By Catherine Probst
The Goodhart Group of McEnearney Associates is proud to announce the sale of 208 Virginia Avenue, a beautiful estate home in Alexandria, VA. The estate was the first home built in Alexandria’s Jefferson Park neighborhood in 1920. Sold for $2,662,500, this property commanded the highest sales price outside of Old Town since the summer of 2011.
Known as Journey’s End, the two acre estate was once home to horses and carriage rides. From poets of the past to politicians of the present, many have passed through the gates of this historic property. It is sited atop a ridge with breathtaking views of Alexandria and the distant shoreline of the Potomac River, where peaceful serenity can be found in this rare and wonderful home on the outskirts of Downtown Washington.
Upon entering the home, a leaded glass door opens up into a dramatic entrance foyer. Beyond the foyer, the main level features an open floor plan, historic charm, and all the features one could wish for in a modern home. Better known as the terrace level, the ground floor provides access to two patios with city views and lush gardens. Inside, the formal living room has hosted gatherings of the famous as well as family. The room is splendidly finished with views of the gardens through picture windows on both ends. Beyond the living room is the enclosed sun room; a cozy niche for TV viewing, letter writing, and bird watching.
The stately dining room offers oversized windows, custom drapes, and a resplendent chandelier bringing brilliant light to the space. Just off the dining room, the kitchen sparkles with white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite counters and a walk-in pantry. The wet bar, accented with cherry cabinetry, makes an artful transition to the added wing that contains the magnificent family room often referred to as the Great Room.
The wide spiral staircase to the first upper level leads to a master suite and two large bedrooms. With stunning views of the back gardens, the master suite is truly a sight to behold. The spacious bedroom area leads either left into the master bathroom or right into the master dressing room. Exuding luxury and refinement, the master bath has been crafted in marble and overlooks the garden. The features of this incredible bathroom were created by Sherle Wagner, well-known for her design work at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. On the opposite side of the floor are two large bedrooms joined by an impeccable Jack and Jill bath for family or guests. Ascending to the second upper level of the home are two additional bedrooms.
One of the greatest surprises of the home is found in the updated lower level. With space and the convenience of modern living, the lower level is a haven for recreation, housekeeping, relaxation, and more. The rec room is perfect for games, parties, and entertainment. Moving through to the tucked away den, one can truly get away and find private sanctuary.
The exterior of the home is just as impressive as the interior. With winding pathways, tall overarching trees, and blooming shrubbery, one can truly feel as though they are in a secret garden distances away from the bustle of downtown Washington, D.C. For days when entertainment is desired, spark up the built-in grill and host a party where star gazing over the Potomac River is made easy with the home’s remarkable water views.