Sited on 16.5 acres of George Washington’s original Mount Vernon estate, River View overlooks the Potomac River from a commanding bluff. Today it is for sale for $60 million.
“This was originally part of Washington’s River Farm, and was deeded to his personal secretary, Tobias Lear, who was married to Martha Washington’s niece,” says Heather Corey of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, listing broker for the property. “It stayed in the family until the 1850s and is still the largest privately held piece of the original estate.”
Tobias Lear was famously one of three people at Washington’s deathbed. Today, America’s first president would certainly approve of the updated River View: a 16,000 square foot, seven bedroom house completed just two years ago. Designed by architect Jim Rill and constructed by West Wing Builders, special amenities of the grand main house include a large home gym with radius windows overlooking the Potomac, with adjacent spa area that includes an indoor resistance pool, spa, steam room and sauna. The game room has a full bar, pool table, 2 TVs, hand crafted stone walls and also views of the river. The 15-seat movie theater allows for comfortable and safe screenings of the latest films.
The estate includes 400 feet of water frontage, a three-bedroom, three-bath 2,600 square foot guest house, a fully reconstituted carriage house with four car spaces and a studio apartment, a waterfront dock and, especially prized by gardeners, English colonial boxwood and rose gardens inspired by old blueprints found on the property.
This is not your typical “Smart House,” it is a “Brilliant House.” Eco-sustainability has been considered in every aspect of the design with geothermal heating, extensive state-of-the-art well water management, 150 KW full-property back-up generators, security systems, utilities, information, entertainment systems — all controlled by a central bank of computers. All garage spaces, in both the carriage house and the attached garage, have electric chargers.
The estate is notably private and serene, but is located just 10 miles from the nation’s Capitol via the tree-lined George Washington Memorial Parkway. There is is easy access to the region’s three airports that service both private and commercial aviation. It offers an unrivaled natural sanctuary, yet is just minutes from the dining, cultural and educational offerings of Old Town Alexandria, northern Virginia and Washington D.C.