“The Lindens,” the oldest house in Washington, has sold for $7.1 million according to the real estate agency representing the sellers.

But the identity of the Georgian-style six-bedroom’s new owners is being closely guarded.

“They went to great trouble to make sure no one knows who they are,” said William F.X. Moody, co-founder of Washington Fine Properties, the listing agency representing the home’s previous owners. “They bought it in a trust.” So until the new family — it is a family — hop out of the moving trucks, their identity remains a mystery.

Here’s what we do know: It’s not the Obamas, who are rumored to be moving close by to a 8,200-square-foot rental owned by Joe Lockhart, a former White House press secretary. Washington Fine Properties confirmed as much.

Moody, who was just on his way to remove the “for sale” sign in front of 2401 Kalorama Rd. NW, did say that the new owners are a local family who are “down-sizing” to the 8,880-square-foot home, which sold for less than its $10.5 million asking price.

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Homes in the neighborhood, one of the most sought after in Washington because of its close proximity to downtown and its country-like feel, sell in the $3 million to $8 million range.

First built in Danvers, Mass., in 1754, the Lindens, so named because of the trees surrounding its original location, was then taken apart, shipped and rebuilt in Washington in 1934. Since then the home has only had three owners (now four). Its last steward, retired hedge funder Kenneth Brody, decided to sell because he was spending most of his time in New York. The new owners, said Moody, are aware of the responsibility that comes with owning a 254-year-old home.

“Everyone that looked at it knew that whoever owns that house is a steward, charged with maintaining the house’s history,” said Moody. “Everybody knows the Lindens.”

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