The Modern and Contemporary Influence of Hollin Hills, Alexandria

Posted by Andre M Perez on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 4:33pm.

Hollin Hills Homes For Sale in Alexandria, VAIn a part of the country that is so associated with older, traditional architecture, the Hollin Hills neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia, truly stands out. Here you’ll find some of the most notable examples of mid-century modern architecture in the Washington Metro area. The brainchild of developer Robert Davenport, this small community is comprised of 32 wooded and hilly acres, dotted with low-slung angular structures that would look more at home on the nation’s west coast.

In the late 1940’s, Davenport partnered with DC area architect Charles Goodman, and began a 20-year mission to create a visually unique community. Construction began in 1949 and concluded in 1970. The long-running project established Goodman as one of the nation’s most notable designers of post-war modernistic homes. His last creation in Hollin Hills was in 1961, and for a period of time, Davenport continued with the development, using similar designs.

Today, Hollin Hills includes about 450 homes and stays true to the original concepts of Davenport and Goodman through a design review committee that helps guide renovations and additions. The land itself, initially deemed undesirable for either farming or development, became one of the community’s most cherished and enduring features. Rather than grading the terrain, Davenport and Goodman built homes into the hills, set back in a variety of ways from curving roads that conformed to existing topography.

Among the compelling attributes of Hollin Hills, was the choice to have homes face in different directions—each residence was uniquely positioned on its site so as to create views that would not intrude on that of its neighbors. Trees and streams were allowed to remain unaltered, and the natural settings became a source of pride for new homeowners. Here you’ll find deer and other woodland creatures, co-existing with their two-legged neighbors.

The houses themselves embrace modernist principles with spare, functional design and 24 square-foot windows set into thin wooden frames. Many of the roofs are of a butterfly design—lower in the middle and curving up to the sides in subtle wing shapes. Solar panels were just one of the forward-thinking approaches, utilized like many of the design aspects, as a means to economy.

While Hollin Hills homes for sale in Alexandria VA don’t often come on the market, they’re not as expensive as you might expect, with prices commonly ranging in the mid-to-upper six figures. Part of the reason is that the neighborhood has remained as it was first intended—homes that are aesthetically pleasing yet modest in size and economically-constructed. This mid-century modern community is both affordable and innovative.

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7326 Rebecca Dr


MLS#: VAFX1091788
5 Bed, 3 Bath
2935 Sqft, 0.46 Acres

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1812 Drury Ln


MLS#: VAFX1091296
3 Bed, 2 Bath
1662 Sqft, 0.34 Acres

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7311 Stafford Rd


MLS#: VAFX1095536
4 Bed, 2½ Bath
2328 Sqft, 0.37 Acres

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