Historic 'America's Living Room' for Sale, Does Anyone Care?

Georgetown Evermay Estate
Georgetown Evermay Estate

The largest remaining privately held estate in Georgetown is for sale. That's the word from Audrey Hoffer in the Washington Examiner. And from Long & Foster Realtors, which has a handy web site devoted to selling Evermay for $39.5 million.

Dubbed "America's Living Room," the Georgetown 18th century estate offers views of the Washington Monument, the Potomac River and the Watergate complex. The 13,000 square-foot home with 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms features amenities such as a 40-seat dining room, a tennis court-sized ballroom, a pine-paneled drawing room. Also included is the 2,300 square-foot gatekeeper's house.

The only problem with buying the three and one-half acre property: Georgetown doesn't actually matter any more.

At least that's what The New York Times suggested this week. Which begs a couple of questions: Could the grand old neighborhood come back? And could the sale of Evermay lead the way?