Property Description

4004 Carson Place

Presiding over the cul-de-sac at the end of Carson Place is a timeless Virginian estate. Stately, solid brick punctuated by soaring white columns, 4004 Carson Place is as pretty as a picture and as gracious as a Southern hostess, with thoughtfully architected rooms to accommodate any style of living. Built in 1968 by a local doctor, the home proudly preserves the doctor’s original office and pharmacy on its lower level. The lucky new owner of this home will, without a doubt, relish its historic character.

The home’s main level is a beautiful study in contrasts: rich, honey brown wooden floors, and airy 9-foot ceilings with stately 6-inch moldings. Lush lounging areas that beckon to guests, and doors that open to reveal jewel box-like private rooms.

A generously sized foyer draws the eye outward to the flanking living and dining rooms on either side, as well as upward to the elegant staircase winding to the private upper level.

The living room impresses with its sandstone mantle and granite fireplace. Floor-skimming draperies custom-designed for the home outfit each street-facing window on the main level.

Open a discreet door in the living room to reveal the home’s Nantucket room. Built-in shelves house collections of books and finery; a fireplace warms the room in cold seasons to make it useful year-round. In warmer weather, open the rear door to access the grounds and pool.

The dining room’s immediate location off the foyer keeps entertaining centralized. Unquestionably, the gold and glass chandelier is the star of the room. Pocket doors slide to reveal an informal family room with built-ins for books and media. Pass-throughs in the family and dining rooms offer access to the sunny kitchen.

An artfully framed 18×18-inch tile floor designates boundaries in this cheerful space with 6-burner Viking gas range on a spacious island, wood-paneled Sub-zero refrigerator and double-stacked Dacor ovens. Pendant lighting over the island illuminates the workspace, and a window seat between the wine fridge and cook’s pantry is an inviting nook for someone to curl up with an after-school snack and textbook — or a cup of coffee and a newspaper. There’s room for casual table dining, and an embedded gas fireplace makes this room the literal hearth and heart of the home.

Working rooms designed for the activities that keep a household humming also keep this household organized. A formal office off the living room has a built-in desk and bookcases. Its rear door accesses the grounds and filters in natural light. Just off the kitchen, a deluxe laundry room has counter space for folding and under-counter storage systems for sorting and storing. The adjacent three-car garage has storage for patio furniture and hardware. And above the garage, a private nanny suite with entry and egress through the patio and garage has comfortable living space for two adults. Closets, sitting areas, bedrooms and full bathrooms: each represented here in duplicate for the essential helping hands in your household, or for long-term guests.

The lower level of 4004 Carson Place is brimming with possibility for the modern homeowner. Descend the stairs to find yourself in a large, lodge-like room with exposed brick walls, cozy fireplace and smart corner bar. A billiards table is perfectly appropriate here, as would be your media console and overstuffed couch and chairs. Behind the main room, find the home gym bathed in energizing natural light. Whether your practice is mat-based or machine-dependent, there is room for equipment to suit all levels of fitness.

A half bathroom and three multipurpose rooms on this level offer space for a variety of crafts, hobbies, workspaces, guest lodging — or even simply storage. You’ll find a plaque on the door commemorating the original homeowner’s medical office, and the closet directly across the hall is organized with shelving that originally served as the doctor’s pharmacy.

In the private upstairs space, three bedrooms with full en suite bathrooms surround the spacious master suite, built with two custom walk-in closets, bath with steam shower and large balcony that runs the length of the bedroom. The balcony extends your living space with room enough for lounge chairs, café table and even a fire pit for your romantic evenings in.

A large, flat lot in Seminary Ridge is a rare find. At 4004 Carson Place, you’ll measure the lot by its acreage — but also by its incredible design. The brick patio is divided into open and covered spaces, and its undulating scalloped edges are bordered by sturdy shrubbery. Beyond the patio abutting the house, you can luxuriate in the elegant entertaining space that encircles the pool. In a nod to the home’s 1960s origin, the pool features a pool house with two de rigueur changing rooms that open onto the patio, and within are two bedrooms, a full bathroom and vintage kitchenette.

Carson Place is a true destination in the coveted Seminary Ridge neighborhood. Over half an acre of landscaped grounds enclosed by fencing and overlooking a rear tree line makes this estate a private escape from Washington, DC.  Access to the city, major roadways, parks, schools and shopping centers are within a few minutes’ drive.

Property Status


Property Type



Chelsea/Seminary Ridge





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3 car garage

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What We Love

The Neighborhood

Seminary Ridge is a quiet, residential neighborhood with a friendly community vibe. It is also Sue and Marty’s current neighborhood! They, along with other Seminary Ridge residents, enjoy its wide sidewalks and peaceful, tree lined streets. This neighborhood is highly walkable, with amenities such as the Alexandria Commons and the Bradlee Shopping Center within walking distance of most homes. Seminary Ridge is conveniently and centrally located between Alexandria’s four high schools.

Seminary Ridge is one of the only neighborhoods in Alexandria that offers homes with two car garages on quarter acre lots. This suburban oasis offers manicured lawns that showcase its classic brick homes, primarily Colonials. Seminary Ridge real estate are generously sized by Alexandria standards, in the 3,800-5,000 square foot range, with livable basements. Best of all, Seminary Ridge real estate features 10 cul-de-sacs, a family-friendly and community-building design feature that is no longer offered in new construction.

Nearby dining options include Clyde’s at Mark Center, locally owned, Tempo RestaurantRockland’s BarbequePanera BreadRamparts Tavern & GrillCafe PizzaiolaGreat Harvest Bread, Atlantis Pizzeria and of course, multiple Starbucks. Or visit Unwined, a locally owned wine shop, for that special bottle of wine on your way home from work. Within two miles in any direction, there is a Harris Teeter, Safeway, and Whole Foods.

Seminary Ridge is known for its welcoming neighbors; residents of Seminary Ridge are very civic-minded and there is an active Seminary Ridge Civic Association. The community holds plenty of local events throughout the year such as the Halloween Parade, Summer Picnic, Holiday Party, and Wine Club. Even just walking or driving down the street, you will see groups of neighbors gathered around chatting as they walk their dogs or play with their kids. It is also a member of Seminary Hill Association, which promotes the general welfare of local residents. When new neighbors move in, a welcoming committee greets them with the Seminary Ridge community directory and a calendar of events.

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