1812 Drury Ln
3 Bed, 2 Bath
1662 Sqft, 0.34 Acres
Aficionados of mid-century modern architecture in the Washington DC Metro area would be hard-pressed to come up with a more barbecues community than Hollin Hills. Located in the southern part of Alexandria, this unique subdivision is made up of roughly 450 homes set amongst 32 hilly acres. Built between 1949 and 1970, these iconic low-slung structures with their giant windows have received much acclaim over the years. The community is now a nationally recognized historic district.
Hollin Hills was developed by builder Robert Davenport together with Charles Goodman, a noted DC architect. Goodman had been the designing architect for the New Deal’s Public Buildings Administration in the 1930s, and head architect for other federal branch’s, responsible for the original streamline moderne plans for Washington’s National Airport.
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3 Bed, 2 Bath
1662 Sqft, 0.34 Acres
5 Bed, 3 Bath
2935 Sqft, 0.46 Acres
By the 1940s, Goodman had turned to residential design, bringing a number of large scale projects to fruition. But Hollin Hills was largely seen as his crowning glory. Goodman was responsible for 14 different models of homes for sale built in either single-story or split-level fashion with slightly sloped or butterfly roofs and giant 24 square-foot window panels. The land was also integral to the overall design concepts, with ungraded terrain and homes set back from curving streets, each one uniquely positioned on its lot so as to afford unobstructed woodsy views.
Goodman’s last home in the neighborhood was finished in 1961 but subsequent architects stayed true to his original vision, employing self-sustaining principles such as solar panels, and using modular components that could be placed into various cubist configurations.
A high quality of community life was also an important factor, not only preserving streams, trees and large parcels of natural land that served as parkland, but also fostering friendship through amenities like the ever popular Hollin Hills Pool. The pool has been operation for over 60 years, providing swimming, diving, and a swim team, plus but family-driven social events such as movie night, barbeques, food truck events and more.
Goodman was responsible for a number of other mid-century modern projects as well, including the Rock Creek Woods and Hammond Wood subdivisions in Montgomery County, the cubist Hickory Cluster townhomes in Reston, the High Point duplexes in Arlington’s Virginia Heights neighborhood and the River Park Mutual Homes in Washington DC’s Southwest Waterfront area.
The latter is a housing cooperative of townhouses, single family homes and high-rises with an unusual futuristic vibe featuring shiny silver barrel-shaped roofs and aluminum trim on the facades.
But it will always be Hollin Hills that best exemplifies the architect’s influence and impact on contemporary and modernist design. Homes for sale in the community have recently listed between $650,000 and around $1.5 million dollars. You won’t find any teardowns resulting in McMansions here, as the local design committee monitors any construction to preserve the integrity of the structures.
Hollin Hills is in the Hybla Valley part of Alexandria, not far from the Potomac River and convenient to north/south roadways such as Richmond Highway, Fort Hunt Road and George Washington Memorial Parkway. And last but not least, Old Town Alexandria is just minutes away if you feel like a break from bucolic splendor and modern homes tucked away in the woods.
To learn more about available homes for sale in Hollin Hills, call Andre Perez, your mid-century modern expert, at District Partners at Compass, (202) 798-3600.
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Listing information last updated on October 15th, 2019 at 12:16pm EDT.