97 Walker's Paradise
Circa 1855, this stately brick home and its adjoining garden lot with pool, was originally built by Benoni Wheat Jr., a prominent Alexandria merchant. Wheat built the house for his bride, Matilda Taliaferro Fitzhugh of Upperville, VA. The couple had seven children but only two survived to adulthood. Wheat and his older brothers operated a grain mill and wharf on Union Street between Queen and Princess streets. The company, which had been started by his father, loaded grain from the mill directly onto waiting ships. The Wheat family continued to live in the house at 414 until it was sold in 1912 to the Rosemont Development company which converted it to an apartment building. It remained apartments until 1988 when it was sold to William H. Shaw for renovation and returned to the handsome single family home we see today.
Deep detailed moldings are evident on the front facade of the building. Fretwork accents the front doorway opening to the vestibule with its rich moldings. A Victorian bay window with intricate carvings on the garden side of the house is in excellent condition. The breathtaking double parlor with two fireplaces and twelve foot ceilings offers tall windows with wavering panes of old glass. There is a grand and gracious ambience in this room and the front hall with its beautiful staircase. A long inviting side porch opens to the garden lot featuring a swimming pool. Parking for two cars adds convenience in the heart of Old Town.
A lovely dining room with French doors and cove lighting, opening to the side porch and pool is the perfect setting for family gatherings or entertaining. Recently remodeled by Alexandria Kitchen and Baths, the state of the art kitchen features handsome cabinets and Lava Rock counter tops. The adjoining sunny family room with fireplace is a gathering spot for everyone.
The second floor sitting room with fireplace, custom bookshelves and half bath adjoins the master bedroom suite. Down an arched hallway you'll find the luxurious master bath and two spacious walk-in closets. An inviting guest room down the hall near the back staircase features five windows, warm wood floors and its own en suite bath. Two more bedrooms with en suite baths are found on the home's second upper level. The fifth bedroom is found on the finished lower level which also features a wonderful recreation room and second laundry room.
|Heating Fuel:||Electric, Natural Gas|
|Hot Water:||Natural Gas|
|Lot Size:||5,653 square feet|
|Ownership Type:||Fee Simple|
|Listed:||Apr 19, 2012|
|Days On Market:||397|
|Total Taxes:||$31,622 (2011)|
|City Tax:||$31,621.98 (Annually)|
From DC - George Washington Parkway South (which becomes Washington Street) to left on Duke Street, 414 on your right.
Welcome to historic Old Town, Alexandria. Founded in 1749, Old Town is a place rich with colonial charm. This is the heart of the City of Alexandria. Going back in time, one might have caught a glimpse of a middle-aged George Washington riding his horse up to Christ Church on the corner of Washington and Cameron Streets. Years later, Old Town became the childhood home of famed Confederate General Robert E. Lee. A slew of other notable names from both Virginian and American History add to Old Town's lore.
Located on the western bank of the Potomac River, Old Town played an important role in the growth of our nation. It is no surprise that Old Town grew to prominence as a well-traveled port city under both British and U.S. rule. Like the rest of the communities in the City of Alexandria, the development of Old Town is tied closely to its proximity to the nation's capital.
Since the colonial period, Old Town has established itself as diverse cultural center and bastion of American trade, commerce, and industry.
Old Town brings you to the doorstep of colorful row houses on tree-lined streets dotted with gas lamps and cobblestone walks. Old Town is a desirable place to call home for those with an active social calendar. A wide variety of restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, as well as boutique and retail stores, leave plenty to the imagination and ample opportunity to enjoy the finer things in life. Walk down to the Potomac and enjoy the fireworks on the Fourth of July, or bundle up for the holiday tree lighting in December. An Old Town resident would be hard-pressed to run out of things to do.
Old Town is located just south of D.C. and occupies the southernmost part of the City of Alexandria. Route 1 and the George Washington Parkway (Washington Street) run through Old Town, while Washington's Beltway, I-495 is seconds away. The King Street Metro and Braddock Road Metro Stations are easily accessible and there is a free trolley service that runs from the King Street Metro Station down to the waterfront. DASH bus services are also available. Reagan National Airport is right up the road.
Ronald Reagan National Airport: < 5 miles.
Washington-Dulles International Airport: < 35 miles.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport: < 40 miles.Read more about this community
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