Prestigious Home Sales in the DC Area
State Department Attorney and Dumbarton Club President Richard W. Flournoy owned the home in the 1930s. Edwin C. Wilson bought it in 1958. As Turkey’s ambassador in the late 1940s, he executed $100 million in Cold War relief under the Truman Doctrine.
William and Phyllis Draper took the ownership in 1981. He was president of the Export-Import Bank of America. Drapers sold this product to Paul Nitze and his wife Leezee Porter in 1997.
Nitze has served several times as a senior State Department official, Secretary of the Navy, and Deputy Secretary of Defense. He was one of the main US negotiators in the strategic arms talks with the Soviet Union. The Paul H. Nitze Graduate School of International High School at Johns Hopkins University was named after him in 1989.
Porter ran a furniture rental company for 30 years.
Nitze and Porter also purchased their 1887 house next door, 3124 P St., to combine the two. The facade of 3124 P St. appeared as the home of the character Jeremy Gray, played by Vince Vaughn in the 2005 movie “Wedding Crashers”.
The current owners purchased the home in 2018 and immediately embarked on a complete home renovation, hiring architects David Jones and Zantzinger Builders.
“The first thing was to make the flow slightly better than before,” Jones said. “I cut it a little. … Basically, it was opening the house from room to room, making it easier to flow through the house. This is something we often do in our historic homes.”
The biggest change on the ground floor was the extension of the kitchen by bringing in part of the veranda and creating a breakfast area.
Richard Zantzinger said, “In old Georgetown homes, basic rooms are generally great. “What you change often is what happens after that, and most of it happens after the original construction. There were also negative changes.”
Previously, the second floor had some awkward level changes, especially where the two houses were connected. The owner’s suite now occupies the front part of the house. The large dressing room has a built-in cabinet with a washer/dryer and a desk. The bathroom has a medicine cabinet hidden behind a mirror panel. The bedroom has a fireplace.
On this floor there are two more bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. On the top floor there is another bedroom with an en suite bathroom.
Downstairs is a separate apartment with family room, laundry, exercise room and living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. The apartment has its own external entrance.
One of the few single-family homes in Georgetown with plenty of natural light. “Every room has at least two exposures,” Jones said. “Many rooms have three exposures. This is very unusual in Georgetown.”
Despite many changes, several period details have been preserved, such as the decorative etched glass transom on the porch. Most of the yellow pine floors are original.
“I think my favorite thing in that house is the client. They understood the appeal of the quirky Georgetown home and embraced it.” Zantzinger said. “As a result, we had to save it all. … They wanted a charming old Georgetown home with historic nature, and that’s what they got.”
Owners also get the modern conveniences of 21st century living, such as geothermal heating and cooling, water and air filtration systems, and stormwater management systems.
There are many features that make this home special, but one of them stands out for Jones.
He said, “For me, the charm of this house is the veranda.
A veranda that wraps around the back of the house overlooks the garden and heated pool. Like the house, the garden has undergone many renovations. In 1943, Mrs. Hendrix Eustice hired renowned landscape architect Rose Greeley to design the garden. Later the house had one of 100 Georgetown gardens designed by Swedish landscape architect Oehme. Arenz Landscape Architects is responsible for the latest iteration.
A five-bedroom, seven-bath, 6,400-square-foot home costs less than $12 million.
- bedroom/bathroom: 5/7
- Approximate square feet: 6,400
- lot size: 0.21 acres
- characteristic: A red-brick federal house built between 1820 and 1821 was combined with the 1887 house next door. The entire house was renovated in 4 years led by architects David Jones and Zantzinger Builders. The property has geothermal heating and cooling, water and air filtration systems, and stormwater management systems. There is a heated swimming pool and parking for 2 cars.
- listing agent: Jin HananWashington Pine Properties