Featured Home of the Week – Sonny Slept here


For any real Washington-area football fan, the perfect afternoon would consist of watching a Redskins game in a house that belonged to legendary Redskins quarterback Sonny Jurgenson. For the history buff, the ideal location would be close to George Washingtons Mount Vernon. And for anyone who wants a home with that Wow! factor, how about a living room boasting windows soaring 15-feet high with a Potomac River view.

All of these dreams come true in one home on the Potomac shore in Riverwood, now listed at $5.5 million with the Blumel Group at Keller Williams?

Built in 1933 in a classical Mediterranean style, this fine home has been renovated with popular modern luxuries.  The open rear cabana provides the perfect place for enjoying the game, with a large-screen TV built into the full-length stone mantel.

Refreshments are readily available, thanks to the Viking grill with burners and a smoker plus an ice maker, refrigerator and sink. It is located on the patio, where the heated swimming pool adjoins the Potomac River and the landscaped .85-acre lot. The $5.5 million price also includes an adjoining .34-acre parcel, which has already been subdivided for another home. Total lot size is 1.19 acres.

Glass doors connect the patio with the palatial parlor. They stand beneath arched windows rising 15 feet high, providing a sweeping river view. The 26-foot ceilings boast elaborate crystal chandeliers that will remain with the home.

Original black-and-white tiles adorn the entrance foyer, with gleaming hardwood floors gracing the adjoining living room and continuing throughout the first and second stories. These original tiles also appear in the powder room.

Arches frame the library and dining room on either side of the parlor. The library features an impressive stone mantel plus full-length built-in mahogany bookshelves framing a floor-to-ceiling window.

The dining room adjoins a modern gourmet kitchen distinguished by a beamed ceiling, a rear stairway, granite counters and Travertine marble floors. A professional-style stove with six burners and a griddle, dual ovens, a stainless-steel double refrigerator and three sinks completes the food preparation area. Between the kitchen and the living room, the family room displays dramatically slanted ceilings and a side front exit.

The second-story landing features a seating area leading to the master suite.  Its bedroom is graced by a Juliet balcony overlooking the parlor and large windows with an expansive river view. A jetted Jacuzzi tub stands beneath a painted sky in the center of the master bathroom, which also boasts a glass-enclosed steam shower, dual vessel sinks, cedar closets and Travertine floor.

Across the landing, another bedroom also provides a full bath with a glass-enclosed shower. Two more bedrooms share a bath with a glass-enclosed shower and dramatic stone walls.  One of these bedrooms also provides a separate front entrance next to the two-car garage.