Just minutes from the buzz of the interstate sits the mid-century Fairfax County neighborhood of Holmes Run Acres. Built on a 122 acre tract of land originally owned by a Washington investor by the name of Herman Schmidt the property was named Holmes Run Acres in 1945 and a set of restrictions were put in place for the development of the land. Since mid-century modern neighborhoods are rare in Fairfax County they have garnered a following of loyal homeowners over the years and Holmes Run Acres is no exception.
The development of the property began in 1950 with what would turn out to be three different builders over close to a 10 year period. In the end 355 homes were built based on contemporary homes design including the California Ranch popular on the west coast and by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usionan houses. The neighborhood took its place on the National Register of Historic Places this year and the owners are proud to tell you so.
Even though the neighborhood was built without sidewalks with the large lots filled with old trees, wide streets and long driveways you don’t have any worries walking along the road and you don’t feel the congestion so familiar in other neighborhoods. Just like another Fairfax County mid-century modern neighborhood Hollin Hills the houses in Holmes Run Acres fit into the surroundings instead of sitting on top of them.
Even though Holmes Run Acres was developed by three different builders you would have a hard time knowing where one builder stopped and another took over. Each of the builders the Luria Brothers, Gaddy Brothers and Andre Boder added new models to the neighborhood yet when you go inside the smallest Luria to the largest Boder you will see a continuity of design. Expansive windows, wood cathedral ceilings, brick wall fireplaces and open floor plans are common in all of the models.
Owners in Holmes Run Acres enjoy a private neighborhood park and community pool. The Inova Fairfax Hospital complex and Exxon headquarters are just a mile away and Merrifield shopping, theaters and the Dunn Loring Metro Station are within a 10 minute drive. If you are looking for a community inside the beltway that seems more like a home in the country then Holmes Run Acres might be the neighborhood for you.