On the Market: Stately Georgetown mansion recalls the Gilded Age

This nine-bedroom home at 31st and P streets NW in Georgetown is priced at $8,950,000. (photo courtesy of HomeVisit)

In 1875, Ulysses Grant was living at the White House, the notorious Boss Tweed had escaped his doleful New York prison cell for more hospitable climes in Cuba and Spain, and America’s one-percenters were building baronial manors inspired by the great houses of Europe. For a perfect example, look no further than Georgetown’s East Village on the corner of P and 31st streets NW.

Now, as then, the house at 3053 P St. represents the best of the Gilded Age architectural style — a grand entrance hall with a sweeping staircase, marble and inlaid wood floors, elaborate carved molding, high ceilings and large Palladian windows. Room after room is dedicated to receiving, entertaining and impressing guests in splendid style.

True to its era, this expansive home offers 8,610 square feet of public and private living space including nine bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and three half-baths, along with a formal living room, dining room, library, elevator and au pair/staff quarters with separate entrance. The property also features a professionally landscaped terraced garden, pool and single-car attached garage with side driveway. It is on the market for $8,950,000.

Situated on a prominent corner lot and surrounded by well-established trees, shrubs and perennials, the classic front entrance with a massive black door is guarded by Foo dogs and a whimsical carved lion covering the doorbell. Inside, the gracious center hallway with side staircase and original pine floors leads to an intimate drawing room/salon on the left and a deep parlor (or living room) to the right. Both the salon and parlor feature working fireplaces with wood mantels and vintage-stamped tin surrounds, decorative wall and crown moldings, and oversized windows.

The living room opens via French doors to the two-level marble terrace and bricked patio with pool. The salon reveals, via a set of a pocket doors, a banquet-sized dining room brightened by an almost floor-to-ceiling Palladian bay window and enlivened by padded rose-patterned wall coverings.

Next to the dining room is the kitchen, outfitted with terrazzo tile floors and creamy white cabinets and island with travertine countertops. Appliances include a side-by-side concealed Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, Maytag ice-maker, Thermador five-burner gas range and GE double wall oven. Off the kitchen is a separate breakfast room with a wall of French doors and windows and an adjacent study, both with views of and access to the garden.

Also on this level is an elegant little powder room with a porthole window, brass fittings and an Old Europe feel.

Behind the kitchen is a mudroom and back staircase leading to the lower level, which houses staff quarters with two bedrooms, a kitchen, living/dining room and three-piece bath. The area also includes a wine cellar and other extensive storage, a large exercise room/children’s playroom, a powder room, and a laundry space with an LG washer and a Whirlpool dryer.

The home at 3053 P St. NW includes a magnificent library. (photo courtesy of HomeVisit)

The front staircase (or the elevator) takes you to the second level, the first of the private living spaces. Off the gallery at the top of the stairs is a powder room with an antique wood vanity and two sizeable bedrooms with fireplaces and en suite baths. A magnificent library here features a private veranda, raised wood-paneled walls, built-in bookcases and cabinets, leaded glass windows, a concealed wet bar with brass sink, and a fireplace with limestone surround.

This second level is also home to the owner’s suite, with a large master bedroom and two master baths (“his” in wood and marble, “hers” white and feminine). A department-store-worthy walk-in closet offers nine compartments for hanging, folding and shoe storage.

On the third level, up a few steps from the second, are four bright bedrooms (one with a fireplace) and two hall baths.

Located in the heart of Georgetown’s East Village, the home is steps away from Montrose Park and Dumbarton Oaks and within walking distance of the neighborhood’s retail, restaurant and people-watching attractions.

The nine-bedroom home at 3053 P St. NW is listed for $8,950,000 with The Morrell-Roth Team at Compass. For details, contact Ellen Morrell at MRTeam@compass.com or 202-365-0196. For a virtual tour, visit