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This colonial Fairfax home design may be inspired by Northern Virginia’s rich, historical heritage. Blue-shuttered, multipaned windows frame the pillared, white entrance to the red brick house.

Beyond the front door with an etched-glass decoration, the two-story hardwood entrance hall makes a memorable first impression. Classic Tuscan pillars frame the living room; crown molding here is displayed above the multipaned windows that continue throughout the first and second levels.

In colonial style, the dining room stands across the foyer from the living room. The dining room features crown molding, chair rail and a traditional chandelier that conveys. Behind a winding stairway, the foyer also faces the family room. Pillars and windows frame the brick fireplace. A wall of multipaned glass doors leads from the adjoining breakfast room to the wooden deck with a view of the wooded lot.

A bay window stands above the kitchen work counter and provides another wooded view. Kitchen upgrades include 42-inch cherry cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, granite counters and a mosaic tile backsplash. A hallway leads past the pantry to the dining room.

On the opposite side of the family room, a multipaned, glass door opens from the entrance hall to the library. Beneath wooden crown molding, wooden window frames face a built-in bookcase.

The breakfast space also adjoins the powder room, located behind the stairs.

At the top of the stairway, a landing overlooks the foyer and also faces the rear master suite. Pillars divide the master bedroom, with slanted ceilings, from the sitting area. The area is unified by crown molding and walls of windows. Two walk-in closets frame the entrance to the skylit master bath. Vanity sinks stand on both sides of the soaking tub, the glass-enclosed shower and the enclosed commode.

A front bedroom offers its own adjoining bath. The other two bedrooms share a hallway bath.

The lower level, which also displays crown molding and chair rail, has an additional full bath. A wet bar faces a full-length brick fireplace—another colonial touch. A sliding-glass door leads to the rear yard.

The side-entry, two-car garage leads from the laundry to the kitchen. Fairfax Towne Center, with a movie theater and shops, is 2 miles away. Fair Oaks Mall is 3 miles from the home. The public schools are Navy Elementary, Franklin Middle and Oakton High.