By Dina ElBoghdady
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 27, 2008
So the economy's in turmoil.
But if you've got $49 million to spare, a piece of history can be yours.
The 216-year-old Evermay Estate on 28th Street NW in Georgetown -- with its 22 rooms, 100 parking spaces, eight bedrooms, six bathrooms, five half baths, gatekeeper's house and free-standing studio -- is listed with Long & Foster for sale.
The 3.5-acre estate, which looks north over Rock Creek Park, has been in the Belin family since diplomat F. Lammot Belin purchased it in 1923 and created its famed gardens. His grandson, Harry L. Belin, now owns it. The city has assessed its value at $14.7 million.
In 1792, just a year after architect Pierre L'Enfant started designing the nation's capital, his friend Nicholas King started planning Evermay for its first owner, Samuel Davidson. Construction on the main residence began in 1801. The Federalist-style mansion has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.
To compare: The next-highest asking price on a D.C. home is $30 million, for Halcyon House, just a few blocks away.