Key Highlights

  • Robert E. Lee’s boyhood home sells for $4.7M
  • House initially listed in early 2018 for $8.5M

Selling ultra-luxury real estate in the DC area requires patience…patience and a really good, savvy real estate agent and/or agents…regardless of the property’s lineage.

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The two-plus years to sell Robert E. Lee’s boyhood home sat on the market for more than two years. And, this landmark home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, also know as the Potts-Fitzhugh House, sold for the sale price of $4.7M, an “immense price reduction,” from the original asking price of $8.5M.

Originally built in 1795 by John Potts, George Washington’s secretary of the Potomac Canal Co., Lee’s boyhood 8,145 square foot, four-level home sits on half an acre and has six bedrooms, four full-baths, two half-baths and a separate two-car garage.

Lee, son of Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee, a former Virginia governor and congressman, lived in this house from the time he was five years old until 1825 when he left for West Point.

This “crown jewel of Old Town” as this house was called also belonged to Royd Sayers, the chief of the Bureau of Mines, Ada Hitchcock MacLeish who helped establish the United Nations with her husband Archibald MacLeish, the ninth Librarian of Congress and Pulitzer-prize winning poet and the Lee-Jackson (formerly Stonewall Jackson) Foundation that opened the home as a museum until selling it to Mark and Ann Kington.

Robert Hryniewicki, Adam Rackliffe and Christopher Leary of HRL Partners and Washington Fine Properties represented the Kingtons. Lauren Bishop of McEnearney Associations represented the buyer, unidentified at this point.


Thanks to Washington Business Journal.

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