Gorgeous historic brick Federal-style townhouse in prime Old Town, Alexandria, built in 1812 and impeccably updated, expanded and restored! This freestanding jewel stands on one of the original 31 lots offered for sale in 1749, on a plat originally owned by Augustine Washington Jr., the half-brother of George Washington. Francis M. Hill purchased the property in 1884 and probably Victorianized the house including the Mansard roof. There have been many additional upgrades over the years such as the addition of a wonderful family room in 2011.
The stately home is enveloped by the south lawn and garden brimming with mature tall trees, azaleas, pink hydrangeas, boxwood, crape myrtle, and wisteria. In addition to its lush setting, the residence sits on a generous triple lot that includes an additional buildable lot and features classically elegant yet modernized interiors. Another amazing bonus is a rare converted carriage house in the rear, complete with its own private entrance, living space, full kitchen and skylight, making a perfect home office or artist studio; plus there’s a loft bedroom and bath upstairs for guest quarters, and French doors opening to the peaceful garden.
Every inch of this important 6 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom house has been freshly painted, from all interior walls and doors to the exquisite millwork, extensive moldings and built-in bookshelves. Gracious living space is further enriched by stunning heart of pine floors throughout, 6 original fireplaces, cast iron radiators and other refined details. An inviting entry hall welcomes you, with wide arched openings to adjoining formal living and dining rooms that are well-suited for entertaining. Both are bathed in natural light, with wood-burning fireplace and matching mantles. Tall 11’ ceilings are found in the entry hall, living and dining rooms. Serve meals in the regal dining room with built-in storage and display shelves, then step out French doors to the garden terrace for coffee, after-dinner cocktails, and conversation.
The fabulous eat-in kitchen is appointed for the chef with custom cabinetry, huge granite-top island, stainless steel appliances including a Lacanche French range in an arched brick nook, and a sunny breakfast area with gas fireplace. Nearby is the glorious family room with striking coffered ceilings, a fireplace flanked by built-ins, 3 walls of glass, arched windows, radiant heat floors, and French doors on both sides to the outdoor oasis. A guest powder room, and convenient mudroom with heated tile floors, storage and laundry complete the main level.
The 2nd story also has airy 11’ ceilings, oversized windows on all sides, and several private retreats. A lovely sitting room/library with wood-burning fireplace, gorgeous paneling and built-ins is a peaceful place to read and lounge. Unwind in your divine primary bedroom with a relaxing fireplace and scenic garden views. Freshen up in the beautiful beadboard bath with an antique clawfoot tub, separate shower and original glass-front cabinet. There’s also a spacious dressing/sitting room with wall of closets, 2nd laundry area, and intimate guest suite with a cozy balcony and beautiful bath. Two more bright and comfortable bedrooms sharing a full bath await on the 3rd floor.
Three off-street parking spaces, and a premier location just a block from the shops and restaurants of King Street, and 2 blocks from the river take this gem over the top!