- - Thursday, November 1, 2012

Residents of Old Town Alexandria take great pride in their history, but some of the most sought-after homes in the area give a nod to historical accuracy while providing the amenities desired by modern families.

The home at 1011 N. Washington St., on the northern tip of Old Town, straddles the past and present with meticulous attention to detail and to creating a showplace for entertaining.

On the market for $1,995,000, this home has 6,900 finished square feet of living space and an attached two-car garage. Although this is a detached single-family home, the residence benefits from being part of the Liberty Row condominium development. The monthly condominium fee of $640 includes all exterior maintenance, landscaping and the condo insurance policy.

While the home started out in 1960 as the Old Colony Motor Lodge in Old Town Alexandria, it was gutted and restored in 2004 and includes more than $440,000 in post-construction upgrades. The motor lodge was designed to replicate the historic Benjamin Waller House in Colonial Williamsburg, which was built in 1782.

Today, the Liberty Row development incorporates some of the original design elements of the motor lodge’s property, including serpentine brick walls built to resemble Thomas Jefferson’s walls at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

The grounds of this home include a flagstone patio, and the Mount Vernon trail is just five blocks away for walking, jogging or biking along the Potomac River. Residents can walk to shops, entertainment and restaurants in Old Town or reach downtown Washington by car within a few minutes.

The home’s finishes include such high-quality features as elaborate moldings, hardwood flooring throughout the main level and a central sound system. For entertaining, the formal living room includes a bar and the lower level includes both a plush movie theater and a full-sized “speakeasy”-style bar with a refrigerator and freezer.

Guests pass an elegant entrance with brick-and-stone pillars and stroll up a brick front walk to a covered portico. The front door has sidelights and a quarter-moon window, while the foyer has a tray ceiling and a chandelier.

Two steps down and through an entrance with columns is the formal living room, which has a coffered ceiling, recessed lighting, French doors to the patio and a fireplace. Nearby is a formal dining room with a chandelier and extensive molding.

The large kitchen has ceramic tile flooring, granite counters, rich wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances and an adjacent breakfast area with a fireplace.

The main level also has a family room with a tray ceiling and a library with built-in bookcases and cabinets and a tray ceiling. A powder room on this level has hardwood flooring and an elegant pedestal sink.

A circular staircase leads to the upper level, which has four bedrooms and three full baths. The master suite has a dramatic sloping, coffered ceiling, dormer windows and an expansive walk-in closet with built-in organizers. The master bath has a whirlpool tub, a separate shower with a floor-to-ceiling marble surround, and two vanities with elegant vessel sinks.

One of the additional full baths has an elegant claw-foot tub and a charming hand-painted ceramic tile sink.

The lower level features a bar with plenty of space for entertaining, a home theater and a full bath.

For more information or directions to this Old Town home, contact Realtor Jim Crowe of Long & Foster Real Estate at 703/519-6604.

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