Home of the Week


At a Glance:

Location: Franklin Street, Old Town, 22314
Price: $3,900,000
Taxes: $34,228
Contact: Donnan Wintermute, Coldwell Banker, 703-518-6156
Lot size: 0.46 acres
Style: Classic colonial
Built: 1790
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Fireplaces: 5 (living room, dining room, study and in two bedrooms)
Parking: Two-car attached garage and long driveway
Public schools: Lyles-Crouch Elementary, George Washington Middle, T.C. Williams High
Special features: George Washington spent his last Fourth of July at a dinner celebration in this historic house, which was then the Spring Gardens tavern. While the home still preserves its historical interest and charm, it is enhanced by modern conveniences.

The original wide-plank heart-of-pine floors continue through the first and second floors, beneath colonial-style multipaned windows. The hallway overlooks the living room and its glass French doors, which lead to the gazebo and swimming pool on the landscaped half-acre lot. 

Multi-paned windows and French doors with garden views continue throughout the house. The original brick walls stand between the living room and the new family room, which adjoins the kitchen.

The renovated kitchen boasts granite counters, stainless-steel appliances, beamed ceilings and a decorative tile backsplash. All three second-story bedrooms display floral borders, dressing rooms and private baths. The master bath features a Jacuzzi whirlpool tub, separate shower, dual vanities and decorative tiles.

An additional suite includes beamed ceilings in both the bedroom and the sitting area, with its dramatically slanted ceilings. Stairs lead down to the old carriage house, which provides a recreation room and a full bath. A skylit brick breezeway leads to the family room and also provides the entrance to the two-car front garage.