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Rappahannock House

Jordan Goldstein

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Sara Johnson, Hanley Wood Media

Project Name

Rappahannock House

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Year Completed



3,200 sq. feet

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Project Description


For years, Jordan and Laurie Goldstein had been hoping to build a new contemporary house in their inside-the-DC beltway neighborhood. Frustrated by the bidding wars and inflated prices of tear down properties, they were about to give up on this dream. After a getaway weekend in the Virginia countryside, they decided to change tactics and search for undeveloped land in Rappahannock County, a 75 minute drive west of Washington DC.

Rather than pay the inflated prices for a teardown home on a postage stamp sized lot in their neighborhood, they would keep their Bethesda, Maryland bungalow and build a weekend home in the Virginia hills.

They found the perfect piece of land: 23 acres of rolling Virginia farmland nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Jordan, an architect and managing director of Gensler’s Washington DC office, designed an open, glassy house with spaces organized around a large, central family room. The house opens to the west with dramatic views to the mountains from the floor-to-ceiling windows located throughout.

They wanted a dynamic home with amenities that their young children would enjoy today and want to bring friends to for years to come. The home includes an outdoor pool, game area, and theater.

Built in 8 months, the four-bedroom home hangs over the hillside with a cantilevered master bedroom. The 3,200 square foot house was built for half of what it would have cost inside-the-beltway.
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