George Washington’s unique Mount Vernon property comprised six separate farms, one among which sat excessive on a promontory alongside the Potomac. Earlier than his dying, Washington deeded that land to his private secretary, Tobias Lear, and his spouse, who was Martha Washington’s niece. That bucolic 16.5-acre property in Alexandria, Va., dubbed River View, is now on the market for $60 million.
The mansion just isn’t an unique construction (a blessing, contemplating ceiling heights in colonial days), however architect Jim Rill adhered to the Federal fashion in designing it. The interval particulars inside, reminiscent of coffered ceilings, wood-inlay flooring and arched doorways and home windows, really feel wealthy with historical past.
A stone-lined driveway gives a formidable method to the home from the gated entrance, with the reception corridor and sweeping staircase conveying the identical stately drama.
Whereas it could preserve to some historic particulars, the 16,000-square-foot home has all the trendy feels. The gorgeous and spacious kitchen has two black-stone-topped islands, two sinks, a pot filler and top-of-the-line home equipment. As a lot as you may need to linger there, each room is so inviting it will be laborious to decide on a favourite. The ethereal lounge is lined with paned home windows to take a look at the lawns and water outdoors. A comfy billiards room additionally has views, in addition to two TVs and a full bar. The wood-paneled library provides a fire and tufted leather-based sofas to sink into.
The health suite contains a big fitness center (with views, naturally), plus a resistance-current pool, a sauna, steamroom and spa. The 15-seat screening room permits for movie-binging in personal consolation. A 3-bedroom, three-bathroom visitor home can be on property, and the renovated carriage home accommodates 4 automobiles, plus an extra residence.
Almost all of the rooms lead out to patios, and the principle terraces are simply begging to host giant occasions. The colonial boxwood and rose gardens had been recreated utilizing blueprints discovered with the home. A non-public dock juts from the 400 ft of shoreline for boating journeys. And that shoreline has been bolstered to forestall future erosion.
Considerate and progressive programs underpin the complete residence. There’s a geothermal heating system, state-of-the-art well-water administration and backup turbines. Safety, utilities and leisure programs are all managed with next-level know-how.
At that $60 million price ticket, the seven-bedroom, 13-bath property is the most costly residence on the market in Alexandria, Va. It’s listed with Heather Corey of TTR Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty.
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