Home of the Week: A beautiful home, steeped in history

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(Photos/Bob Narod)
At a Glance:
Location:  307 S. Saint Asaph St., 22314
Price: $3,995,000
Style: Townhouse on a double lot
Built: 1780 Exterior: Brick Bedrooms: 5
Contact:  Babs Beckwith, 703-836-1297, babsbeckwith@aol.com or Sue Goodhart, 703-362-3221, sue@thegoodhartgroup.com. Agents with McEnearney Associates, Inc.

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As a rare, historic treasure on one of Alexandria’s prized blocks, 307 S. Saint Asaph St. is inarguably one of the finest houses in coveted Old Town. Built circa 1780, expanded in 1854 and upgraded over the years, this stately four-story Federal-style brick townhouse boasts a storied history and sits on a large double lot graced with manicured landscaping, mature trees and lush gardens.

This distinctive Neo-Classical home was originally constructed by shipping merchant Benjamin Shreve and occupied for most of the 19th century by Edward Stabler, founder of the Stabler-Leadbetter Apothecary. Its archeological designation from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, its association with the city’s prominent Quaker families, and subsequent use as barracks during the Civil War lends to the uniqueness and significance.

This timeless single-family masterpiece presents 11 rooms, five bedrooms, four full baths, two half baths, high ceilings, huge windows, hardwood floors, five wood-burning fireplaces, exquisite moldings and other classical architectural elements.

Brimming with charm and filled with natural light, this incomparable residence welcomes you in through a handmade solid mahogany door to a grand entry foyer and hall, and an ambiance of elegance that awaits beyond.

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