Find A Home That Reminds You Of Your Childhood Home

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Does this room remind you of your childhood home?

How many times have you caught yourself thinking that today’s music is not as good as the music you grew up listening to, or that clothes were designed and made better “back in the day?” More and more, this nostalgia is extending to the houses we are choosing to call home. Restoring a “vintage” ranch to its original glory, but with some additional modern conveniences is a popular homeowner decision. In new construction, many builders are offering options that appeal to a traditional sensibility (think back staircases, window nooks, built-in bookcases, etc.).

In Northern Virginia, where square footage tends to be “super-sized” in both new production and remodels, and home owner associations carefully guard exterior choices, is it possible to find a home that reminds you of your childhood home in Northern Virginia? The answer, of course, is yes and Sweethomeva Real Estate can help you find it. Contact us today! Fill out the form on the right or call 703-505-5252.

The Retro-Rambler: Small In Scale, Big On Tradition

What ever the motivating forces (empty-nest syndrome, shifting of family economics, or just the need to downsize) many home owners are saying good-bye to over-sized homes in favor of dwellings that offers square footage better suited to their needs.  The Northern Virginia real estate market offers a great variety of smaller-scale homes from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s with rooms that are just the right size – and are bound to remind you of the house you grew up in. We have provided three local communities. If you want to find homes like these, but in another Northern Virginia town or county, contact us – we’ll help you find what you are looking for.

Lakeview Estates, Gainesville, Prince William County

According to, Lakeview Estates – near the interchange of Wellington & Linton Hall Roads in Gainesville, has a population of 271 people. Entertainment, retail, grocery stores and other conveniences (Jiffy Lube Live!) are all nearby, but this peaceful lake community offers an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant Gainesville community. And homes that may remind you of a time gone by. Within walking distance, there is the 14 screen Regal Cinemas, multiple dining options (Bar Louie, Nando’s Peri Peri, Sweet Frog, etc.) and a variety of retailers, like Charming Charlie’s, White House/Black Market and The Loft. Grocery stores in the area include Giant, Wegman’s and Safeway.
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Hollin Hills, Alexandria, Fairfax County

The mid-century homes for sale in Alexandria’s Hollin Hills were constructed mainly in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Common features may include: solid construction of about 2,000 square feet, angular roofs, wooden floors, carports, backyard patio – not decks, etc. You’ll find that some very nice renovations have updated the homes, without distracting from the home’s original character. [frame type=”lifted” align=”center” title=”LakeView Estates Homes, Gainesville, VA For Sale |”][/frame]

Lake Barcroft, Falls Church

A private lake community inside the beltway with lakes and beaches. Construction in this development began in the early 1950s and there are now about 1000 homes on this land rich in history (and mid century homes). Fun fact: According to the Lake Barcroft Association, the Anacostia River has it’s roots in the Necostin Indians of the Algonquin tribe which were the land’s first inhabitants.
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Incorporate Your Past In New Construction Or A Remodel

Taylor Swift’s childhood home in Reading, PA, Zillow

Of course, not all childhood homes were one level ramblers and downsizing is not always on the agenda. For that matter, ramblers and cape cods do not fit everyone’s style. If this is your case, don’t worry, you can still find ways to create the comforting elements of your childhood home in your new or remodeled Northern Virginia home – regardless of size.

Check out the features in this classic Reading, PA home built in 1927.  Taylor Swift called it home until she moved to Nashville at age 14. The window nook in the bedroom and the curving staircase are great examples of the kinds of classic features from the past that can bring great joy in your present home. To bring your past into your present, research Internet sites and design magazines for the feature (s) that you loved the most from your past that you would love to have in your current or next home. Pinterest would be a great place to gather ideas. Once you have an idea of your vision, consult with your new home builder or design/remodeler to discuss ways to incorporate it into your new home design.

If you need a referral for home builders or remodelers, please contact us. We are happy to help match you with someone that will give you exceptional service and results. Good luck bringing your past into your present – and remember to let us know how we can help!

Click the image below to read how far one man went to make sure his mid-century American home was restored accurately – right down to the mailbox.

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