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521 Duke Street
Alexandria, Virginia VA 22314-3737
Sold For: $1,960,000
Listing ID VAAX259698
Bedrooms 4
Full Baths 3
Total Baths 4
Partial Baths 1
SqFt 3,648
Acres 0.060
Year Built 1789

Property Description:

First time on the market in 35 years, this important, historic house will amaze you. Built in 1789 by Lawrence Hooff, Sr., this distinguished brick townhouse was once home to George Washington’s nephew and heir to the Mount Vernon Estate, Bushrod Washington, who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and presumably used the two front rooms as his law offices and the upper levels as the family living quarters. Today, this fine 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath residence embodies the historic beauty of yesteryear with modern conveniences including generously proportioned rooms, original hardwood floors, 12 over 12 windows, exquisite built-ins, off-street parking, and a wonderful private patio. This timeless home greets you with an airy entrance hall boasting 10’ ceilings graced by an elegant hand carved archway. Entertaining is effortless in the spacious library featuring a wood burning fireplace, oversized windows, and custom bookshelves. A stately dining room with French doors overlooking the courtyard is a lovely setting for gatherings. It is believed that President George Washington dined here with his nephew. And in recent years President Bill Clinton dined here. Prepare meals in the well-equipped kitchen enriched by a dramatic exposed brick wall and beamed ceiling. Set conveniently off the kitchen is a handsome family room featuring paneling from a barn in southern Virginia built in 1800, a fireplace and a glass door opens to the outdoors. A powder room is off the front hall to accommodate guests. Above the library sits a second-floor parlor showcasing the unparalleled craftsmanship of long ago. It is a vision of beauty with its arched entrance doorway and original glass fanlight, tall windows, fireplace, and built-in cabinetry setting the perfect tone for formal entertaining. A charming primary bedroom featuring original paneling and millwork, fireplace, and heart of pine floors provides an elegant respite. Additional second floor highlights include a light-filled guest suite, updated marble bath, and a large cedar closet. The third level includes 2 sunny bedrooms, a full bath and desk space. Surrounded by old brick walls, the delightful patio is adorned with a mature magnolia tree, roses, holly, and an espaliered pyracantha offering the perfect setting for al fresco dining. One off-street parking space for this property is located beyond the gate.

Primary Features

County: Alexandria City
Half Baths: 1
Price/SqFt: 620.7
Property Sub Type: Interior Row/Townhouse
Property Type: Residential
Year Built: 1789
Zoning: RM


Above Grade Finished Area Units: Square Feet
Above Grade Finished SqFt Source: Assessor
Appliances: Built-In Microwave, Central Vacuum, Cooktop, Dishwasher, Disposal, Oven - Double, Refrigerator, Washer, Dryer
Basement: yes
Basement Type: Connecting Stairway, Interior Access, Partial
Bathrooms Count Main Level: 1
Bathrooms Count Upper Level 1: 2
Bathrooms Count Upper Level 2: 1
Bathrooms Full Upper Level 1: 2
Bathrooms Full Upper Level 2: 1
Bathrooms Half Main Level: 1
Bedrooms Count Upper Level 1: 2
Bedrooms Count Upper Level 2: 2
Below Grade Finished Area Units: Square Feet
Below Grade Finished SqFt: 450
Below Grade Finished SqFt Source: Assessor
Below Grade Unfinished Area Units: Square Feet
Below Grade Unfinished SqFt Source: Assessor
Central Air: yes
Cooling Type: Central A/C
Fireplace: yes
Fireplaces Count: 4
Flooring Type: Hardwood
Heating: yes
Heating Type: Baseboard - Hot Water, Zoned
Interior Features: Built-Ins, Cedar Closet(s), Chair Railings, Crown Moldings, Exposed Beams, Family Room Off Kitchen, Formal/Separate Dining Room, Kitchen - Galley, Window Treatments, Wood Floors
Levels Count: 3
Living Area SqFt Source: Assessor
Room List: Living Room, Dining Room, Primary Bedroom, Bedroom 2, Bedroom 3, Bedroom 4, Kitchen, Family Room, Laundry, Loft, Bathroom 1, Bathroom 2, Bathroom 3
Total Below Grade SqFt: 450
Total Below Grade SqFt Source: Assessor
Total SqFt: 3648
Total SqFt Source: Assessor
Wall & Ceiling Types: 9'+ Ceilings, High, Plaster Walls


Architectural Style: Federal
Construction Materials: Brick, Stone
Cooling Fuel: Electric
Door Features: Six Panel, French
Fencing: Masonry/Stone, Rear
Garage: no
Heating Fuel: Natural Gas
Hot Water: Natural Gas
Lot Size Source: Assessor
Lot Size Units: Square Feet
Lot SqFt: 2400
Main Entrance Orientation: South
Navigable Water: no
New Construction: no
Other Structures: Above Grade, Below Grade
Parking Features: Surface
Pool: No Pool
Roof: Metal, Slate
Sewer Septic: Public Sewer
Tidal Water: no
Total Garage and Parking Spaces: 1
Type of Parking: Off Street
Water Access: no
Water Oriented: no
Water Source: Public
Water View: no
Window Features: Double Hung, Wood Frame


Condo/Co-op Association: no
Country: US
HOA: no
In City Limits: yes
School District Source: Listing Agent
Senior Community: no
Transportation: Airport less than 10 miles, Metro/Subway Station less than 1 mile
Waterfront: no


Accessibility Features: None
Days on Market: 7
Historic: yes
Land Use Code: 058
Property Condition: Excellent
Story List: Lower 1, Main, Upper 1, Upper 2
Year Assessed: 2021
Year Built Source: Estimated


Automatically Update Tax Values: yes
Buyer Financing: Cash
Contingency Type: Home Inspection
Ownership Interest: Fee Simple
Possession: Settlement
Riparian Rights: no
Sale Type: Standard
Tax Annual Amount: 21297
Tax Assessed Value: 1884734
Tax Lot: 521
Tax Total Finished SqFt: 3648
Tax Year: 2021
Vacation Rental: no

Zoning Info

Listing courtesy of McEnearney Associates, Inc.

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Babs Beckwith

109 S. Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 7036275421

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