If youve ever wanted to live in the White House, you can make your dream come true without even leaving Alexandria. This house on Orchard Street might not be as immense or important as the one on Pennsylvania Avenue, but it definitely shares the same Southern Colonial style and color scheme.
Two-story pillars frame the flat white facade in Alexandria, just as they do for the northern entrance of the big white house in Washington.
Built in 1920 but renovated with modern conveniences, the Orchard Street dwelling now provides four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a .39-acre lot with a private driveway, and both front and back balconies. It is listed for $1,999,900 with Sue Goodhart and Ginger Quinn at McEnearney Associates in Alexandria. Call 703-549-9292.
The rectangular lot sits between Braddock Road and secluded Orchard Street, with a driveway that leads to both roads. There is parking along the driveway near the backyard, so the back entrance is frequently used as the main access.
Beyond that rear door, the kitchen is off to the immediate right. It features a ceramic tile floor and backsplash wood cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Beyond the breakfast bar, the dining room displays a fireplace and window overlooking the front yard.
To the left of the back door, a powder room stands near the living room, which is divided into a formal parlor and separate sitting area with a two-sided fireplace between them. French doors lead to a separate room from both the sitting area and the living room. Another set of French doors leads from this room to the backyard, which was once a porch.
A stairway leads from the kitchen down to the family room/den, with ceramic floors, large closet and high windows. Enclosed cellar stairs lead from this room up to the backyard.
The front entrance hall stands between the living and dining rooms, in the Colonial style. Hardwood floors continue throughout the first and second levels.
From this front entrance, a wooden staircase leads to second-floor foyer. On the left, two bedrooms include one that was once the master bedroom. A balcony opposite the stairs overlooks the front yard. Trees now screen the Potomac River and U.S. Capital building, which could formerly be seen from this balcony.
To the right of the balcony, another bedroom stands beside a full bath with a glass-enclosed shower and a jetted soaking tub. Past the bathroom, a rear hall leads to the back balcony. Off that hall, a stairway leads to the spacious master suite, where the bedroom stands beneath a dramatic slanted ceiling. It includes a closet big enough for a small office, three more storage areas, a ceiling fan, and oversized windows that overlook the front and backyards.
The master bath boasts a ceramic tiled floor and the original, oversized square tub with sitting spaces on each side.
The backyard includes a well house with a sealed well, a shed, and a two-car garage with electricity and windows that could be converted into a guest house.
It is all close to the Braddock Road Metro station, Old Town and Del Ray.
The schools are George Mason Elementary, George Washington Middle and T.C. Williams High.