12 Home Staging Tips That Are Designed to Sell

Staging your home helps you build that memorable first impression for potential buyers. You have to showcase your home’s strength and downplay its weaknesses. Staging is also especially important in slow markets with high inventory and many competing homes. Heed these simple yet effective staging tips that may just help you close the sale.

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1. Declutter, Declutter, Declutter

Get rid of your old items and things you don’t necessarily need. Give yourself a rule that when a new thing comes, the old one must go. Organize your shelves to show off how much storage you really have, as prospective buyers love homes with lots of storage spaces. Clearing away your clutter will definitely help make the house look tidier and bigger.

2. Place a Welcome Mat

An enticing entrance is key when you’re luring prospective buyers. A new welcome mat that complements the style of your home can easily convince them to see more. Remember, first impressions are always important. So adding fresh potted plants to an entry area could also create a relaxing atmosphere on the way in.

3. Swap Personal Photos with Artwork

Replacing those personal pictures of yours and your family with pieces of artwork will help your potential buyers envision themselves living in your home. You can opt to buy paintings of landscape scenes, modern shapes or floral motifs at thrift shops to create a focal point for your home. You can also print out inspirational travel images to display a certain lifestyle.

4. Refresh With Paint

Put a fresh coat of paint in white or neutral colors to give new life to outdated doors, walls, and casing. It will make the house look cleaner and more contemporary.

5. Give Importance to Home Lighting

The secret to a great staged home that looks warm and welcoming is great lighting. Nobody wants to go in a house that projects a dim vibe just because it is improperly lighted. Increase the wattage in your lamps or fixtures and put them in key areas. Also open up windows and curtains to let the sunshine in and naturally brighten up the whole room.

6. Group Furniture Away From Walls

Move away from the common idea that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls. Instead, reposition sofas and chairs into conversational groups and place pieces of furniture away from the walls. It will help make the space more user-friendly and make the room seem bigger.

7. Transform Old or Unused Rooms

Repurpose an extra room into a space that will certainly add value to your home. You can turn that old junk room into a mini library with a comfortable reading spot by placing a bookshelf, a comfortable armchair and a small table. Or turn it into a yoga room or a mini entertainment hub. Either way, it will help the potential buyers envision the room with a special purpose that will suit their lifestyle.

8. Recycle Your Resources

Look for ways to salvage old materials to save money. Repurpose old junk and turn them into something new and useful, like making headboards out of old doors or turning strips of hardwood flooring into new fences.

9. Arrange Decorative Displays and Group Them into Three’s

Assembling classy and colorful displays, such as vases, lanterns, books and other decorative items, atop dressers and counters could give your house a cozy and relaxing look. It will also increase the room’s general appeal. Arrange them in odd numbers, preferably in three’s, and in varying heights and shapes, while keeping them in the same color family.  You can also try to mix and match items from craft stores to create a unique but modern look.

10. Decorate the Bathroom with White Linens

Tidy up your washroom by using white towels, bath mats and shower curtains for that clean and elegant look. Take it a bit further by creating spa-like displays, such as adding candles, fresheners and special soaps. Stack hand towels neatly near the sink and complement it with other accessories.

11. Refurbish the Kitchen

The first thing to do when staging your kitchen for homebuyers is to keep the countertops nice and clear. Put only a few items as displays, or center a bowl of fresh fruits or a vase with flowers to add a touch of color. If you can’t afford new doors or cabinets, refresh the old ones with paint that match your kitchen walls.

12. Tend Your Yard and Improve Your Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is important when attracting buyers, so bring out a nice color into your walkway that will make it more appealing. You can also grace your yard with potted plants and flowers in bloom, depending on the season.

Selling Power! Why NOW is a Great Time to Sell Your Home

Selling Power! Why NOW is a Great Time to Sell Your Home

2019 has seen a shift in the Real Estate Market for the Loudoun County area, and especially in South Riding. Interest rates are at the lowest they have been in 3 years (our lender quoted us 3.375% just days ago!) and they are holding steady – for now. So how does this translate into Selling Power?

The average home sales price in South Riding this year has been about $539,000 – which is UP .97% over last year! Inventory is also low, and homes are averaging about 4 weeks on the market before they’re being snapped up. Low inventory plus low interest rates means demand for homes is HIGH. We had a listing recently that went on the market on a Thursday and by Tuesday – just 5 days later – had multiple offers over asking price!
If you’re on the fence about selling your home, NOW is the perfect opportunity to capture a Buyer!

The Donny Samson Team offers a cutting edge, all inclusive, enhanced listing service for just 4.5% Total Real Estate Commission. This means even more cash in your pocket!

We KNOW Real Estate… and we have the SOLUTIONS:

  • Huge Database of Buyers
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Knowledge is power in today’s competitive Real Estate Market! We would love to help you determine exactly what your home is worth with a FREE Home Market Analysis.

Call us today at 703-864-4894!

25659 Cabin Point Ct. in Chantilly For Sale

Stunning Single Family Home on Cabin Point Ct. in Chantilly For Sale

The stunning home located at 25659 Cabin Point Ct. in Chantilly is now For Sale! This home in the Ridings at Blue Spring Community has over 7,000 finished square feet of living space and includes 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.  The small neighborhood features it’s own pool and is just a mile from the East Gate Shopping Center. Great location for commuters as it’s about half a mile to Route 50, ahead of all the South Riding & Aldie traffic! 011_25659_CABIN_POINT_CT_219928_304838

Main Level Features

New plush carpet and fresh paint throughout the home! The main level features hardwood floors throughout. A gorgeous, sunlit formal living room is just off the foyer. 015_25659_CABIN_POINT_CT_219928_304838

An open, entertainer’s kitchen showcases a huge island, stainless steel appliances, and a butler’s pantry. 039_25659_CABIN_POINT_CT_219928_304838

“Florida Room” off the back of the kitchen has plenty of room for a large family style table. 035_25659_CABIN_POINT_CT_219928_304838

Separate, spacious Dining Room boasts shadowboxes and a stylish chandelier. 019_25659_CABIN_POINT_CT_219928_304838

Large Sunroom off the other side of the kitchen offers peaceful views of the backyard & surrounding neighborhood.  046_25659_CABIN_POINT_CT_219928_304838

A separate office with double doors allows for privacy when working from home.  023_25659_CABIN_POINT_CT_219928_304838

The beautiful sunken family room features a gas fireplace and a ceiling fan. 026_25659_CABIN_POINT_CT_219928_304838

Upper Level Features

The Elegant Master Bedroom Suite features a sitting room with gas fireplace. 051_25659_CABIN_POINT_CT_219928_304838

The en suite deluxe Master Bathroom features dual vanities, a glass shower, soaking tub,  and entrance to an immense 3 section, walk-in closet. 060_25659_CABIN_POINT_CT_219928_304838

3 additional bedrooms feature top of the line new carpet, large closets, and their own bathrooms. 077_25659_CABIN_POINT_CT_219928_304838

Lower Level & Backyard Features

Sprawling recreation room on the lower level includes a Home Theater with surround sound (conveys!). There is a separate Exercise room that is wired for TV, a 5th bedroom and full bath. There is also a wet bar with refrigerator and microwave and a huge Storage room with tons of space. 086_25659_CABIN_POINT_CT_219928_304838

The home is situated on a .71 acre, fenced in corner lot on a cul-de-sac. The amazing outdoor patio features over 1,000 square feet. It includes a sunken hot tub, 12 foot wood burning fireplace, and outdoor TV. The professionally landscaped yard also has an 11 zone in ground sprinkler system. 113_25659_CABIN_POINT_CT_219928_304838

Don’t miss out on this amazing home! Contact Donny Samson at 703-861-3810 or donnysamson@samsonproperties.net for more information or to schedule your private tour of the home. 

Stunning Parklike Lot in Springfield For Sale!

This all brick 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2,482 sq. ft. colonial home at 7619 Highland Street, on a stunning lot is for sale! Private & extremely serene .83 acre lot surrounded by mature trees & parkland. Adjacent to walking trails that weave through over 490 acres of parkland & lead to Lake Accotink which includes canoes, paddle boats, miniature golf, snack bar, antique carousel, playground, pavilion & more!

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Exterior features extensive landscaping with tiered stone retaining walls, patio, fire pit, storage shed & carport with two parking spaces. New Roof 2017 & Windows 2013. NO HOA fee, but do have the option to purchase a pool membership. Commuter’s Dream! Easy access to I-495, I-395 & I-95. Minutes to Springfield Plaza, Springfield Town Center & much more!

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Main Level

Hardwood floors flow throughout main level, stairs & bedroom level. Unique floorplan with opened up main level. Perfect for entertaining! Spacious living room features large bright windows & brick wood burning fireplace.

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Elegant & open dining room boasts a massive window with spectacular backyard view & expanded entryway to living room.

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Bright kitchen features gorgeous granite countertops, two toned cabinetry, tiled backsplash, island with breakfast bar, pendant & recessed lighting.

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Family room features built-in cabinetry, wood blinds & storage closet. Updated main level half bath with marble flooring, pedestal sink & modern fixtures.

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Upper Level

Grand master bedroom suite features two large closets & sitting nook.

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Luxurious updated master bathroom boasts a designer vanity, walk-in glass shower with ceramic tile surround, modern wood plank floor tile & modern fixtures.

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Lower Level

Upper level also includes three spacious bedrooms with large closets, wood floors & multiple windows. Full hall bathroom with updated designer vanity, modern fixtures, & shower/tub combo with tile surround.

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Walkout level basement features an oversized brick wood burning fireplace with raised hearth, fresh carpet, recessed lighting & ample natural light. Lower level laundry room with ample storage & walk out to backyard.

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DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS STUNNING PARKLIKE LOT IN SPRINGFIELD FOR SALE! Schedule a private showing today.
Call Realtor Scott Koval at 703.625.3446!

Immaculate Move-In Ready South Riding Townhouse For Sale!

This immaculate move-in ready 2,428 sq.ft. brick front townhouse at 25802 Turlough Terrace in the desirable South Village of South Riding is for sale! The home is across the street from the community pool, common grounds & playground. The HOA includes snow removal, trash removal, lawn maintenance, pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, common grounds, jogging/walking paths, tot lots/playgrounds & more!

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Main Level

Open main level floor plan, perfect for entertaining! Newly refinished hardwood floors in the kitchen & family room. The updated kitchen features gorgeous granite countertops, ample cabinetry with pull out drawers & pantry, a curved island with breakfast bar, 5 burner gas cooktop, wall oven, recessed lighting & breakfast nook.

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The bright family room off kitchen includes a gas fireplace with sleek stone surround & recessed lighting.

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French door off the family room leads to a private covered balcony with rod iron railing.

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Spacious living room features a spectacular floor to ceiling window wall with transom windows, crown molding, chair railing detailing & half bath. Fresh new carpet throughout.

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Upper Level

Grand master bedroom suite boasts a soaring vaulted ceiling, sitting area, large walk-in closet & private covered balcony.

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Luxurious master bathroom with double sink vanity, soaker tub, glass walk-in shower with bench & recessed lighting.

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Upper level also includes two additional bedrooms with large closets & vaulted ceilings & full hall bath with shower/tub combo. Convenient bedroom level laundry room with storage.

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Lower Level

Finished walk out level recreation room includes fresh neutral paint, recessed lighting, bright full size windows, half bath, storage closets & garage access.

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Oversized attached two car garage with storage & built-in shelving.

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Don’t miss out on this immaculate move-in ready South Riding townhouse for sale!
Call Realtor Scott Koval at 703.625.3446!

End Unit Corner Lot Townhouse in Broadlands For Sale!

This beautiful 2,448 sq.ft. end unit corner lot brick townhouse at 43225 Highgrove Terrace in the desirable Broadlands South community is for sale! With this ideal location, you are within walking distance to shops/dining/grocery at Southern Walk Plaza! The home also features an attached two car garage with storage & available guest parking close by. The HOA includes snow removal, trash removal, community center, pool, tennis courts, common grounds, jogging/walking paths, tot lots/playgrounds & more!

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Main Level

Gleaming hardwood floors flow seamlessly throughout the main level. Open main level floor plan, perfect for entertaining! Updated kitchen features gorgeous granite countertops, GE Profile stainless steel appliances, ample cabinetry, pantry, large island with breakfast bar & sink, gas cooktop, double wall oven, recessed lighting & breakfast nook. Bright room off the kitchen, could be formal dining room or family room.

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French door off the kitchen leads to an amazing Trex deck with corner lot view.

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Spacious living room & dining room combination features crown molding, half bath & is open to the two story foyer. Custom plantation shutters throughout entire home.

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Upper Level

Grand master bedroom suite boasts a soaring vaulted ceiling, sitting area with bright window wall, two large walk-in closets & molding detailing.

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Luxurious master bathroom with vaulted ceiling, double sink vanity, corner soaker tub, glass walk-in shower with ceramic tile surround.

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Upper level also includes two additional bedrooms with large double door closets & full hall bath with shower/tub combo. Convenient bedroom level laundry room with storage.

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Lower Level

Finished walk out level recreation room includes a gas fireplace with sleek stone surround, charming window benches, bright full size windows, half bath, storage closets & garage access.

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French door off the recreation room leads to a backyard with grassy space & privacy fence. Corner lot location provides bonus common area next to home.

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YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON THIS CORNER LOT TOWNHOUSE IN BROADLANDS! SCHEDULE A PRIVATE SHOWING TODAY!
Call Realtor Scott Koval at 703.625.3446

Completely Updated Colonial For Sale!

This beautifully updated 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath brick front colonial home at 505 Cindy Court in Sterling is for sale! The home is nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Spring Grove Farm community. It has been updated from top to bottom. The roof was replaced in 2007 & more recently, the HVAC was replaced in 2015. You will find fresh new neutral paint & new modern light fixtures throughout.

Main Level

French doors off foyer lead to office/den/living room with crown molding. Gleaming new hardwood floors flow seamlessly throughout main level.

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Elegant dining room with large windows, crown molding & chair railing detailing.

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New custom kitchen features gorgeous granite countertops, crisp white cabinetry, Whirlpool stainless steel appliances, deep farmhouse sink, pantry & grand tray ceiling with recessed lighting. Massive windows overlook the serene backyard. Bright breakfast nook with bay window & deck access.

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Spacious family room features a gas fireplace with raised brick hearth.

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Large wood deck spans the entire back of the home, includes privacy screens & stairs to yard.

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New main level half bath with marble top vanity & brushed nickel fixtures. Bonus mud room built-in storage off the kitchen & garage.

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Upper Level

Brand new plush carpeting on stairs & upper level. Grand master bedroom suite features a dressing area with a walk-in closet & additional slider closet. Direct access to 5th bedroom, could be nursery or office.

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Luxurious master bathroom boasts double sink marble top designer vanity, tile flooring, brushed nickel fixtures & shower/tub combo.

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Upper level also includes four additional spacious bedrooms with large closets, ceiling fans & large windows.

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Full hall bathroom with double sink marble top designer vanity, brushed nickel fixtures, new tile flooring & shower/tub combo.

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Lower Level

Partially finished walkout level basement with great potential! It includes a finished room with new carpet, recessed lighting & closet, full bathroom, unfinished rec room with laundry, extra refrigerator & shelving.

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Private .26 acre lot surrounded by mature trees. Exterior features stunning curb appeal, landscaping, a large wood deck, covered patio, large shed for storage or workshop & privacy fence.

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Large shed/workshop with high ceilings, skylight, AC/heat wall units & ramp access.

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DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS COMPLETELY UPDATED COLONIAL FOR SALE!
CALL REALTOR SCOTT KOVAL AT 703.625.3446 FOR A PRIVATE TOUR.

Dominion Station Townhome For Sale!

Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, 2 half bath, 1,812 sq.ft. Sterling townhouse at 45512 Baggett Terrace for sale! Ideal Location! Minutes to Wegmans, Target & Dulles Town Center shopping & dining. Easy access to Rt 28, Rt 7, Dulles Toll Road & Dulles Int’l Airport. Amazing Dominion Station community amenities include playgrounds, walking/jogging paths, pool, tennis courts & more!

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Main Level

Welcoming two-story foyer with atrium window & garage access. Open concept living room & dining room combination with beautiful open staircase & ample natural light. Perfect for entertaining! Main level half bath with mosaic tile vanity & updated modern fixtures. Fresh paint & modern light fixtures throughout.

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Updated kitchen features gorgeous granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, deep farmhouse sink, breakfast bar, recessed lighting, large pantry & pass through to dining room.

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Bright breakfast room off the kitchen with sliding glass door leading to large wood deck overlooking lush mature trees.

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The low maintenance deck was specifically constructed to prevent wood splitting, it was also recently refinished & has new railings.

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Upper Level

Grand master bedroom suite boasts a cathedral ceiling & large walk in closet. Fresh new carpet on stairs & upper level.

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Luxurious master bathroom with double sink vanity with stunning new quartz top, bright skylight, soaker tub & glass walk-in shower with new subway tile surround.

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Upper level also includes two spacious bedrooms with large double door closets & full hall bath with granite vanity & shower/tub combo.

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Lower Level

Spacious walk out level recreation room includes a brick wood burning fireplace, full size windows, half bath & storage. Lower level laundry room with storage & front load washer & dryer.

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French doors lead to a private & secluded backyard oasis. It features a covered deck with rain prevention system, privacy fence & landscaping.

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DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS DOMINION STATION TOWNHOME FOR SALE!
CONTACT REALTOR SCOTT KOVAL AT 703.625.3446 TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE SHOWING!

Private Penderbrook Townhome For Sale!

This charming 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, 2 half bath, 1,902 sq.ft. brick front private Penderbrook townhome nestled on the 17th fairway at 3793 Inverness Road is for sale!

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Community

Amazing Penderbrook community amenities include a golf course, pool, playgrounds, club house, community center, tennis, basketball & volleyball courts & more! This convenient location is sure to be a commuter’s dream. It has easy access to I-66, Rt 50 & Fair Oaks Mall.

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Main Level

Bright living room features a large window wall with transom windows & brand new natural woven bamboo blinds. The room is anchored by a beautiful two sided fireplace with ceramic tile surround.

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Elegant dining room with crown molding, chair railing & designer wallpaper (Hygge and West) & paint.

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Updated kitchen features ceramic floors, gorgeous granite countertops, Kenmore Elite appliances, backsplash with mosaic tile accent, ample cabinetry with pull out drawers, modern hardware & faucet, breakfast bar & recessed lighting.

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French doors off bright breakfast room lead to a wood deck with spectacular golf course views.

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Upper Level

Grand master bedroom suite boasts a vaulted ceiling with Palladian window & two spacious closets.

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Luxurious master bathroom with double sink vanity, soaker tub & glass walk-in shower.

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Upper level also includes two spacious bedrooms with large closets & full hall bath with oversized vanity & shower/tub combo.

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Lower Level

Finished walk out level recreation room includes a brick wood burning fire-place, wet bar, recessed lighting, full size windows, half bath, storage & garage access.

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Private & secluded backyard with fenced patio & landscaping backs to common grounds, mature trees & golf course.

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DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS PRIVATE PENDERBROOK TOWNHOME FOR SALE!
CONTACT REALTOR SCOTT KOVAL AT 703-625-3446 TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE SHOWING!

Unique Haymarket Colonial with 10 Acres For Sale!

This unique 4 bedroom, 2 full bath, 2 half bath colonial home in Haymarket, VA at 1991 Mountain Road is for sale! The home is nestled on a private 10 acre lot surrounded by mature trees. This well maintained home includes 4,290 square feet of finished living space,  a new HVAC, fresh carpet & paint throughout!

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The exterior features a charming wrapped front porch with swing, landscaping & rear wood deck with amazing views. It also includes a side loading two car garage & private paved driveway.

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Main Level

Both the elegant dining room & formal living room feature gleaming hardwood floors, molding detailing & ample natural light.

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The custom kitchen features gorgeous granite countertops, ample dark rich cabinetry, stainless steel appliances with double oven wall, center island with breakfast bar, ceramic tile flooring, built-in desk area, recessed lighting & table space. The bright french doors off the breakfast nook lead to a large wood deck.

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The family room is open to the kitchen & includes a wood burning fireplace with raised brick hearth & built-in wood storage, molding detailing, fresh carpet & recessed lighting. The french doors bring natural light into the room & provide a second entrance to the deck.

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Main level also includes two half bathrooms & a laundry room. The laundry room features a LG front load washer & dryer, ample storage, utility sink & laundry chute.

Upper Bedroom Level

The grand master bedroom suite features two walk-in closets, a sitting room with built-in shelves & fresh carpet.

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The luxurious master bathroom boasts two separate oversized sink vanities with modern light fixtures & built-in shelving. A jetted soaking tub & large walk-in glass shower complete this bathroom oasis.

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A bonus room on the bedroom level could be used as an office/study/den. It includes vaulted ceilings, ceiling fan, bright skylights & recessed lighting.

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Upper bedroom level also includes three additional spacious bedrooms with large closets, ceiling fans, & plush carpet. Additionally there is a full hall bathroom with double sink vanity, ceramic tile floor & shower/tub combo.

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Second Upper Level

The second upper level includes a unique finished loft space. The loft includes vaulted ceilings, fresh carpet & bright skylights.

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Lower Level

The unfinished walkout level basement includes a NEW HVAC, workshop, built-in shelves & wood stove. This space has great potential!

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DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS UNIQUE HAYMARKET COLONIAL WITH 10 ACRES FOR SALE!
CONTACT REALTOR SCOTT KOVAL AT 703-625-3446 TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE SHOWING!