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This close-in property has a countryside feel

August 10, 2012 12:10 am


The master bath has a jetted tub and separate shower. 081012HHRita0279.jpg

The 4,700-square-foot house has a brick front, architectural shingle roof, and a two-car garage. 081012HHRita0129.jpg

The property includes a garage with space for eight cars. 081012HHRita0014.jpg

The 4-acre lot at 24 Rita Lane in Stafford may have only two acres cleared, but it seems like a lot more than that. The horses seem content. 081012HHRita0160.jpg

The kitchen is an attractive combination of natural cherry cabinets, brown Silestone countertops and black appliances. 081012HHRita0222.jpg

Downstairs is Hovey's Pub, just one element of a basement that walks out to the pool and patio. There's also space for a home theater.


If you've ever pictured what a secluded, postcard-perfect property in Stafford County looks like, this may be it.

Tucked away off Walnut Drive but just minutes from the Leland Road VRE station, 24 Rita Lane is an island of tranquility, with a swimming pool, separate combination 8-car garage and horse stable and four acres of white-fenced pasture.

The house is a combination of brick and siding. Built in 1998 by the late local builder Larry Sullivan, it is ranch-style with a full finished basement, providing 4,700 square feet of living space. There are five bedrooms and three full bathrooms.

The construction date is a deceiving indicator of the home's overall condition. Thanks to a thorough renovation in 2007, the interior looks fresh and new throughout.

Now that owners Daryll and Kelly Hovey are empty nesters, they've decided it's time to move on. They've listed the property with Peter Romani of Long & Foster Realtors in Fredericksburg. The asking price is $788,000.


The beauty of the property begins with the 4-acre lot and how its features are configured. The terrain is slightly rolling, with a large cleared area surrounded by wooded areas for privacy. Portions of the open area are defined by classic white fencing, including a pasture where a pair of horses were passing time earlier this week.

A paved lane leads to a circular driveway that serves both the house and the large garage and stable. An automobile collector who has been active with the Barrett-Jackson Auction Co., Daryll Hovey houses his collectible automobiles there. The garage is as tidy as it can be and has a floor that's been treated with UCoat It epoxy.

The garage structure also houses two horse paddocks and a tack room. Other outbuildings include a run-in shed and an equipment shed.

The centerpiece of the property is the house, with a rear deck, an adjacent swimming pool, attached two-car garage and plenty of surrounding open space for entertaining and family fun.

The main entrance opens to a foyer with the formal dining room on the right and a living room to the left that could serve as a home office.

Just past the living room is the large main-level master bedroom suite. The comfortably appointed bedroom opens to a luxurious master bath with jetted tub, separate shower and his-and-hers vanities on opposite sides of the room.


Next, the foyer spills into an open family room with a cathedral ceiling and a gas-fired fireplace. It's an inviting area for gathering family and friends, while providing ready access to the kitchen.

Kelly Hovey designed a clever compartment in the family room that that serves as a hutch and serving table for casual dining while containing and hiding the washer and dryer.

The kitchen is a lovely space with custom-built natural cherry wood cabinetry and black appliances. The mottled medium-brown Silestone countertops look like granite but require no maintenance.

Down a hallway from the kitchen are two secondary bedrooms that share a bathroom.

There is hardwood flooring throughout the main level. Overall, the main level is suited for single-story living.

But who wouldn't want to spend time downstairs? The lower level is designed for comfort, relaxation and entertaining. There's a wetbar and a handsome cherry wood bar with a small refrigerator. It's been dubbed Hovey's Pub.

The large main space is divided into a media area with sectional seating with nearby space for a pool table. A second gas-fired fireplace is down here.

Two bedrooms are in the basement as well, a second master plus a secondary bedroom that share a full bathroom.

Yet another room is set up as a children's play room, but could just right as a hobby space or exercise room.

The basement walkout opens to the heated, in-ground pool and patio at the side of the house, the perfect retreat after a day of Virginia heat and humidity.

Richard Amrhine: 540/374-5406

WHAT: Open house

WHERE: 24 Rita Lane, Stafford WHEN: Sunday, 1-4 p.m. DIRECTIONS: From Deacon Road, left on Leland Road, right on Walnut Drive. Follow Walnut Drive one mile to property.

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