Back in 1999, Joe and Anita Grzeika were looking for just the right house to put on the dramatic lot they owned off Lambs Creek Church Road in King George County. They wanted a design that would provide the best possible views of the six-acre pond it would overlook.
They found it in the House & Home section of the March 26, 1999, edition of The Free Lance–Star. The headline on the Home of the Week floorplan feature that day was “Angled design is eye-catching both inside and out.”
The angled design, Joe Grzeika said during a recent tour of the home, was ideal in how it would wrap around the pond—just what they were looking for. The couple called on Fisher & Hall Builders of King George to build it, and in 2002, they moved in.
Now that Grzeika has left his seat on the King George Board of Supervisors and retired from NSWC Dahlgren, the time has come for he and Anita to downsize and move closer to their children and grandkids. They’ve listed the house with Anna Lee, an associate broker with Coldwell Banker Elite in Fredericksburg. The asking price is $675,000.
The house is listed with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a half bath. It has 5,735 square feet on three levels and sits on 10 acres that include a portion of the pond.
“We had a great time building this house,” Grzeika said. “We love this place and it’s going to be hard to leave.”
Located at 3435 White Hall Road, the house is set on rolling terrain that offers striking views for visitors to enjoy as they arrive. Thanks to the recent winter weather, the snow-covered hillsides with split-rail fencing along distant property lines is Christmas-card pretty.
The angled design is not something you see everyday and sets the house apart. The exterior is an attractive combination of light beige siding and brick with green shutters. A gently curved walkway is bounded by areas of foundation plants and landscaping. Multiple gables, a pair of dormers serving the bonus space over the garage and a welcoming country porch round out the look.
The main entry is a wide double door with frosted glass topped with a transom. The sight line from the foyer carries the eye through the windows and glass doors that dominate the rear wall to the pond beyond.
Immediately to the right of the foyer is the dining room defined by decorative columns along with chair rail and crown molding. To the left a pocket door opens to a home office that also has french doors facing the family room.
Straight ahead is an open area that includes the soaring two-story family room with kitchen and breakfast area nearby. Richly finished hardwood flooring is used throughout the main level.
Several features stand out in the family room. In addition to the wall of windows that provide panoramic views of the pond and surrounding acreage, the space includes a gas fireplace flanked by built-in shelving and a balcony that looks down from the second-story.
The family room flows into the nicely appointed island kitchen. Dark counters of granite and Corian contrast with the medium oak cabinetry, neutral tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. A peninsula helps define the space from the family room and provides a bar-height counter with stools for casual meals and conversation.
Joe Grzeika’s favorite kitchen feature may be the Jenn Air grill with down-draft vent that eliminates the need for a hood. Throughout the tour, Grzeika gave credit to his wife for various design nuances that were incorporated during the home’s construction, such as a shelf for small appliances with electrical outlet in the pantry that allows them to be used there rather than take up counter space.
Another of Anita’s design ideas is the dual-level deck that provides views of the pond unobstructed by the deck’s railings. The large composite deck is accessible from the family room and the breakfast area.
Here and there throughout the house is evidence of the angled design, lending character to what would otherwise be typical square rooms.
Elsewhere on the main level is the master suite, which lets the owners wake up to water views. The luxurious master bath includes a door-less walk-in shower, jetted tub and handsome dual vanity with extra storage. Hidden in a cabinet is a laundry chute that empties into the laundry room on the lower level.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms, one with its own bathroom and one connected to a shared hall bathroom. Nearby is finished bonus space over the garage that can be a third upstairs bedroom, game room or hobby space.
Also up here is a small space with a rocking chair that Grzeika calls Anita’s “nook for books,” where many a children’s book has been read.
The full, finished basement is divided into two main areas that share a two-sided gas fireplace. On one side is a versatile space, a portion of which could be walled off to provide an additional bedroom. On the other is a large recreation room with a pool table (which conveys), a well-equipped wet bar with small fridge and wine cooler (which also convey), and space for a home theater system.
Also down here is the large laundry room that doubles as a sewing room and storage area.
The oversized garage has space for two cars, while a third bay that houses a tractor is also Grzeika’s workshop. Separate from the house are two freestanding sheds for potting and yard equipment. The shed with drive-through doors holds the larger of Grzeika’s two tractors, a New Holland TC30, which also conveys.
The house is served by a two-zone heating and cooling system and a water treatment system that uses a galvanized tank for water purity. There’s a 120-gallon underground propane tank in the backyard.
In various rooms, window shades are operated by remote control. Grzeika also touts what he refers to as Verizon’s fusion system that provides strong Wi-Fi throughout the house—a plus in rural King George.
Grzeika said he’s always appreciated being able to live in a quiet, rural area of King George while being just 20 minutes from Dahlgren, and less than a half hour from Fredericksburg and from the Leeland Virginia Railway Express station in Stafford County.