What is a Dutch Colonial style home?

This American style originated in homes built by German, or “Deutsch” settlers in Pennsylvania as early as the 1600s. A hallmark of the style is a broad gambrel roof with flaring eaves that extend over the porches, creating a barn-like effect. Early homes were a single room, and additions were added to each end, creating a distinctive linear floor plan.

End walls are generally of stone, and the chimney is usually located on one or both ends.

Double-hung sash windows with outward swinging wood casements, dormers with shed-like overhangs, and a central Dutch double doorway are also common. The double door, which is divided horizontally, was once used to keep livestock out of the home while allowing light and air to filter through the open top.

The style enjoyed a revival during the first three decades of the 20th century as the country looked back with nostalgia to its colonial past. This style is imitated in some of the townhouses in and around Franconia and Kingstowne.  Throughout the seventies and eighties, Dutch Colonials were built throughout Fairfax County.

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What is a “Colonial”?

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Single Family Home in the colonial style

America’s colonial period encompassed a number of housing types and styles, including For more information about Colonial styles, see Cape Cod, Saltbox, Georgian, and Dutch Colonial. However, when we speak of the Colonial style, we often are referring to a rectangular, symmetrical home with bedrooms on the second floor. The double-hung windows usually have many small, equally sized square panes.

During the late 1800’s and throughout the 20th century, builders borrowed Colonial ideas to create refined Colonial Revival homes with elegant central hallways and elaborate cornices. Unlike the original Colonials, Colonial Revival homes are often sided in white clapboard and trimmed with black or green shutters.

Colonial Home
Colonial style

In Northern Virginia, the colonial-style of home is perhaps the most popular architectural type of single family home.  From Kingstowne to Falls Church from Mclean to Mount Vernon, colonial homes can be found around every corner.

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Westover neighborhood in Arlington VA

Made up of more than 200 homes in Arlington VA, Westover caters to a majority of Colonials that were built in the end of the 1930’s to the early 1940’s in 10 to 20 acres of land. Many homes are detached houses while duplexes can be found scattered throughout the village.

In the center of Westover, Westover Park can be found at 1001 N. Kennebec Street. 4.36 acres of Westover Park features:

  • Restrooms
  • Water Fountains
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Combination of School-Age Playground
  • 2 Baseball Fields
  • Basketball Court
  • Volleyball Court
  • Community Field
  • Paved Trail
  • Ornamental Garden

Various shops and restaurants grace the area, all located within an arm reach. Local favorites are The Lost Dog, Scoop Beauregard Ice Cream and Coffee and Lebanese Taverna among many other favorites to dine, drink and relax.

Homes for sale in and around Westover Village


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