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DC's Oldest House And Its Elián Gonzalez Connection

The Rosedale Farmhouse in Cleveland Park is thought to be the oldest home in the city since it was built sometime around the year 1793. But that is not all it is known for. During the high profile custody/immigration case over a little boy named Elián Gonzalez this house was the place he stayed with his family while he was in DC. During that time the house wasn't used as a family home but as the offices and occasional guest quarters for a student exchange group called Youth for Understanding. It is through that group that the Gonzalez family came to stay here while they waited to hear if the Supreme Court would hear their case (it didn't and the family left DC and Elián eventually returned to Cuba).

The four bed, four bath house with original floorboards that measure as wide as fourteen inches across went on the market in the spring for $5.3M but has recently dropped down to $4,950,000.

· House Of The Day: Elián's Last Stop in D.C. [WSJ]
· Listing: 3501 Newark Street NW [ColdwellBanker]

Photos from Homevisit

Rosedale Farmhouse