A Washington couple, George M. and Miriam Hubbard Morris, bought the home in 1934 for about $13,000, had it dismantled, with every piece numbered, shipped it to D.C. on six railroad cars, and rebuilt, exactly as it was. The family wanted an authentic colonial home to house their extensive antique collection, but since D.C. was founded in 1790, nothing around here quite fit the bill.
Much of the venerable house, which has been on the market for about three weeks, remains as it was in 1754, Leary said, save for a few updates: wig-powdering rooms were transformed into bathrooms and a sauna was added.
According to WFP co-founder and executive vice president William F. X. Moody, no one who’s expressed interest in “The Lindens” had been looking for a new home — but the opportunity proved enticing.
“There are some buyers where it takes a specific house to bring them forward,” Moody said.
And while homes in this ultra-luxury price range usually take around two years to sell, Moody doesn’t expect the house, which is on sale for only the second time since 1982, to sit for very long.
Kenneth Brody, the retired co-founder of $8.2 billion hedge fund firm Taconic Capital Advisors, and his wife, Nina, are the current, and only the third, owners of the home.