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Here's How To Make A 224-Year-Old House Look Modern

Everyone has seen it; those historic houses (particularly in Virginia) that were built during the nascent years of our country and haven't changed the decor since. Just because George Washington was alive when the house was built does not mean that it should look like it belongs in Colonial Williamsburg. Case in point: this house on Duke Street. Yes, the exterior is appropriately colonial, but one need only step into the dining room to step into the 21st century. The twisted wooden side table is a modern, if earthy touch, as are the gun metal colored table and two-tone walls. Plus, if you still want a touch of the old world in this four bedroom home, the brick floors in the kitchen will take you through the way back machine. Ask is $1.95M.

· 201 Duke Street Alexandria, VA [Estately]