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Alexandria cottage for $774,000

View Photo Gallery: The Washington Post’s picks of local distinguished homes on the market.

This week’s featured home, a stone manor-style residence in the heart of Spring Valley, was built in the late 1920s and completed in 1930 for Walter Myer, a prominent Washington publisher and editor. Later, Lyndon Johnson’s commerce secretary, John T. Connor, owned the home.

When the Connors decided to sell the house, they happened to mention it to Bill Stuckey, then a congressman from Georgia, and his wife, Ethelynn, during a dinner at the White House. The Stuckeys bought the house and have lived in it the past 45 years.

The home, which was completely renovated, expanded and updated in 2006, sits on one acre and is flanked by mature trees and has a terraced garden.

“It’s 200 feet wide on both ends, and it can have either a Rockwood Parkway address or a Loughboro Road address,” said John Pruski, the marketing representative for listing agent Cathie Gill of Cathie Gill Realtors. “It was originally built to enter off Rockwood, but at some point the owners change it to enter off Loughboro.”

The home was designed for entertaining as well as private family living. Mrs. Stuckey hosted Christmas parties for more than 100 people at a time.

“It’s always been a family home, but it works well for entertaining,” Pruski said.

One of the more unique features of the six-bedroom, 6 1/2-bath home is its turret, which has a four-story curved staircase leading up to it.

“In new houses, most builders don’t put in curved staircases because they’re so time consuming to do and require that much more skill,” Pruski said.

The 8,000-square-foot house is on the market for $6.25 million.

Listing: 5017 Loughboro Rd. NW

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Kathy Orton is a reporter and Web editor for the Real Estate section. She covers the Washington metropolitan area housing market.


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