A month ago, this modern single-family home in Georgetown’s East Village landed on the market for $6.5 million with a long history of hosting several celebrities, including Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and George W. Bush. Previously featured on the Washington Post, this notable listing has since relisted for $5,990,000.
The property was designed in circa 1948 by Joseph Alsop, one of the nation’s most influential and widely read political columnists of the time, according to the Washington Post. When it was built, some neighbors spoke out so vehemently against the modern design of the home that it led to the 1950 Old Georgetown Act, which requires architectural review of proposed projects in Georgetown. There were some supporters, though. The Washington Post’s Wolf von Eckardt called it “perhaps the best house in Georgetown.”
Inside, there are amenities like a solarium with a cupola, library, interior courtyard, and multiple levels of brick patios. According to the listing, all rooms on the main level open to a south-facing courtyard with gardens and a heated pool. In 2009, the residence underwent a massive restoration with architects Franck and Lohsen, builder Michael Carr, and interior designers Jeff Lincoln and Hillary Thomas.
The Washington Post further reports that the six-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bathroom house has also had visitors like Dean Acheson, James Forrestal, Bunny Mellon, and W. Averell Harriman.
• 2720 Dumbarton Street NW [TTR Sotheby’s International Realty]
• The modern home that scandalized Georgetown [The Washington Post]