Built in 1754, this Kalorama single-family home is Washington, D.C.'s oldest residence and can now be bought for $10.5 million. Despite its old age in the District, predating even the Old Stone House, it was originally built in Danvers, Massachusetts as a grand summer home. The first owner, Robert "King" Hooper, was a leading shipowner and merchant in Marblehead, Massachusetts who later lost much of his wealth and stature. According to The Washington Post, Hooper's fall was due to his persistence in sympathizing with the British during the run-up to the Revolutionary War. By the 1930s, two antiques dealers bought the property and sold it to George and Miriam Morris, a prominent District couple at the time. Over the course of three years, the house was dismantled piece by piece and was shipped to Washington, D.C. in six railroad boxcars. The Georgian-style abode later went through two restorations and three owners, the latest being retired hedge fund founder Kenneth Brody. According to the Washington Business Journal, there's some debate over whether or not the property truly is the oldest residence in the District with some arguing that the historic 1730-built Stone Cottage at the Rosedale Farmhouse at 3501 Newark St. NW is actually the oldest. Regardless, this home still holds strong as one of the oldest in the area as well as one of the most stunning.
The property is known as The Lindens, a name meant to reference the linden trees that lined the property's driveway in Massachusetts. Inside, there are six bedrooms and eight bedrooms over a total 8,820-square-feet. Some of the most extravagant features you can find inside include its Hancock staircase with carved balustrade, scenic wall coverings printed in France, and crystal chandeliers. The wood paneling and wooden doors are also original, while the two kitchens have been updated with modern stainless steel appliances. Other highlights include the property's spa, tavern room, and three-car garage.
· 2401 Kalorama Road NW [Redfin]
· The oldest house in D.C. — which wasn't built there — for sale at $10.5 million [Washington Business Journal]
· The Mansion That Found a 2nd Home [The Washington Post]