It is a rare property that remains steeped in history, yet accommodates the lifestyle of the modern urban dweller. 508 Queen Street in Old Town Alexandria is such a property. It is a Thomas Preston home built in 1806. Preston was a house carpenter and built many houses in historic Old Town.
Preston owned the home until he sold it to Samuel Bartle, an Alexandria commissioner, in 1830. During the time Preston owned the property, the physician who cared for George Washington during his final illness, Dr. Elisha Dick, used the property as an office. Dr. Dick was also the Mayor of Alexandria from 1804-1805. He was also Mason and laid the cornerstone to both the U.S. Capitol in 1793 and the District of Columbia in 1791.
The character of the home has been maintained, evident in the gracious dining room and the living room with a fireplace. The house has undergone extensive renovations over the last eleven years, including creating an open, gourmet kitchen with table space and fireplace, as well as a glass-walled family room addition with radiant flooring overlooking the garden. All three bedrooms have baths en–suite. The master bathroom has been expanded to include wonderful closet space and a sumptuous master bath. Down the hall past the upper level laundry, is another gracious two-room bedroom suite with a fireplace. The third floor bedroom suite has also been remodeled and features an adorable playhouse built into the eaves. The basement was excavated to create a terrific, 12-foot ceiling recreation space, office, laundry room, and full bathroom. There are radiant heat floors not only in the family room, but in the kitchen, basement, master bath, and second floor bath. In addition to the four full baths, there is a main level powder room.
In addition to the home’s extremely livable rooms, the deep, professionally landscaped garden creates a private outdoor space in the heart of the city. Thoughtfully designed, there is entertainment space, a large storage shed, an irrigation system, and two parking spaces. Possibilities include building a garage in the parking space. The garden and parking area can be accessed from the family room as well as the dining room through French doors.
The picturesque 500 block of Queen is only two blocks from the shops and restaurants on King Street and five blocks from the Potomac River and its bike trails, water taxi, marina, and Torpedo Factory art galleries. And most special of all – it is on the famous Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk parade route!
Style: Colonial, Levels: 4, Fireplaces: 4.
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