House of the Week – Enjoy historical living


Living in the 200 block of Old Town in a historic house on a tree-lined street with brick sidewalks might seem like a pricey venture but not so with the house at 205 Wolfe Street. This three bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse, built in 1820, is listed for $695,000 by Carol Cleary at McEnearney Associates, at 703-549-9292.

The brick steps from the sidewalk lead to the front door which opens to a cozy living room with wood-burning fireplace and wood floors throughout the house. The house retains many of the colonial characteristics of the time. To the rear of the living room is a dining room with another wood-burning fireplace, a closet and a door to the side alley.

Behind the dining room is the kitchen that features wood floors, wood cabinets, a water purifier, and a side nook with washer and dryer hook ups. There is a window in the kitchen that looks out onto the alley and a window air conditioner, even though a brand new central air conditioner was recently installed.

To the back of the kitchen is a family room addition, with a half bath, and French doors that look out to the backyard. There is no record of when the addition was built.

Original wood stairs lead from the dining room to the second floor where there is a front bedroom overlooking the street. There is an attic over the front bedroom for additional storage. From the hall, there is another smaller bedroom which is perfect for a nursery or office, and a full bath next to it. Beyond the full bath towards the rear of the house is the master bedroom with a full bath and tiled shower. The window on the back wall of the master bedroom overlooks the backyard, and there is a side window.

In the front of the house under the stairs, there is a short door that leads to an underground basement storage area. It  has a window as well.

Wolfe Street is a few blocks from the restaurants and shops on King Street, and two blocks from the Potomac River. The house is listed on the citys historic registry, and marked with a historic plaque on the front.