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Contemporary in lovely setting along the Potomac on the market in Stafford County.

 The contemporary design provides a striking appearance on a lush lot in northern Stafford County.
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Date published: 7/13/2012


The property is known as 61 Canterbury Drive, but Shangri-La might be a more appropriate moniker. It's the rare combination of a meticulously kept contemporary-style home sitting on three acres overlooking the Potomac River near Aquia Landing in Stafford County.

Built in 1986 for Frank Fusco, a local physician, the house was designed by Northern Virginia architect P.D. Gravett.

Unlike some contemporaries whose design and features fail to stand the test of time, this one seems just as fresh and inviting as it must have been when it was new 26 years ago.

Of course it doesn't hurt that it enjoys timeless panoramic views of the Potomac and the Maryland shoreline in the distance. There is hardly a room from which a water view cannot be enjoyed. Numerous skylights provide ample natural light.

The property may seem located in a world of its own, but it is a mere 4.5 miles from the Brooke VRE station.

Nancy Chiappinelli has owned the property since 2000, and as a fan of modern art and architecture had fallen in love with it at first sight.

"I like the big windows and simple, uncluttered design," she said. "The outdoors seem to come inside."

Chiappinelli loves everything about his place, but as she nears her 85th birthday, her wisdom suggests it's time to seek a more compact living arrangement. She's listed the property with Suzy Stone of Century 21 Adventure in Spotsylvania. The asking price is $975,000.


The light, simplicity and setting work together to make this an attractive package. Nearly 3,600 square feet of living space includes three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a half-bath.

Though it is essentially a single level with a loft, the design makes it feel like anything but. From the marble-floored foyer there is a step down to give the main living area a sunken feel, and the angular, two-story vaulted ceiling lends the room great spaciousness.

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