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Town Square | Historic Seaton House in Alexandria lists for $1 million

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The George Lewis Seaton House at 404 South Royal St. in Alexandria, built between 1861 and 1866, is listing for $1.099 million.

Seaton, a successful African-American entrepreneur, purchased the home in 1866 and lived there until his death in 1881. Seaton worked as a master carpenter and builder of numerous homes and government buildings in Alexandria and was known as a civic and political leader in the city throughout the mid-19th century. He was elected the first African-American member of the Virginia General Assembly from north of the Rappahannock River and served as head trustee for the First Free School Society of Alexandria.

The two-story, 1,880 square-foot brick townhouse — in the heart of “Hayti,” the second oldest African-American neighborhood in Alexandria — has two bedrooms, two full baths and one half bath and has been fully renovated.

The home includes two fireplaces, period details and a private garden, and has been updated with a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, radiant heated tile floors, a Travertine backsplash and upgraded appliances.

The master suite has a sitting room, a walk-in closet and a luxury bath with radiant heated tile floors, a claw foot tub and a glass shower. The home includes dual-zone heating and air conditioning.

For more information, contact realty agent Nancy Perkins of  Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 703-402-5599 or go to

Grand opening at Bainbridge Bethesda Apartments

The new 17-story luxury Bainbridge Bethesda apartment building at 4918 St. Elmo Ave. in Bethesda recently was the scene of a grand opening event with more than 150 guests.

Developed by the Bainbridge Companies and National Real Estate Advisors, the building in the Woodmont Triangle area of Bethesda includes 7,200 square feet of ground floor retail space and 200 luxury apartments, of which 30 are affordable.

The building was designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification and includes a scenic rooftop deck and swimming pool, a rooftop terrace with a fire pit, a clubroom with shuffleboard, seating and a bar, a fitness center, a cyber café and a conference room. Residents of the pet-friendly building can take advantage of concierge services, bike storage, a separate storage space and garage parking.

The studio, one- and two-bedroom homes have one or two baths and some include a den. Each home has wood-style flooring in the kitchen, living and dining rooms; a center island kitchen with espresso cabinetry, granite counters and stainless steel appliances, floor-to-ceiling windows and a full-size washer and dryer.

Rents range from $1,820 to $5,125.

For more information, click here or call 866-995-7690.

Local builder wins national award

EYA, a developer and builder of more than 35 walkable communities in the D.C. metro area, recently was one of only two gold award winners in the country of the 2014 National Housing Quality (NHQ) Award sponsored by Professional Builder magazine.

The award, established in 1993, is given to builders by a panel of judges who evaluate the company on leadership, strategic planning, process management, customer satisfaction, human resources, construction quality, trade relationships and business results.

EYA  emphasizes building sustainable neighborhoods in the District, inside the Beltway in Montgomery County and in Alexandria and Arlington.

Tip of the week

If you’re applying for local, county or state home buyer assistance programs for a low interest loan or down payment assistance or even some loan programs offered by individual lenders, you’re often required to attend a first time home buyer class.

Classes are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 8 in Rockville and on Nov. 15 in Fairfax through the Asian-American Homeownership Counseling organization.

One-on-one private counseling is also available by phone or in the group’s Rockville office. For details, go to or call 301-760-7636 in Maryland or 703-291-6324 in Virginia.

Michele Lerner is a freelance writer. To pass on a tip or news item, contact us at and put “Town Square” in the subject line.