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Crush of the Week – Modern Coolness

cotw – modern coolness

Our crush this week is the retro | modern coolness of Charlottesville’s iconic “I” house, that was featured on the cover of Abode magazine. It is a marriage of industrial, mid-century modern Case Study, and green design. The design/builder wanted to create “an oasis in the city”, and he has done just that. The front yard is beautifully landscaped and the fully fenced backyard has several patios and an elegant fire pit – perfect for entertaining!

The home is located 2 miles from the Downtown Mall, and next to the trail alongside the John W Warner Parkway. This has the additional benefit of access to the city by foot or bike, further reducing your carbon footprint.

walls of windows

The windows and glass doors in this home are epic! Double sliding patio doors (4 full glass doors, my people!) lead to the patio from the dining room, great room, and master bedroom. This gives you practically a whole wall in each room, with a view of your gorgeous back yard. The “I” house makes Frank Lloyd Wright’s principles of harmony, sustainability, and integration with nature a reality, with the addition of a wide-open feel, unconstricted by Wright’s tiny kitchens and narrow hallways.

what we are crushing on

just the facts

4 bedrooms  |  2 baths  |  3,170 sqft  |   .28 acres


  • Open layout
  • Double oven
  • Eat-in with breakfast bar and island
  • Gas range with surface grill
  • Vegetable sink
  • Wood cabinets
  • Quartz countertops

master suite

  • Sitting area
  • A full wall of glass doors to patio
  • Walk-in closet
  • Dual vanities
  • River rock shower with a rain showerhead
  • Large soaking tub

inside, outside, upside down

  • Vaulted/cathedral 10′ ceiling
  • Insulated, low-e, casement windows
  • Transom windows
  • Mid-century modern wood burning fireplace in the dining room / great room
  • Washer | dryer
  • Attached 3 car garage
  • Fully fenced backyard
  • Garden space
  • Landscaped front yard

so fresh and so green

  • Construction: Low VOC paints/finishes, Lead-free paint, Spray Foam, Low VOC Insulation, Non-Toxic Materials, South-facing Living Areas, Advanced Framing, Insulated Concrete
  • Cooling: ENERGY STAR Equipment
  • Exterior: Cement siding, ES qualified doors, White Roof, ES qual Windows
  • Ratings: HERS Rating
  • Floors: Concrete
  • Heating: Hydronic Radiant Flooring
  • Lot: Native Plants, Water-Smart Landscaping, South/West Shading
  • Other: Direct Vent Fans, Carbon Monoxide Detector, Programmable Thermostat
  • Foundation: Sealed Foundation
  • Interior: ES qual light fixture(s), WS labeled bath faucets, WS labeled showerhead(s), WS labeled toilets, Dual-flush toilet(s), ES qual exhaust fan(s)
  • Fireplace: EPA Certified Wood Stove

Start with the virtual tour, and then let’s go see it! 

1320 Kenwood Ln  |  Charlottesville, VA

Listed by: Tom Raney  |  NEST REALTY GROUP

Heavily active in and around my hometown of Charlottesville, as well as beautiful Historic Staunton/Augusta where I currently reside, my creative internet marketing campaign helps us get noticed across the globe. From farms and estates, to city homes in either of these regions, and anywhere in between them, I can help. I'm a huge fan of the enjoyable transaction, and aim for creating them in all aspects of my life. With my varied background, including design, advertising, carpentry, Real Estate investment, and sales, I am uniquely qualified to assist you in making your transaction as profitable and pleasing as possible. It is extremely important to me that when you look back on your home's sale or purchase, you think of it in a positive light. In other words, you come first. I stake my excellent reputation on it.

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