29 February

Washington Fine Properties lists reportedly the fourth oldest house in D.C. - Prospect House in Georgetown

Washington Fine Properties is proud to announce the offering of 3508 Prospect Street NW, known as Prospect House. The estate is listed at $15,995,000.

Long considered one of the most architecturally and historically significant properties in the city of Washington, Prospect House was built between 1787 and 1793 and sits high above the Potomac River in Georgetown.

This red brick Georgian-Federal house has been a showplace for politicians and statesmen since Revolutionary War days and is sited on nearly half an acre of beautifully manicured formal English gardens.

Among many renowned owners over the years, the property was the home of the first Secretary of Defense, James V. Forrestal, and during the Truman Administration, Prospect House served as The White House Guest House for visiting dignitaries. Presidents Washington and Adams, the Marquis de Lafayette, the Shah of Iran, the President of France, and the poet Robert Frost have all been guests of Prospect House.

The first floor of this 9,000+ square foot residence includes 12-foot ceilings; a formal entrance hall; a double parlour living room with twin Adams fireplaces, a Jefferson window, and a bay window overlooking the gardens; a banquet-sized dining room with a fireplace and river views; a gallery hall; an ample-sized eat-in kitchen, a powder room and a veranda. 

Upstairs are 7 large bedrooms -- several with river views -- a sitting room and 5 full baths.

A lovely library opening to the extensive and elegant boxwood and rose gardens, a home office, an 8th bedroom and a full bath make up the lower level. 

The property includes a 41-foot swimming pool and an octagonal watch tower where one of the earliest owners watched his merchant ships come into Georgetown Harbor.

A three-car garage and additional parking for 3 cars complete the extraordinary offering.

Prospect House has been well-maintained and improved by its current owners.

Kim Gibson and Eileen McGrath of Washington Fine Properties are representing the sellers of this extraordinary offering.

"Prospect House is a remarkable property with impressive size, scale and architectural features. With its illustrious 230+ year history, extraordinary gardens, pool, watch tower and river views, it is a singular offering in the region.  The owners have been mindful custodians of this special property and we are honoured to bring it to the market.” – Kim Gibson

Virtual tour here

Photo Credit to Homesight - Joe Hodgson.

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