A Slice of George Washington’s Original Mount Vernon Farm Sells for $48 Million

Part of George Washington’s original Mount Vernon estate sold last week for $48 million, the highest residential sale ever in the Washington, D.C. region. 
The 16.5-acre property in Alexandria, Virginia, boasts 400 feet of frontage on the Potomac River, a dock and a 16,000-square-foot main house with views of the water from almost every room, according to the listing with Heather Corey of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.
Known as the River View Estate, the deal is the priciest residential transaction ever recorded across Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., according to the Multiple Listing Service. 
“It’s the largest privately owned parcel of the original Mount Vernon estate,” Ms. Corey said. “It’s located on one of the best aspects along the Potomac River.”
It juts out on a point that allows for vistas up and down the river, she added. 
The property’s history was also a selling point. 
Part of Washington’s River Farm—he acquired 1,800 acres in 1760 for a payment of £1,210 at the equivalent of a bankruptcy sale, according to the American Horticultural Society, which also owns part of the original property—the estate was left to Washington’s personal secretary, Tobias Lear, and his wife, who was Martha Washington’s niece. 
“That it was owned by George Washington and in the Washington family for a long time is a big deal,” Ms. Corey said. 
Washington did not, however, sleep in the seven-bedroom, 13-bathroom home. A new, bright white residence was built in the American Federal style in 2014, designed by architect Jim Rill, based in Bethesda, Maryland. 
Amenities include a circular glass room with views of the water and the grounds, several terraces, a wood-panelled library, a game room with a full bar and a fitness center with an indoor pool and spa, according to the listing. There’s also a three-bedroom guest house and a carriage house with a studio apartment. 
The home is surrounded by landscaped grounds and gardens inspired by old blueprints found on the property, the listing said. That includes rose gardens and English boxwood shrubs, surrounded by mature trees that add privacy to the estate. 

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