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

This meticulously maintained home can be yours.

14704 Braddock Rd

Not only is this beautiful home conveniently located in Centreville, VA near stores, airport, and commuter stations. This home has been remodeled with great detail, offering hardwood floors throughout. All bathrooms have been remodeled, as well as the kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a gourmet set up. The backyard was given special love for entertainment with a large stone patio, and for your grilling pleasure, yes, the grills convey with this home. Come on by, I'm sure you will fall in love. [None Available - $590,000]

See this light and bright beautiful 4bdrm 3.

3148 Cobb Hill Ln

5bth. home *Offers your buyer the illusion of seclusion* Large eat in Kitchen w/ walk-in pantry* Formal Dining and Living Rm w/ hardwood floors* Large Family Rm. w/ fireplace* Wonderful Sunroom w/ heat/AC* Finished lower level w/ bath. Recently Renovated Trex deck with screened in porch - over $100,000 in renovations. Basement bonus room can be used as a bedroom or den. 1 Year HSA Warranty Included. Seller willing to include Oakton Swim & Racquet Club membership. Currently there is a 7 year wait list. 1 Year HSA home warranty included. [Vale Park West - $799,990]

Stunning five bedroom, six and a half bathroom contemporary home ideally situated on a beautifully landscaped spacious lot in Vienna.

120 Kingsley Rd SW

From the moment you enter the home, the grandeur of the bright, open floor plan and meticulous attention to detail will surround you. The cathedral-level entryway with open views to the beautiful back yard is the first indication that you are in truly special home. Every room is exquisitely finished with custom craftsmanship and striking architectural detail. Brazilian cherry hardwoodflooring and stairs, iron railings, custom moldings and ceilings, selection of fixtures, and custom built-in furnishings add to the exclusivity of the home. The gourmet kitchen will delight the home chef with custom cabinetry, quartzite countertops,ample storage and counter spaces, along with an expansive island and plenty of space for entertaining. The master suite is impressive with sitting room, custom closets, built-in vanity, fireplace, and more. The ensuite bath features custom marble, cabinetry, frameless rain shower, and soaking tub. All of the bathrooms in the home feature custom marble and custom finishes. Endless flexible living spaces will be enjoyed with two main-level bedroom suites: a guest suite and a master suite, a private 1100 sqft suite above the garage, and a finished lower level with exercise room, hobby room, wine room, theater room, and additional open space. Vienna is beloved for their quiet neighborhoods with a sense of community along with all of the amenities enjoyed by suburban dwellers. Nearby endless retail, dining, and entertainment options. Residents also enjoy plenty of green spaces and recreation possibilities. Commuters will appreciate the easy access to I66, I 495 and Rt 123. [Vienna - $2,295,000]

Fabulous opportunity to own in Willow Woods neighborhood with excellent schools and community! Great home, center colonial with wonderful oak, hardwood flooring on main level and upper level - refinished in 2019.

8917 Braeburn Dr

New paint, neutral colors - interior and exterior. New roof 2017, HVAC 2012 with 10-year warranty. Amazing all-season room addition to back of house surrounded by park-like setting! Underground sprinkler system, oversized garage and attached storage space. Enjoy backyard privacy from cedar, custom deck with seating for many guests, facing a professionally landscaped backyard area. Entertain guests in generous-sized kitchen, living room, dining room and all-season room. Four bedrooms upstairs with MBA recently remodeled. Amazing community amenities including pool, swim and dive team and social activities sponsored by civic association throughout the year! All commuter routes nearby with metro bus stop in walking distance! Come to visit and never leave with your whole family! [Willow Woods - $699,900]

Heart of Annandale!Perfect location,Easy access to 495,Stunning 3 Level Colonial Single Family with 7 BR and 6.

3905 Hummer Rd

5 BA.w/28,258 sq ft and many architectural details, Situated on beautifully landscaped , gleaming hardwoods throughout the main and upper levels. Gourmet, eat-in kitchen with granite countertops, large kitchen island, pantry, stainless steel appliances and built in desk area. large private deck, perfect for entertaining. Hidden back staircase to upper bedroom level. recessed lighting and brick fireplace. Formal Dining Room features picture frame moldings,three car garage. Master in-suite with tray ceilings, soaking tub, nice shower glass door, his and her walk-in closets and dressing area. Walk up lower level features rec room, large storage room, play room, Skylights,Beautiful Hardwood Floors,Vaulted Ceilings,Great Windows,,Sunroom,Balcony,Deck,Huge Basement w/living room,Bedroom,Full Bath w/Private Entry & Driveway,structure Ready to build small attic rooms. [Annandale Woods - $1,490,900]

This home has been completely transformed in 1995 changing the square footage to 375- sq ft per owner and the changes are dramatic!!!.

6803 Lamp Post Ln

Contract fell out.

3004 Havencrest St

Pending release.Designer model home sited on .87 acres in a cul-de-sac backing to trees. Enjoy this stunning model home. Five bedrooms four and one half baths. Huge entertaining deck. Walk-out to a cobble stone patio and fire pit. Main level office, two story foyer, huge master suite with dual closets and expanded master bath. Vaulted ceiling. New marble upper bath. New roof, new kitchen, newer HVAC and hot water unit, three new garage doors, Large fenced-in shaded dog park. Oakton Highschool pyramid. A must see. [Bennett Farms - $1,049,900]

Pictures coming soon -Rare 2 car garage detached single-Owner /Agent- Requires 3 hours notice and agent approval-Ask for additional ready plans to expand above the garage !.

8610 Langport Dr

**OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 7/21 CANCELED ** Meticulously maintained, one of a kind home in historic Herndon.

894 Station St

This grand home features an open floor plan with high ceilings with over 5,000 square feet of well-designed living space. It boast 6 bedrooms, 6 and one half bathrooms, 2 fireplaces, oversized 2 car garage, and a finished basement. All spacious bedrooms include a walk-in closet and full bathroom. A walkout off the main level provides a tranquil setting with beautiful professional landscaping perfect for entertaining. Lots of improvements and additions made to the home that make it unique and low maintenance. Square footage noted on the taxes are incorrect. Located within close proximity of local restaurants, bike trails, and the future Herndon metro. NEW roof to be installed in the next couple weeks! [Herndon Park - $1,099,000]

Gourmet Kitchen Completely Remodeled ~ SS Appliances, SS Apron Sink, DBL Induction Oven, Luxury Granite, Roof 2010 (25 yr.

3229 Autumn Hill Ct

shingles), 2018 HVAC - top of line Trane!, Windows 2018 (ProVia Endure), Nest System, Beautiful new flooring throughout main level, freshly painted through-out, 2019 new vanities in hall bath and Master bath! Located in sought after Franklin Farms! So much more! Call for info today! Open Sunday July 21st from 12-4pm! [Franklin Farm - $679,999]

Here is a rare chance to own a slice of classic mid-century modern history at an affordable price! With 1,312 square feet of living space, this 1950 home in Hollin Hills, Alexandria was designed by Charles M.

1812 Drury Ln

Goodman, one of the preeminent progressive architects of the era and the creative force behind the community. A curved driveway sweeps in off Drury Lane, revealing a secluded Shangri-La of contemporary style. The split-level home with its low-pitched roof and wide overhangs is on an ungraded 0.34 acre lot, surrounded by lush vegetation and wild beauty. A massive chimney spans almost the width of the cubist-inspired house. Inside, the main living area embraces the great room concept with polished hardwood floors and an entire wall of uninterrupted floor-to-ceiling windows. It~s the classic modernist ethos of inviting the outside in!At one end of the large open space is a wide brick hearth, fireplace and matching firewood storage box, with Atomic Age wood paneling to the side. An open contemporary kitchen with finished concrete floor has been upgraded with stainless steel appliances and custom cabinets. There are two bedrooms on the lower level with new carpeting as well as huge window walls and glass doors leading directly outside. The two upstairs bedrooms have been opened up into one massive master sleep space with hardwood floors. In short, the entire home retains the classic Goodman mid-century modern feel. All it needs is some additional TLC, reflected in the as-is price. DescriptionsThe one-third acre lot itself is an inspiration, with mature trees, bamboo, patio, koi pond and rustic low brick walls coiling around the periphery. A cool storage cabin is tucked away in back and a charming wooden walkway leads to Voight Park next-door. One of the defining principals of Hollin Hills has always been the merging of home and nature. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and listen to the bird songs. [Hollin Hills - $719,000]

A custom paver driveway and walkway lead up to this brick front Shenandoah model on a quant cul-de-sac.

9204 Fox Lair Dr

The Foyer, with new light fixture and coat closet, is flanked by the Living and Dining Room. A new chandelier and new carpeting grace the formal dining room with chair rail. Remodeled Kitchen upgrades include freshly painted white cabinetry, granite countertops, glass mosaic backsplash, and new black stainless-steel Samsung & Bosch appliances. Enjoy family meals in the breakfast room brightened by the light fixture. Wide patio door with built-in blinds leads to the deck. Cozy up around the brick wood burning fireplace in the family room with built-ins and recessed lighting. A second sliding glass door opens to the rear deck overlooking the lush woodlands. The remodeled main level powder room and laundry room, with newer Samsung washer and dryer, complete the main level. On the upper level, the generously sized master bedroom is adorned with custom built-ins in the walk-in closet and an updated master bath. Three additional bedrooms, one with a walk-in closet, share an upgraded hall bathroom with quartz countertops. The fully finished walkout lower level boasts a recreation room featuring built-ins, new carpeting, and newer half bath. Utilize the lower level den as an office or playroom. From the recreation room, walk out onto the paver patio and take in the protected woodland views. Entertain on the extensive patio with outdoor propane gas grill, firepit, hardscape, outdoor ambient lighting, and year-round covered hot tub. Additional upgrades include an energy efficient tankless hot water heater, Nest thermostats, irrigation system, upgraded amperage, and CAT5 patch panel. [Fox Lair - $649,900]

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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.