As some of you know, I'm house hunting, which means later today I'll be visiting open houses in my future neighborhood, Fairlington, Virginia.
I've settled on Fairlington as my new community because it offers much of what I love about my current home and neighborhood: close to DC, small and modest brick homes built in the 1940s, a strong, active community, a walking neighborhood, and an urban sensibility. Also, like my current neighborhood, Maywood, Fairlington is on the National Register of Historic Places which ensures that its historic architecture will be preserved. And I love the architecture.
In Fairlington, all buildings are of the Colonial Revival style. Gable roofs predominate, followed by hipped roofs, flat roofs, gambrel roofs, and a handful of mansard roofs, and most roofs are slate. The windows are six-over-six double-hung sash. Front entrances are sheltered by porches or stoops and have hipped, shed or gable roofs supported by wooden Tuscan or Doric columns, square or turned wooden posts. Typical details include dentils and other decorative wood molding. If you click on the photo you can read a little about the history of the community.
Fairlington is a lovely village and I'm hoping to find the perfect place that will one day become my lovely Paris apartment. Wish me bonne chance!