|Contact name||Betsy Myers|
|Home area||5,148 sqft|
|Lot Area||0.09 acres|
Renovated Historic Beauty. This pristine, stately Old Town home, built in 1851 and superbly restored and renovated, is truly a treasure, unparalleled in its history and architectural integrity. With 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 8 fireplaces and awe-inspiring living space, there is no equal to its comfort, quality and beauty.
Distinguished Provenance. Prominent merchant and esteemed citizen of Alexandria William McVeigh set the standard when creating this Federal house with Victorian influences. Upon the occupation of the area by Federal troops in 1861, he and his family moved to Richmond, VA, and 209 became the residence and headquarters of the Union military governor of Alexandria, General John P. Slough. After the war, McVeigh regained possession of the home after an extensive legal battle in the Federal District Court next door.
Exquisite Original Features. The facade of the house, crafted with distinctive Flemish bond brick construction, has remained unchanged and appears in a Matthew Brady Civil War era photograph. Exterior decorative cornice and brackets and a front gas lantern add to the classicism and curb appeal. The interior reflects one of the finest examples of Greek revival in Old Town and contains stunning millwork as well as curved walls on two levels, McVeigh’s signature architectural element. The historic double parlor features Corinthian columns, hand-molded plaster work, and ornate brass chandeliers, all original to the home.
Grand Interiors. Greeting you is a gorgeous entrance hall boasting high airy ceilings, a striking curved staircase, and period antique chandelier from Spurgeon-Lewis. Entertaining was never finer than in the double parlor living room graced by 2 wood-burning fireplaces with matching marble mantles, electrified gas chandeliers, original tall windows with interior pocket shutters, and 2 Corinthian columns making an elegant statement.
The regal dining room, enriched by a coffered ceiling, and charming fireplace with a marble mantel and period-style gas fireplace insert, sets the perfect tone for formal hosting. The chef’s kitchen is expansive and state-of-the-art, appointed with cherry cabinetry, granite countertops, new stainless steel appliances, contemporary lighting, and a large breakfast area with floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors to the garden.
On the 2nd floor, accessed by front and rear staircases, sits a family room with a wall of built-in custom cabinets and entertainment center, brass chandelier and LED lighting. The master suite presents 2 gracious rooms with matching antique brass chandeliers and fireplaces with original mantles. The luxurious renovated marble bath provides a pampered experience with a marble shower, beautiful hand-built wooden vanities in period style, and custom medicine cabinets. In addition there are 3 spacious guest rooms and 2 renovated guest baths.
Enchanting Outdoor Space. The lovely patio and garden were professionally designed in 2016, adorned with boxwoods, roses, and climbing perennials including wisteria. The fountain is an antique copper lavabo, originally from a European monastery. Another highlight is off-street parking (2 spaces) and a small garage suited for an antique sports car, bicycles, or storage.
Prime Location. Situated on one of Old Town’s most wonderful, sought-after streets, in the best neighborhood where cobblestoned streets and timeless architecture meet upscale shops and restaurants, rich culture and iconic urban attractions.