On the Market: An 1860s rowhouse in Georgetown evokes a more elegant era


The 1860s rowhouse has a traditional Federal facade. Image credit: HomeVisit

The semi-detached rowhouse at 1411 29th St NW is a snapshot in time. Built circa 1860, it is an elegantly appointed and beautifully maintained showcase of Federalist architecture and design throughout—from the refined façade with corniced roof and traditional portico to such museum-worthy details as vintage molding, archways and flooring.

Located on a quiet, brick-lined street in Georgetown, the creamy yellow stucco and brick home with hunter green door and shutters offers 2844 square feet of gracious living space on three levels and includes two bedrooms, three full- and one half-bath, a wood burning fireplace and a private rear garden with brick terrace, mature trees and planting beds. It is on the market for $2,400,000.

The living room is rich with layered molding and millwork. Image credit: HomeVisit

A small entry foyer reveals a double parlor and dining room to the right. Straight ahead is a hall leading to the kitchen with a view of and access to the back deck and plantings beyond.

Period-faithful crown, chair rail, wainscoting and baseboard molding—rope, acanthus, dentil, egg and dart (often arrayed in layers)—adorns every room. An arched entry with rosette and fluted casing opens into living room, which is anchored by a fireplace with a white carved mantel and original marble surround and flanked by arched built-ins (shelves and cabinets).

Unknown if Lincoln slept here, but the former president occupies pride of place in the dining room. Image credit: Home Visit

Off the living room is the sitting room, an intimate space with picture-frame molding. Double archways open into the formal dining room where a large Palladian window lets in abundant light that plays up the intricate natural wood crown molding. A French door here and another in the kitchen provide access to the deck.

The adjacent galley kitchen boasts extensive storage and workspace and is accented by a folkloric ceramic tile backsplash. Appliances include a Jenn- Air electric cooktop, GE oven, microwave and dishwasher and Samsung French Door refrigerator/freezer. An adjacent butler’s pantry/dry bar make entertaining easy.

On the way to the stairway, there is a large hall closet and pretty half-bath with a scalloped pedestal sink.

A wall of oversized windows greets you at the top of the second level. To the right is an open sitting room/library/office with multiple closets. Next door, is the master suite with a lovely view of the garden. It includes an expansive walk-in closet and en-suite bath with green marble flooring, double sink vanity with green marble counters, brass fixtures and soaking tub with jets.

Down the hall is another bedroom in restful shades of blue and the hall bath.

The rear patio is laid with decorative brick and landcaped with mature trees and plantings. Image credit: HomeVisit

Downstairs on the lower level, there is a family room with built-in cabinets, another full bath, an office with a built-in desk and shelving and laundry room with sink and side-by-side washer and dryer.

The home sits between O and P Streets NW, steps away from the vibrant retail and restaurant attractions on M St and Wisconsin Avenue. It is within walking distance to the waterfront, Georgetown University, Dupont Circle, the West End and offers easy access to northern Virginia and points west via the Key Bridge.

The Federalist semi-detached rowhouse at 1411 29th St NW is listed for $2,400,000 with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information, contact Michael Rankin at [email protected], 202.271.3344. For a virtual tour, visit http://spws.homevisit.com/mls/256356/1411-29TH- STREET-NW-WASHINGTON-DC-20007.