With eight bedrooms and eight and a half bathrooms spread out over 5,132 square feet in the heart of Alexandria, Virginia, the house for sale at 506 Cameron Street already caught the attention of discerning buyers. But throw in a piece of priceless history, and you’ve got a bonafide real estate gem. The incredible home, listed for $4.1 million, was once partially owned by George Washington.
The incredible property features tons of historic charm like exposed brick, a grand foyer, soaring ceilings, and several fireplaces. But, since being built in 1815, it has seen extensive modern overhauls. Along with the charming details, the house now has modern lighting, colorful furniture, sleek kitchen cabinetry, updated bathrooms, and commercial-grade appliances.
Ok, so you might be thinking, “If the house was built in 1815, how did George Washington (who died in 1799) live there?” The secret is in the kitchen. According to the listing, the historic kitchen was “rumored to have been an original out-house kitchen on this property once owned by George Washington.” It’s easy to believe that the kitchen still features a massive fireplace that’s been verified as original, and wood beam ceilings represent the style at the time.
Plus, the country’s first president lived in the townhouse next door. So, it’s believed the property for sale was partially built on Washington’s original lot. Washington also owned several lots in Old Town in addition to his Mount Vernon home.
The historical single-family house owners have been renting out the house, which is just blocks from the restaurants and shopping on King Street, on Airbnb. And they’ve been honoring the historical ties by decorating the house with pictures of Washington and modeled some of the rooms after the first-first family’s home.
“How often can you own property that belonged to the most celebrated American in history?” owner Steven Peterson, told a local paper. “George Washington lived in two places during the Revolutionary War—at Mount Vernon and his townhouse next door.”