George Washington’s Horse Slept Here Longer than This House Was on the Market

Old Town is a perfect blend of old and new: historical significance modernized and made meaningful in a multitude of ways. Old buildings, new, thriving businesses. Old brick, new pavement. Old homes, magnificent new renovations. All of this plays out spectacularly at 307 South Lee Street, our newest listing that was on the market for fewer than 36 hours before it received multiple offers and went under contract.

From the faded-red-brick exterior to the original 19th-century heart pine floors and detached carriage house, this home (est. 1834) is full of historic charm and period details, but it has been completely updated to today’s standards of luxury.

Turn right from the central foyer into the dining room, which maintains its classic integrity with elegant chair railing and plantation shutters but opens to a splendid kitchen, fully renovated in 2012.

The kitchen features chef’s appliances and marble counter tops, as well as a very thick, brick wall dividing the kitchen and the living room and marking where the end of the house used to be.

In 1850, a living room was added onto the back of the home and the fireplace, formerly in the kitchen, was rotated 180 degrees to warm the new space. In 2015, the owners expanded the living room further, creating a grand room that is perfect for entertaining and boasts three sets of French doors to the brick patio and fenced backyard.

Across the backyard is an 18th-century multi-level carriage house that—no big deal—George Washington’s horse likely slept in. In the late 1700s, the carriage house functioned as a stable for Dr. James Craik, George Washington’s doctor and a prominent landowner in the area. Thus, when Washington went to visit his doctor, he probably left his horse in that very stable—the one that today functions as a two-car garage and has had all preliminary work done for easy expansion potential (an artist’s studio, guest suite, etc.).

Four bedrooms, including an unbelievably expansive master suite and a loft with a vaulted ceiling and exposed brick, three and a half baths (one of which was just renovated in 2017), a fully waterproofed basement with storage and a workshop, and private parking for two or more cars…all on sought-after Lee Street in the historic southeast quadrant, one block from the water and close to Lyles-Crouch Elementary School. It’s no wonder this one went fast!

This house sold on its first full day on the market the first weekend after New Years—in the middle of the bomb cyclone. Don’t let what you’ve heard about when and how to sell your house keep you from moving forward! The market is always changing and The Patterson Group is here to help.


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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.

400 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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