An opportunity to take a home tour of a house one a piece of land that once belonged to George Washington, of all people, doesn't come up very often. In fact, houses that once belonged to the Founding Father don't go on sale very often, so taking a look inside this stunning home on the site of Washington's Mount Vernon estate is a very special treat indeed.
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Firstly, the location. Washington once said, 'I had rather be on my farm than emperor of the world', and we totally get where he was coming from. The River View estate (opens in new tab) sits on the site of the original Mount Vernon estate that belonged to the President and features 16.5 acres and 400 feet of water frontage of the Potomac river. Terraces with amazing water views are accessible from every room in the house, creating a tranquil atmosphere of being immersed in nature.
In fact, this may be a historic home, with its fair share of traditional American Federal design, but it has been fully brought into the 21st century: it is now an eco home, with geothermal heating, extensive state-of-the-art well water management, and150 KW full-property back-up generators. It's a smart home, too, with all security systems and utilities controlled from a central computer room. Very impressive.
Another thing that makes this home so special is the fact that it has luxury features to rival a Hollywood celebrity home: there's a home gym with radius views of the river, a games room with a pool table and full bar, a 15-seat movie theater, and a fully functioning spa with an indoor pool, sauna, and steam room.
But for us, it's all about the tranquility and beauty of the natural setting, which can be viewed from the gorgeous French windows. It is said that the estate had the power to calm George Washington's mind, and we're certain it'll have the same effect on its lucky new owner. The property is listed buy Heather Corey of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.