Bosch dishwasher, Jenn Air 5 burner cooktop, subway tile backsplash and hardwood floors opens to lovely family room with brick wood burning FP. Formal Dining room with bay casement windows and Living room with recessed lights & hardwood floors. Bonus updated Main level Powder room .Large sun filled Master suite with beautiful views of backyard, boasts a renovated Master bath with heated floors and walk in closet! Two additional generous sized Bedrooms on upper level. Lower level is finished with Recreation room and large office/possible 5th BR and beautifully renovated brand new full Bathroom. Side load garage is oversized with plenty of room for 2 cars and storage! Screened porch off kitchen perfect for relaxing and enjoying your private level lot with fenced rear yard backing to common area. .So well maintained throughout - Roof replaced in 2015! TOP rated Oakton schools and minutes to 66 and shopping. restaurants etc. HOA for common area maintenance- $100 per year. VIRTUAL TOUR LINK [Fox Vale Estates - $775,000]

UPDATE: All contracts due by 7 pm on Sunday, May 31.

6541 Sulky Ln

This home is a "diamond in the rough" within a wonderful neighborhood in Annandale. Sleepy Hollow Run has been called a "hidden gem of a neighborhood inside the beltway"! This home is set on a cul-de-sac on .38 of an acre. Backyard & deck overlook trees and is very private. Sit out on your deck and watch the birds and wildlife! This 2 level home has 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths, HW floors, large living room with a floor- to- ceiling window, separate dining room with sliding door out to deck. Large country kitchen has space for a table, plantation shutters on the floor- to- ceiling windows (overlooking the front of house). Brick wall on one side of kitchen adds to the charm. Sit on your front porch and converse with the neighbors. Lower level has large recreation room with door to backyard. Large bedroom and full bath for your overnight guests. Separate laundry room and large unfinished room that can be used for storage, a home gym, den, or workshop. Walk to Mason District Park for Farmer's Market, summer concerts, tennis, hiking trails, dog park, soccer and more. Walk over to play golf at nearby Pinecrest or take classes/walk through the gardens at Green Spring Park. Have some coffee at Starbucks or lunch at Five guys afterwards. Close to Bailey's Crossroads, 395, 495, 66, Tysons, Pentagon, DC, Crystal City (new Amazon headquarters), Thomas Jefferson HS. Borders Falls Church and Alexandria. Has "good bones" and is being sold "as is" at this wonderful price. Make it your dream home. Hurry, won't last long! NOTE: do not use path on left side of house to get to backyard. Very slippery and dangerous!! Need to get into backyard via deck off of dining room or sliding glass door in lower level. Thanks! [Sleepy Hollow Run - $535,000]

BACK on the market AFTER A GORGEOUS FACE LIFT, and looking stunning!! Beautifully updated, all new windows, flooring on main (composite wood look) and upper (carpet) ALL new kitchen, Stainless steel appliances, new cabinets, counters, lights, custom paint thru out.

13552 Point Pleasant Dr

HOME IS LIKE NEW!!!Roof and Furnace replaced in 2019. Master Bath updated, hall bath updated too. LOWER LEVEL BASEMENT has been partially finished, FULLY finished laundry room with tons of storage space. Basement has sliding glass doors to back patio!! Backs to parkland and creek, very private!. Awesome school pyramid, close to major routes, shops, schools, community trails, pool, tot lots, tennis, IAD airport, NRO (the list goes on and on) PLEASE adhere to state COVID restrictions. Face masks please, do not enter if sick. VIEW Virtual Tour Mattaport 3D tour! New kitchen island too! See photos. [Poplar Tree Estates - $685,000]

Stately Brick front Colonial with side loaded 2 car Garages on over 1 Acre~Upgrades Galore~New roof with architectural shingles~New windows in front with argon gas-filled panes~New wide-panel garage doors to match roof~Newer farm-style brown fence on front of house~Storage Shed 18 feet x 12 feet with 9~ thick reinforced concrete base~New extension to drive way for additional Car park~Features include 3 finished levels with Fully renovated kitchen area with solid wood cabinets and granite counter top~Hardwood entire top floor~4 Large Bedrooms with Spectacular Master Suite with Sitting room, 3 Closets & Cathedral Ceiling, Custom cabinet in MBR Closet~Luxury Master Bath~Movie Theater with tiered seating and 120 inch screen~This home is convenient to Route 7, Wiehle Avenue, Fairfax County Parkway, RTC, and the New Silver Line Metro~Move-in Ready~Take advantage of the historic low mortgage rates~Open House on May 31, 2020 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

1201 Shaker Dr


1703 Whitewood Ln

WONDERFUL SINGLE FAMILY ON CUL DE SAC WITH 1 CAR GARAGE! Close to shopping, restaraunts, Herndon Centennial Golf Course & W&OD Trail and Trailside Park. Beautiful updated 4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath, 1 Half Bath Home with Garage on private .25 Acre Cul de sac Lot. 2 Decks and fabulous Covered Porch for outdoor living. Spacious rooms for entertaining and everyday life. Many updates including new flooring on main level, new carpeting on upper level & lower level, HVAC, and much more! Kitchen with crisp White Cabinetry, Granite Countertops and 2 Pantrys. Kitchen has light-filled Breakfast Nook that is wide open to the Family Room. Formal Dining Room for Hostingthe next get together. Spacious Master Suite with stylish renovated Master Bath and Walk-in Closet with Organizing System. Updated Hall Bath. Lower level is the ideal space to host a game day party or have movie night. Close to area amenities. Minutes from Reston Town Center, Silver Line Metro, Dulles International Airport, Old Town Herndon and Tysons. This is the home you have been searching for! [Forest Ridge - $515,000]


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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.