There are some amazing properties that come on the market here in Washington, often with lots of history for their agents to feature in the listing brochures. Of the five highest priced properties for sale in Washington right now, two of them are historic enough be on the National Register of Historic Places. For each of these properties, you may click on the address for a virtual tour.
OK, I could live very happily in the 3-bedroom gate house for the Evermay Estate, which sits on over three acres of prime Georgetown land, is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Dating back to the 18th century, it was originally constructed by Samuel Davidson, an international maritime merchant and "FOG" - that would be friend of George. Um, Washington. He also owned a bunch of real estate that is now the site of the White House, among others. The main house has 9 bedrooms, 6 full and 5 half baths. There is a dining room that will seat 40 and a ballroom for dancing the night away. The property is extremely private, and from the upper levels has a view of the Washington Monument. Oh, and did I mention parking - a must in Georgetown - for about 100 cars. Evermay is listed by Long & Foster. The price, originally at $49,000,000 is now reduced to $39,500,000.
This 13,000 square feet Georgian home was built in 1930, almost new construction by Washington standards! While it is close to downtown, it sits on a third of an acre on a tree-lined street and overlooks the British Embassy. Oh! And you needn't have any concerns about security, as the Secretary of State is one of the neighbors, meaning serious Secret Service protection 24/7. The landscaping on this property in just beautiful. Inside, you are welcomed into a beautiful marble foyer. The living space is set up for entertaining, with a dining room that can seat 40 for a formal dinner. The kitchen is thoroughly modern, there is a large wine cellar, and the elevator makes life easier for people like me who have terrible knees. There are Throughout this property there are beautiful architectural details where the original charm and character has been preserved. This home is listed by TTR Sothebys International Realty for $20,000,000.
Halcyon House is another wonderful Georgetown property with a past. Built on a hillside by James Stoddart (our first Navy Secretary) in 1787, it has a wonderful vista of the Potomac River. The virtual tour says it all. The restoration was an exhausting labor of love. The home boasts a sculptor's studio, beautiful pool in the south yard with views of the Virginia skyline, 14-car parking, and a kitchen that is perfect for the caterers who show up to feed your guests. The home is, in fact, a favorite venue for elegant Washington wedding receptions and other festive events. This property is listed with TTR Sothebys International Realty, reduced from $30,000,000 to $19,500,000.
Located just off Massachusetts Avenue near all of the embassies, this Mediterranean style villa was completely rebuilt in 2001. There is a sweeping circular staircase coming down to the marble foyer. The kitchen is amazing, and well set up for caterers. The rooms are large and sunlit, and it is a perfect place to entertain guests. It has 10 bedrooms, 10 baths and 3 half baths. And of course, there is a beautiful pool in the beautifully landscaped back yard. This home is listed by WC & AN Miller (Long & Foster) for $18,500,000.
Built in 1890, this brick bay front would make a wonderful home where you could throw phenomenal parties. It would also be a great place for a law firm, association or educational organization. It's right downtown, just off Dupont Circle, across the street from Brookings and near Metro. It has been amazingly renovated, and my personal favorite thing about this property is the railing with beautiful ironwork that goes up the circular staircase and around the second floor. The home boasts two kitchens, one for the caterers downstairs, and one for the family up. It is listed by TTR Sothebys International Realty for $14,900,000, reduced from $17,500,000.
If you are looking for a home in Washington, I would be honored to help you find it. Call Patricia Kennedy at 202-549-5167.