About The Property
800 S. Lee Street
A short walk to bustling King Street and South Washington Street, but nestled among quiet, flowering tree-lined sidewalks, you’ll find 800 S. Lee Street. This proper brick home offers over 6,000 feet of living and entertaining space, a heated swimming pool, ample off-street parking, and, rare for Old Town, a sprawling backyard. Once you enter the wrought iron front gate, past the professionally landscaped garden, ascend the slate steps and open the grand paneled door, you’ll see the expansive space of this home.
A wide marble-floored foyer with recessed lighting admits gentle sunlight and offers access into a handsome library. Directly before you, the staircase winds up two levels and down one. To your right, through a paneled doorway, a sunny sitting room offers easy entertaining with access to a butler’s pantry (equipped with sink, two wine fridges and dishwasher) that can be hidden behind double doors.
The sitting room flows easily into a formal dining room room. Two built-in units offer open shelving and closed cabinet storage with thoughtful design; they sit opposite a green marble gas fireplace with nature motif sculpted in its surround. Four glass French doors open to a wrought iron Juliet balcony, where you can enjoy fresh air and views of the elegant courtyard . A refreshing pool with ambient waterfall feature lies directly ahead, framed by a generously sized slate patio and enclosed by private, ivy-covered brick walls. Perfect for entertaining! Beyond the patio your backyard space opens to a sweeping lawn bordered by mature trees and professionally landscaped flower beds..
From the dining room, step into a library with floor-to-ceiling built-ins with cabinetry and shelves designed for your book collection. No detail is spared: there’s elegant dentil molding at the height of the room, and cleverly incorporated electrical outlets in the baseboards and a concealable desk perfect for quiet work at home. Pocket doors conceal — if you wish — a large living room behind the library. You’ll relish relaxing here in all seasons. There’s another gas fireplace, this one with crisp architectural surround and black marble. Three sets of sunny French doors open to expose your prized courtyard.
Stepping down to the first level, you’ll find the true heart of the home, the kitchen. The kitchen is designed with the cook in mind. While the cook works with double fridge/freezer, double ovens and 6-burner cooktop all within arm’s reach, the sous chef can assist at a massive granite-topped center island or prep sink on the side wall. The entire kitchen is outfitted with custom ivory cabinetry (including some glass cabinets to showcase glassware or decorative crockery) overlaid on stainless steel appliances and a picturesque fruit basket tile design over the stovetop. The island is large enough to accommodate seating for three. Shelves and cabinets along the walls,below the island, and around the corner ensure that every pot, pan, small appliance and tool has a home. To your right, a workspace off the kitchen features a wraparound desktop, a built-in filing cabinet, and open built-in shelving and drawers. To your left, is a TV room or playroom with adjacent full bathroom and washer/dryer, perfect for towels and bathing suits.
Just past the kitchen, is the bright and cozy family room, with French doors opening to the pool and a wood-burning fireplace with wood mantle, framed on one side by floor to ceiling windows and the other by French doors .
Connecting the TV room and kitchen is a unique space overlooking the pool with mahogany built-ins framed with bamboo accents and a unique seashell-embedded gas fireplace.Blonde hardwood floors on this level offset the natural tones and capture light streaming from the courtyard-facing doors.
On the third and fourth levels of your home, you’re treated to the same details as the lower levels: gleaming hardwoods, elegant crown molding and wide baseboards. You’ll also find more built-ins for your personal effects on these levels, as well as a tiled utility space with a deep sink that’s ideal for Fido’s bathtime. Two amply sized bedrooms with large closets accommodate guests or family members, and the master suite has two doors that open at north and south ends of the hallway for easy access to these rooms. Within the master suite, plantation shutters offer extra privacy, and a terrace overlooking the backyard is wide enough for a café table and chairs. Imagine taking morning coffee here before passing through your custom closet with built-ins galore and into a marble and granite bathroom with double vanity. When rushed, you’ll use a glass-enclosed shower with rain head fixture; when luxuriating, you’ll use your claw-foot bathtub and private vanity, where you can sit as you prepare for a big evening out. A pocket door keeps the water closet discreet.
Even as you climb to your fourth level, you’re treated to sunny views and customized details. A cheeky porthole-style window nods to the Potomac River nearby. One room here is clearly a bedroom, while the other — shaped by slanting dormer windows — yields to whatever purpose you deem. A bed fits sweetly underneath courtyard-view windows, but that space is also ideal for a writer’s desk or yoga mat and free weights.
You’ll be amazed at this suburban-level amount of space within the heart of Old Town! You’re steps from accessing the Mount Vernon Trail as it joins Jones Point Park, and a short walk from the shops and restaurants along King Street. With room to grow (and grow and grow!), you’ll treasure this home for many years to come.