08 February

Washington Fine Properties lists residence of former White House Counsel, C. Boyden Gray

Washington Fine Properties is honored to announce the offering of 1534 28th St NW, the residence of Former White House Counsel, C. Boyden Gray.  The estate will be listed for $14,995,000.

Centrally located in Georgetown’s East Village, the Italianate mansion is an historic landmark known as the Robert P. Dodge House. Built in 1850 by Andrew Jackson Downing and Calvert Vaux, an important architectural partnership of the 19th century, their designs and influence extended a distinct architectural style that influenced the affluent from New York to Palm Beach, including Central Park and the National Mall. At over 11,000 square feet with embassy sized public rooms this house offers unparalleled proportions. The four-level residence was decorated by Richard Keith Langham, an interior designer based in New York, known for his design work for Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The house features soaring ceilings, eight bedrooms, seven full baths, two half baths, an immense private garden, a crescent drive, and a sizable two-car garage. This singular residence achieved the highest sales price in Washington for a single-family house when purchased by Gray in 1988 for $4,000,000.

Long regarded, both in the United States and abroad, as the finest residence in Georgetown and all of Washington D.C., the estate had been owned by C. Boyden Gray for the past 40 years. Gray was an American lawyer and diplomat who served as White House Counsel from 1981 to 1993 and as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union from 2006 to 2007. He was also an influential Washington attorney and founding partner of the law firm Boyden Gray & Associates LLP. Gray recently passed away in the spring of 2023.

Gray was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His father, Gordon Gray, was a lawyer who served as a senior advisor including posts as a U.S. National Security Advisor and Secretary of the Army under Presidents Truman and Eisenhower. Gray's grandfather, Bowman Gray Sr., was the president of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

Jamie PevaNancy Taylor Bubes and Lenore Rubino of Washington Fine Properties are representing the sellers of the residence.

“There are a lot of things that make this house special, but more than anything this is a house that was built as a mansion, it did not evolve into one, thus its fabulous proportions and its authenticity flow together to create a one of kind property” - Jamie Peva.

Washington Fine Properties has made a name for itself representing important and fine properties in the region, but we are so proud to be representing this important residence. It is a feather in our cap and we will look forward to finding the right buyer” – Thomas Anderson.

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