HOT HOUSE: 3053 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
In Georgetown, an 1875 Victorian house in a national landmark district, with nine bedrooms, elevator, private garden and 40 foot lap pool: $9,800,000
What: You’ve been given the nod. All that tedious fund-raising has paid off, and now the party/think-tank/consultancy needs you in Washington, D.C., close-at-hand and able to host high-level parties and stuff to impress the foot soldiers, benefactors and celebrity donors. You’re a big personality. A suite at the Watergate won’t do…
This is the place for you: A glamorous dowager empress of a house, standing tall and stately at the corner of 31st and P Street, on Georgetown’s coveted east side. A jewel in the crown of Georgetown houses, it’s a traditional Victorian mostly, but with a copper Mansard roof that gives it a European aura. French doors in the family room open onto a large terrace overlooking the private garden, adding to the continental charm. Ceilings on the main floor are 13 feet high. The two large drawing rooms are each 28 feet long — you could have cocktails for several hundred people here, without ever feeling crowded. At the same time, the wood paneled library and dining room are perfect for intimate gatherings of like-minded politicos–restrained, yet powerful. The house was once a set for the 1984 film St. Elmo’s Fire and the former owner is the Gatsbyesque Dr. William Haseltine, founder of Human Genome Sciences and seven (!) other successful biotechs. He’s also a philanthropist, a Washington personality and bon vivant. Anyway, from the wine cave to the two bedroom servant’s apartment, this is a house for life-lived-large. Private off-street parking for five to six cars will help. There is a large gym, a spacious master suite with two baths, (seven full and four half-baths in all) as well as the basics of gourmet kitchen (not all that big, but who’s cooking?) hardwood floors throughout, central air, fireplaces.
Where: 31st and P is on Georgetown’s east side –an easy walk to the Georgetown campus and Dumbarton Oaks. Nice jogging in Rock Creek Park and the banks of the Potomac. Embassies, shops and restaurants of Georgetown, all right there.
Why: Because your country needs you.
Would suit: Wealthy patron of the arts, intellectual gone over to the business side, business side gone over to government. Michael Bloomberg.
Why Not: No metro in Georgetown (still!), so you’ll have to take a limo over to the White House. Also, with the lap pool, the lot’s too small (.22 acres) for a swing set.
P.S.: Buy it furnished — it’s worth a try.