Listed at $ 22 million, this Georgian mansion makes you think actress Laura Linney should be doing the introduction. Resembling something straight out of “Downton Abbey,” the home is for sale for the first time.
Nestled in Washington, DC, the sprawling estate sits on nearly an acre of land (a rarity for a city property). The 19,830-square-foot mansion has seven bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, and five half-baths.
Built in 1994, the home is an ode to classic Georgian style, a symmetrical two-story home with a center entrance, popular in New England at the turn of the 18th century. According to listing agent Nancy Itteilag, the building materials are concrete, steel, and limestone that “came from a distributor that usually only supplies libraries, art galleries, and other stately buildings.”
Stepping through the massive double-doors (with lion door knockers), you’ll find yourself in an impressive center hallway leading to grand formal rooms as well as more relaxing spaces, including a billiard room and a vast wine cellar with a tasting area. The home also has an elevator, according to Itteilag.
The timeless interior conveys the vision of Neoclassicist interior designer Antony Childs. Crystal chandeliers overlook marble floors with simple, sophisticated designs; sconces frame the doorways; and crown molding adds subtle definition.
“Everything was artfully done,” Itteilag said. The stately design isn’t limited to the interior spaces.
Outside there are two curved staircases leading to an in-ground pool and adjacent pool house. The back lawn is a formal English garden designed by James Urban, a recipient of the Medal of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects. There are stone walkways, sitting areas, and sculpted lawn space for hosting large gatherings.
According to Itteilag, the property was designed by Leon Chatelain of Chatelain Architects and built by Gibson Builders. Design and construction took two years and “a tremendous amount of planning,” Itteilag said. “There is nothing built as well as this house that I have seen in 25 years here.”
Regarding the perfect buyer for this estate, Itteilag said, “Often the top homes like this end up being bought by local third- or fourth-generation families.” But she also thinks it’s ideal for a former ambassador. We sincerely hope that whoever buys the Fessenden House hires Mr. Carson as the butler.