The 36,470-square-foot, four-story white-marble-and-brick mansion was designed by architect Stanford White is on the market for $26 million. (Photo by Sean Shanahan)

Patterson Mansion’s wish list: A buyer

The Washington Club, the oldest women’s social group incorporated in the District, has not received an acceptable offer for the Patterson Mansion since it put the property up for sale in March. So it has turned to TTR Sotheby’s International Realty to sell the 112-year-old, neoclassic Italianate-style building at 15 Dupont Circle.

The 36,470-square-foot, four-story white-marble-and-brick mansion was designed by architect Stanford White for Robert Patterson, editor of the Chicago Tribune, and his wife, Nellie, daughter of Joseph Medill, the Tribune’s owner. The home passed to their daughter, Cissy Patterson, the first American woman to lead a major daily newspaper and one of Washington’s social doyennes.

Cissy lent the home to President Calvin Coolidge and first lady Grace Coolidge in 1927, when the White House underwent renovations. During this time, the Coolidges hosted Charles Lindbergh following his memorable transatlantic flight.

After her death in 1948, Patterson bequeathed the property to the American Red Cross, which sold it to the Washington Club in 1951. The mansion was designated a D.C. historic site in 1964 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

In addition to a banquet hall, a ballroom and an auditorium with a stage, the building features fireplaces with antique limestone, cast-iron banisters, a white marble fountain on the central landing, crystal chandeliers and tiger-oak flooring in the upper foyer.

Jonathan Taylor, a TTR Sotheby’s International Realty managing partner, says the property is ideal for an embassy, foundation or association headquarters, or a social club.

It is listed at $26 million. More information about the mansion can be found at

Abe Pollin-inspired community unveiled

One of the dreams of the late Abe Pollin was to provide affordable housing for moderate-income District residents who work for the city. Now the efforts of the builder, philanthropist and sports-and-entertainment impresario best known for developing the Verizon Center are coming to fruition.

D.C. officials this week announced the opening of MetroTowns at Parkside, a development by Enterprise Homes of 83 townhouses and 43 rental homes at 3614 Grant Place NE near the Minnesota Avenue Metro stop.

“Abe and Irene Pollin wanted to build a true workforce community for people who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to live in the city,” says Corey Powell, senior development manager for Enterprise Homes. “We’ve [received] a lot of interest from D.C. employees like police officers, teachers and firefighters, along with employees of some large institutions, such as Howard University and Gallaudet [University]. We take a lot of pride in the fact that these are high-quality, brand-new homes with an affordable price.”

Phase I of MetroTowns is sold out. Homes are available for sale in Phase II of the development now.

The three-level brick or fiber-cement-front town homes have from 1,288 to 1,570 square feet and are base priced from $259,900 to $289,900. Each home has a front porch or stoop, three bedrooms, two or three full baths, one half-bath and a garage or designated off-street parking space. The houses have such luxury features as hardwood floors, granite countertops, nine-foot-high ceilings on the main level, walk-in closets, Energy Star appliances and energy-efficient heating and air-conditioning systems.

For more information, go to www.

Designing with great outdoors in mind

Willowsford , a 4,000-acre planned community with 2,000 acres of open space in Loudoun County, incorporates more than 40 miles of nature trails connecting forests, parks, a farm, a seven-acre lake with a boathouse, swimming pools and community centers.

The Greens, the fourth and final village of homes at Willowsford, will initially feature single-family houses from Camberley Homes on one-half to one-acre sites. The houses will have 4,000 to 4,126 square feet and will be base priced from $799,900 to $809,900. Eventually, other builders will sell in the Greens.

The largest of Willowsford’s four villages, the Greens includes streams, meadows, forests, Willow Lake and views of the Bull Run Mountains.

The Lodge, one of two planned community centers at Willowsford, is under construction. The Lodge will include a demonstration kitchen for local chefs, a fitness center, and indoor and outdoor gathering and event spaces.

The Willow Lake Recreation Area in the Greens features a fishing pier, a sports field, picnic areas, an amphitheater, a dog park and hills for winter sledding.

1 pool, 11 bathrooms in ‘Castle on the Potomac’

If you like the medieval look and lots of bathrooms, you might be interested in a McLean mansion known as Castle on the Potomac. The 16,000-square-foot property, at 612 Rivercrest Dr., was among the most expensive properties on the MRIS listing until the highly motivated seller this week reduced the price to $9.9 million from $12.5 million.

The four-level house includes a tower and is built of what the owner calls “castle stone.” It has seven bedrooms — each with a whirlpool tub in a private bathroom — as well as two additional bathrooms and two more half-bathrooms. If you’re counting, that makes 11 bathrooms in all.

The mansion also has an indoor swimming pool, an elevator, two two-car garages, five hand-carved Italian marble fireplaces, mahogany doors, crystal chandeliers, cherry and travertine floors, and a red Vermont slate roof.

The foyer includes heated marble flooring and a 40-foot-high barrel ceiling. The main level has a library with a reading loft. Many of the rooms have views of the Potomac River, and residents can kayak on the river directly from the property.

For more information, go to www. Listing agent Fouad Talout, with Long & Foster in McLean, can be reached at 703-459-4141.

— Michele Lerner and Kathy Orton

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