Exquisite Neoclassical Residence Offered for $22M in Washington, D.C.

April 7, 2015
Fessenden House, a rare tribute to the finest 18th-century architecture, is on the market for $22M. Click here for more photos.

Fessenden House, a rare tribute to the finest 18th-century architecture is sited on lush, landscaped grounds and surrounded by verdant parkland

Offered for sale for the first time since its construction and noted as one of the grandest homes in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, Fessenden House exemplifies the finest elements of Neoclassical architecture. This exquisite residence reflects authentic inspirations of the highly respected 18th-century architects Robert and James Adams, heralded for their influence on English architecture adapting a lighter and more refined type of Georgian design.

The distinguished Fessenden House is being offered for sale by Long & Foster Real Estate, the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States, with global marketing by Christie’s International Real Estate—of which Long & Foster is the largest worldwide affiliate.

“A true one-of-a-kind property, Fessenden House features the captivating style and expansive living spaces only offered by a few historic residences, while preserving the warmth and character of an inviting and gracious home,” said Nancy Itteilag, listing agent with Long & Foster Real Estate. “Fessenden House offers unsurpassed craftsmanship and luxurious appointments with every state-of-the-art amenity. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a Washington, D.C., architectural jewel.”

Designed by Leon Chatelain of Chatelain Architects in collaboration with interior designer Antony Childs, the construction of Fessenden House incorporates the highest quality in residential home building. Gibson Builders, under the supervision of Jim Gibson, Buddy Zeigler, and Harold White, undertook the task of executing to exacting detail the construction of the home. The grounds were artfully designed by award-winning landscape architect James Urban (ASLA Medal of Excellence), allowing the home to be enveloped by the beauty and splendor of both formal and informal English gardens. Additionally, the residence incorporates terraces and a sweeping curved staircase to overlook a swimming pool, poolhouse and loggia with stunning views of acres of parkland. The result is a refined and outstanding estate home, a verdant retreat in the sought after Forest Hills neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Located just a few blocks from Marjorie Merriweather Post’s famed Hillwood Estate, east of Connecticut Avenue, Fessenden House is less than 15 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C., and the White House.

“Fessenden House showcases a classic grandeur that’s unmatched among other estates, and it artfully blends the style and aesthetics of today’s lifestyles with classic elements of yesterday’s history,” said Larry “Boomer” Foster, president of Long & Foster Real Estate. “The majestic estate was designed and built with such care and attention to detail, maximizing the property’s lush views and creating a perfect retreat for relaxation, recreation and contemplation—all minutes from the bustling center of the nation’s capital.”

Continuing its “Adamesque” style, the integrated architecture and finishes of the home’s rooms, ceilings, fireplaces, fixtures and furnishings, result in a residence that flows seamlessly from one living area to another. Grand formal rooms provide ample entertaining space. A connoisseur’s wine cellar and tasting room are a welcome retreat. This four-level home offers seven bedrooms including a sumptuous master suite, secondary bedrooms, an ample guest suite and private staff quarters. An elevator along with two grand stair hallways and rotundas complement the interior architecture of the home.

“A fine tribute to grand Neoclassical architecture, Fessenden House is truly unsurpassed in residential design and construction in the Washington, D.C., metro area,” said Kathleen Coumou, Senior Vice President, Northeast Regional Manager of Christie’s International Real Estate. “Its grand rooms and lush private setting, make the home an elegant retreat from the city, while also providing excellent conveniences designed for modern day living.”

Fessenden House is shown strictly by appointment through Long & Foster and Christie’s International Real Estate. Contact Nancy Itteilag at 202-905-7762 or itteilag@gmail.com.