VIP Luxury Home Tour | Nick Africano

VIP Luxury Home Tour | Nick Africano

Home, Beautiful Home

Story by Liesel Schmidt

Photography Courtesy of Nick Africano, Reatlor®

While it may have been built in 1960, the house that stands at 1126 Priscilla Lane in Waynewood is nothing you’d expect to see from the period, boasting a third-floor addition made in 2006 and a floorplan that was completely re-worked to a more modern aesthetic. “The house itself is quite unique,” says owner Elaine Donovan, who recently listed the home for sale. “The space throughout the house is incredibly versatile and flexible, offering plenty of space for an office, home gym or guest bedroom suites, and the walkability of the home cannot be beaten. Outdoor enthusiasts can walk to Ft. Hunt Park and the GW Parkway trail. For those with young children, outstanding public elementary and middle schools are within walking distance. And it's only a short drive to historic Old Town Alexandria, Washington-Reagan National Airport and Washington, DC.”

Other highlights of the home include the outdoor living space that Donovan specially designed. Featuring a brand-new back porch that was installed in June 2022, the professionally-landscaped backyard also boasts an in-ground pool and hot tub. “The outdoor space provides endless opportunities for family gatherings,” says Donovan. “We also played many games of basketball on our half-court in the driveway.”


Donovan’s personal favorite aspect of the home is a nook on the third-floor landing that offers incredible natural light and a great view of both the front street as well as the backyard. “It's a perfect place to curl up with a good book,” Donovan says.

Listing agent Nick Africano is enthusiastic about what the home can offer a new owner. “What makes this home so unique is the fact that the owner took one of the traditional split foyer models and made it her own,” he notes. “She had a plan custom-designed by an architect, and no detail was spared in making it exceptional. The home features high end tiles and unusual granite choices, so it’s definitely got some wow-factors, as well as three sitting areas and two flex spaces. It’s completely the only one of its kind in the entire neighborhood, and that makes it all the more attractive—and that continues outside. The yard is fully utilized, with a pool area that has separate controls, which allow you to use the hot tub year-round even with the pool closed during the winter. There is green space, play space, a screen porch and a shed area. Both inside and out, we call it an entertainer’s dream.”

To schedule a tour or discuss your home buying or selling needs, contact Nick Africano at 703-851-6201 or by email at

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