Historic Properties for Sale: Close to (DC) Home Edition

Posted on: September 23rd, 2011 by David Garber 1 Comment

I'm as big of a Washington, DC cheerleader as it gets. I love biking its wide avenues and rowhouse-lined neighborhood streets. I love that it's reinventing itself and that people are reinvesting in neighborhoods that could use a lift. I love how international it is, how front and center it is, and how there's something interesting to do any night of the week.

Although you won't often hear me advocating a move out of the city, I am somewhat contractually obligated (okay fine, these are great houses) to show off these on-the-market options just outside DC's border. You know, just in case you're in the market for Congressional representation.

Renovated Victorian - Chevy Chase, Maryland

This charming 1901 Victorian has been beautifully updated and maintained by its present owners. It is situated on a gloriously landscaped quarter acre with water fall and koi pond in the convenient and popular Somerset neighborhood. The home is graced by a gorgeous front porch, formal living and dining rooms with fireplaces, sunny family room opening to a deck, and an eat-in kitchen. Pricetag: $1,795,000

Lord Fairfax House - Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Centuries of grandeur permeate this renovated 5-bedroom, 5 1/2-bath historic home with exquisite woodwork and curving staircase. Built in 1801 for Thomas Lord Fairfax, a close friend of George and Martha Washington, this in-town mansion features a library, game room, up-to-date kitchen and breakfast room that cater to everyday living, and a magnificent dining room and grand salon for special events. The sunroom embraces a garden with year-round gazebo, garage, and off-street parking. Pricetag: $5,995,000

Maple Shade - Vienna, Virginia

Built in 1890, Maple Shade is a quaint farm house that retains the charm and ambiance of a bygone era. The kitchen and baths have been totally renovated for the 21st century, yet reflect earlier times. Newly painted inside and out, Maple Shade is just moments to shopping, nature trails, and the local historic district. Pricetag: $699,900

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One Response

  1. Kaitlin

    September 26, 2011

    Beautiful!! Only a) I can’t imagine having that much money and b) What is with the little shutters on Maple Shade? Ha. Made me laugh. It’s okay – the rest of her beauty cannot be understated.