FROGS: History of Green Spring Gardens

FROGS (Friends of Green Spring) is dedicated solely to the support of Green Spring Gardens, a unique Fairfax County (Virginia) Park Authority site.  A gem of a public garden and historic site, the garden's 31 acres offer a multitude of settings, features, and programs to inspire and educate gardeners, provide a place for quiet contemplation for all, and open a window into the county's cultural past. Continue reading

Pressure Mounts on Return to School in Fairfax County

The week of Oct. 19 held important information for Fairfax County Public Schools families.
THE BOARD approved the FY2021 Revised Budget acting on Gov. Northam's Oct. 8 announcement of new allocations of the CARES Act dollars, allotting $32.2 million to Fairfax County Public Schools. The total is based on a formula of $175 per pupil for fall enrolment. Fairfax City's allocation of $0.52 million will run through FCPS. The figure for Fairfax County, the highest in the Commonwealth, is just under 1 percent of the County's school budget of $3.2 billion for this year. According to the release by the Office of the Governor, "The funding will support COVID-19 preparedness and response measures for the 2020–2021 school year, including testing supplies, personal protective equipment, sanitization, and technology for distance learning." Tamara D. Kaufax, Lee District Representative, said, "Time is of the essence," referencing that funds must be spent by Dec. 30. The Board unanimously approved the funding and allocated it toward the Corona Relief Fund (CRF) with proposed expenditures to be determined. Full story: Pressure Mounts on Return to School in Fairfax County

Properties in Fairfax County

SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT!! NO HOA! Custom built in 2015! This 5 bedroom, 5.

8419 Overlook St

5 bath home has 7,210 sq. ft. of living space and is situated on a premium 0.795 acre lot adjacent to Tysons Woods Park at the end of a quiet street. It’s only minutes from downtown Vienna, the City of Fairfax, Tysons Corner, Wolf Trap, the Metro Orange & Silver Lines, I495, and Route 66. The W&OD bike trail is also only 0.2 miles away via Tysons Woods Park. A huge deck (22’ x 44’) overlooks the fully-fenced serene rear yard. This home was built to last. All exterior walls are ICF (8” of steel-reinforced concrete wrapped on both sides by 2-3/8” of EPS foam), which provides a continuously high R-value, reduced air infiltration, & high thermal mass. This type of construction coupled with 4-zone heating & cooling, 2 whole-house high-efficiency natural gas tankless hot water heaters, and LED lighting throughout results in incredibly low energy bills. Don’t worry about power outages because there’s a whole-house natural gas generator to keep your electricity on endlessly. No details were spared in the design of this home. There are many places to relax, dine, and entertain. The primary bedroom has two walk-in closets with custom shelves & dumbwaiter access, a coffee bar with cabinets, marble tops, & refrigerator, a French door to a private balcony overlooking the rear yard, and a gas fireplace with marble surround. The primary bath has a 2-person Americh Quantum air tub with marble deck, a fiber optic star ceiling, custom shower with dual shower rain heads & wand with Moen I/O Digital control valve and a double vanity with marble top. The second bedroom has a large walk-in closet, a private bath with marble vanity top & large shower, and a French door to a private balcony overlooking the rear yard. There is also a bedroom on the main level with a large walk-in closet, a private bath with stone vanity top & large shower, an electric fireplace with custom furniture-grade surround, and a French door to the deck. The chef’s kitchen has a French door to the deck, a huge center island with granite tops, bar seating, & prep sink with garbage disposer, Electrolux Icon appliance collection (separate all refrigerator & all freezer, 48” dual-fuel double oven range, under-counter wine refrigerator, & professional-series dishwasher); a separate icemaker in the island, and a custom utility closet with built-in tiled floor sink. The two-story great room has polished Venetian plaster wall finish, 2 French doors to the deck, and a 60” gas fireplace with marble surround & hearth seat. The lower level is on grade with the rear yard and has 2 SGDs to the covered patio, a full bedroom, a full bath, a large media room with sound-reducing construction & theater lighting, and a custom stone bar (including base & wall cabinets with glass doors, wine storage, & stemware holder, Santa Margherita Italian quartz countertops, custom mirrored wall, sink with garbage disposer, dishwasher, under-counter icemaker, under-counter microwave, refrigerator/freezer with icemaker, under-cabinet LED lights, & disco ball). Even better in person – schedule a showing today! [Hilltop - $2,500,000]

**Open Houses held at the Model Home -- 7201 Elizabeth Dr Mclean VA Sat/Su 1-4pm** Situated on a premium lot in one of McLean’s sought-after neighborhoods, Green Building Group is pleased to present the newest Hansborough model.

1138 Basil Rd

Superior craftsmanship, luxury finishes, and attention to detail are evident throughout this magnificent home featuring a modern combination of Glass, Stone, Stucco, and Wood to create this bold and modern exterior finish. The open floor plan of Hansbrough features over 10,000 sq. ft. of living space with oversized rooms perfect for large scale entertaining. The custom double front entry Iron door leads you into the 30 ft long grand foyer with a two-story floor to ceiling glass wall and the modern floating staircase. 7.5” white oak hardwood floors grace the 1st Floor and 2nd floor with 10ft ceilings and elaborate ceiling designs, Pella black windows, modern light fixtures, custom trim throughout, and modern 8' solid doors. The Gourmet kitchen is highlighted by Miele appliances featuring a 30” wine fridge, 30" fridge, 30" freezer and ice machine. The 10ft black leathered island with waterfall edges is highlighted by the white modern slab cabinetry and full height quartz backsplash. The Formal Family room boasts a book matched porcelain fireplace surround with custom cabinetry flanking each side. The 16’ Pella sliding doors lead you an oversized covered screened porch that doubles the entertainment space. The 2nd floor includes 3 full guest bedrooms with on-suite bathrooms and large walk-in closets. The laundry room can service two sets of washer/dryers. The impressive master bedroom suite includes not only separate walk-in closets but also a private yoga balcony and an oversized walk-in shower with multiple shower heads and a free-standing bath creating a full spa experience. The main bedroom includes a private access to the Family Lounge and to the 2nd floor covered porch. The finished basement includes a full bedroom with on suite bathroom and walk-in closet. The game room features a wet bar with 2-drawers undercounter fridge, 8ft island with elaborate wall trim, Media room with platform seating, home gym, powder room and an office. 3-stop ELEVATOR included! The rear yard with ample space for the optional swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and firepit that will complete the full outdoor living experience. The oversized tandem garage is complete with the EV charger. This distinctive home is close to downtown McLean, Langley High school, CIA, Clemyjontri playground, walking trails, Tyson's, GW Pkwy and I-495. [Downscrest - $4,999,999]

Open House: Sat Aug 13 (1-4PM); Use Shoe Covers Provided.

4528 Orr Dr

List-Price Reflects Recent Appraisal Report Value. Review Features & Upgrades Under Docs. Better Than New: Fully Upgraded w/Over $180,000 Recent Upgrades! Make This NV Kingsmill Model Your Next Home; Short Walk to Chantilly High School, Rocky Run Middle & Poplar Tree Elementary Schools. The List of Upgrades Are Endless: NEW 50-Year Roof In 2022 w/Lifetime Warranty; NEW HVAC In 2021; NEW Energy Efficient Pane Windows; All Transferable Warranties. Freshly Painted Exterior & Interior; Main-Level: NEW Brazilian Cherry Hardwood & Tile Flooring; Upper-Level: NEW Carpeting / Padding; NEW Bath Flooring, NEW Quartz Countertops, NEW Sinks /Faucets; NEW GE Stainless Steel Appliances: Refrigerator, Double Wall Oven, 5-Burner Gas CookTop, Built-In Microwave, Dishwasher & NEW Washer/ Dryer. Stepping Into This Completely Renovated Home You Are Transformed Into A World of Simple Elegance & Comfort. Over 5,000 SQFT On 3-Finished Levels; This Traditional Open-Floor-Plan Is Inviting & Perfect For Family Gatherings & Entertaining. This Gorgeous Home Features A Covered Entryway That Leads Into An Elegant Foyer That Greets You & Draws Your Attention To Its Simple Lines Designed For Comfortable Living. Its Form & Function of Space is Superb, Offering Wonderful Traffic Flow On All Levels, Tons of Natural Light & Space That Can Be Used in Multiple Ways. Main-Level Features Crown Molding, Chair Rail, Formal Separate Living & Dining RMs w/Butler’s Pantry, Spacious Office With Custom Built-In Bookcases, Family Room With Vaulted Ceiling w/Gas Fireplace Off Kitchen Leading To Sun RM Glass Enclosure. Gourmet Kitchen Has an Eat-In Table Space, Walk-In Pantry, Cooktop Island, Granite Countertops, Glass Backsplash, NEW Sink & Faucet, Recessed Lighting & NEW Lighting Package Throughout. Custom Sun RM Enclosed Extension Off The Kitchen Features Walls of Glass Bringing Nature Indoors & Creating a Sense of Well-Being. The Laundry RM Off The Kitchen Has Plenty Of Room For Additional Kitchen Cabinetry Providing Access To the Finished 2-Car Garage w/400 SQFT. Upper-Level has 4-Spacious Bedrooms w/NEW-Carpeting / Padding & 3-Full Baths With NEW Flooring, NEW Quartz Countertops, NEW Sinks, NEW Faucets, NEW Mirrors & NEW Lighting Package. The Primary Bedroom w/Vaulted Ceilings, Sitting Area & Large Walk-In Closet Organizer Is A Welcoming Retreat. The En-Suite Bath Has a Large Jacuzzi Soaking Tub, Stall Shower, NEW Quartz Countertop, Double Sink Vanity & NEW Faucets. Lower-Level Features Large Open Recreation RM w/NEW Wet Bar: NEW Quartz Countertop, NEW Sink & Faucet, Bonus 5TH Bedroom, Full Bath & An Exercise RM or Workshop or Storage RM That Leads To Rear Yard. Beautifully Landscaped With Lovely Curb Appeal, This Home Is Situated On A Large Private .32 Acre Tree & Wooded Lot Perfect For Personal Enjoyment & Entertaining Family & Friends. The Fenced, Landscaped, Treed Lot Offers Total Privacy & Backyard Oasis: Features a Deck w/280 SQFT, Patio w/224 SQFT Meticulously Manicured & Professionally Landscaped w/NEW Shrubs, Pruned Trees & Shrubs, Edged Landscaping Beds & Fresh Mulch. Short Walk To Chantilly School Pyramid: Walk To Chantilly High School, Rocky Run Middle School & Poplar Tree Elementary. In Close Proximity To Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Shopping, Restaurants, Airports, Transportation; Yet When You Are Home You Feel Away From It All. [Sutton Oaks - $1,275,000]