Listed By:
Washington Fine Properties, LLC
4701 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington, DC
$ 9,100,000
Property Attributes
  • MLS#DCDC2128850
  • TypeSingle Family
  • CityWashington
  • NeighborhoodForest Hills
  • Zip20008
  • StyleColonial
  • Year Built1938
  • Taxes$ 41161
  • Price$ 9,100,000
  • Bedrooms8
  • Full Bathrooms7
  • Half Bathrooms2
  • Sqr Footage9042
  • Lot Size0.5 Acres
Data Source:
Bright MLS
Property Description

Warmth, love and laughter have filled the rooms and grounds of 4701 Linnean Avenue for over 80 years. A tribute to the unsurpassed quality of stone and concrete construction of the 1930s, this residence has rarely become available for sale and has been home to just 3 previous families fortunate enough to have become its owner. The architect's mission in designing the home was to include unique features in each room, including stunning inlaid wood flooring and various custom moldings and finishes, so that each room boasts its own surprise details. This resplendent Tudor style stone mansion in Forest Hills could easily have been the backdrop for many famous movies from Citizen Kane to Sunset Boulevard. The residence was built in 1938 by legendary real estate developer A. Joseph Howar as a tribute to the love of his life, his wife Bader. 4701 Linnean Avenue became the go to Washington residence hosting elegant receptions and dinners for multiple US Presidents, Kings and Queens and heads of state from every corner of the globe. Prominent dignitaries, businessmen and women, movie stars and celebrities graced its halls, including well known newscaster Helen Thomas who was a personal family friend of the original owners. In 1989 Georgetown University commissioned an autobiography of the owner with the story of his life that includes incredible photography of the many elegant receptions and family events held at 4701 Linnean Avenue. Welcome into the gallery sized marble foyer with a grand sweeping staircase constructed of one piece of marble, custom wrought iron balustrades and high ceilings all of which overlook the ballroom size living room with fireplace. The living room with three seating areas, has on multiple occasions been transformed into a large dining area that can seat 60. Opening off the Living Room, one is greeted by a formal library and separate sunroom/solarium making entertaining spaces as intimate or as expansive as needed. Opposite the foyer one enters the spacious dining room which includes double French doors that open to a similarly sized Southern style covered porch with wood ceiling. Resplendent views of the formal landscaped gardens and lawn designed by James Van Sweden can be seen from inside the dining room and continue on from the covered porch. The hallway from the dining room leads to the cooks kitchen with granite countertops on four sides and adjacent breakfast room. The breakfast room with windows on three sides overlooks the lush green back lawn and pool. The current owners have added a Japanese garden and outside sitting area with specimen plantings designed for the far right corner of the groundsthe perfect hideaway for a serene and peaceful retreat at home. Double staircases were designed to allow access to the upper levels and lower levels of the home, from either the front foyer and library, or directly from the kitchen area of the home. Glide up the circular foyer staircase to the second level of the residence to the primary suite with fireplace, spacious primary bath and ample wardrobe and closet space. Four additional bedrooms and three baths continue on this second level of the home. Completing this level of the residence you will find a beautiful second level balcony which sits atop of the main level covered porch. The third level of the home, originally designed for household staff has been beautifully renovated by the current owner to provide a large home office and gallery space with light filled windows and skylights, two additional large bedrooms and a fifth full bath. The lower level of the home continues with an added bonus, a home theater the size of the living room above it, with ample space for twenty whether formally entertaining or spending an evening at home with family and friends. An additional 8th bedroom and 2 full baths along with storage and utilities are found on this level of the residence.

Price History
2/20/2024 Listed $9,100,000

General Features

Interior Features Floor Plan - Traditional,Formal/Separate Dining Room,Additional Stairway,Family Room Off Kitchen,Kitchen - Gourmet,Kitchen - Eat-In,Spiral Staircase,Upgraded Countertops,Wainscotting,Walk-in Closet(s
Sewer Public Sewer
Heating Forced Air,Zoned
Cooling Central A/C
Utilities Natural Gas Available,Electric Available
Possession 31-60 Days CD,61-90 Days CD
Roof Slate
Appliances Stove,Refrigerator,Microwave,Extra Refrigerator/Freezer,Dishwasher,Disposal,Stainless Steel Appliances,Washer,Dryer
Exterior Features Hot Tub,Underground Lawn Sprinkler,Secure Storage
Zoning R1A
Patio/Porch Features Patio(s),Terrace,Porch(es)
Architectural Style Colonial
Pool Features Heated,In Ground,Pool/Spa Combo
Security Features 24 hour security,Monitored,Motion Detectors
Construction Materials Stone
Year Built 1938
Levels 4
Tax Year 2023
Percent Ownership Fee Simple
Cool Fuel Electric
Accessibility None
New Construction No
Property Type Residential
HOA / Comm Assn No
Subdivision Name FOREST HILLS
Garage Y/N No
Water Access Y/N No
Other Structures Above Grade,Below Grade
ModificationTimestamp 2024-05-22T02:05:18
Buyer Agent Compensation 3
Senior Community Y/N No
Lot Size Square Feet 21580.00
Tax Assessed Value 4926440.0
Waterfront Y/N No
Street Name LINNEAN
Tax Annual Amount 41161.0
Structure Type Detached
Condo/Coop Association Y/N No
Bathrooms Count Main Level 1.00
Price Per Sq Ft Total 1331.58
Vacation Rental Y/N No
Virtual Tour
Total SQFT 10162
Days on Market 83
Builder Name A. Joseph Howar
Standard Status Active
Year Built Source Assessor
Legal Subdivision Forest Hills
Tax Lot 62
Buyer Agent Compensation Type % Of Gross

Interior Features

Heating Fuel Natural Gas
Basement Connecting Stairway,Outside Entrance,Rear Entrance,Full,Improved,Walkout Level
Flooring Hardwood
Total Fireplaces 5
Hot Water Natural Gas
Total Stories 4
Basement (Y/N) Yes
Heating Y/N Yes
Fireplace Y/N Yes
Above Grade Finished Area 6834
Full Baths 7
Half Baths 2
Street Suffix AVENUE
Central Air Y/N Yes
Total Bedrooms 8
Below Grade Finished Area 2208
Below Grade Finished Area Unit Type Square Feet
LivingAreaSource Assessor
Laundry Type Lower Floor
Below Grade Unfin Area Units Square Feet
Below Grade Unfin SQFT 1120
Below Grade Unfin SQFT Source Assessor
Below Grade Finished Area Source Assessor
Bedrooms Count All Lower Levels 1
Bedrooms Count All Upper Levels 7
Bedrooms Count Lower Level 1 1
Bedrooms Count Upper Level 1 5
Bedrooms Count Upper Level 2 2
Bathrooms Half Main Level 1
Bathrooms Half Lower Level 1 1
Bathrooms Half All Lower Levels 1
Bathrooms Full Upper Level 2 1
Bathrooms Full Upper Level 1 4
Bathrooms Full Lower Level 1 2
Bathrooms Full All Upper Levels 5
Bathrooms Full All Lower Levels 2
Bathrooms Count Upper Level 2 1.00
Bathrooms Count Upper Level 1 4.00
Bathrooms Count Lower Level 2 0.00
Bathrooms Count Lower Level 1 3.00
Bathrooms Count All Upper Levels 5
Bathrooms Count All Lower Levels 3
Above Grade Finished Area Source Assessor
Above Grade Finished Area Unit Type Square Feet
Total Baths 9

Exterior Features

Pool Yes - Personal
Lot Features Landscaping
Water Source Public
Type of Parking Off Street
Foundation Details Concrete Perimeter
Water View Y/N No
Lot Size Acres 0.50
Lot Size Units Square Feet
Lot Size Source Assessor
Soil Types Urban Land-Brandywine
Land Assessed Value 1255090.00
Navigable Water Y/N No
Water Oriented Y/N No


  • Foreclosure
  • Views
  • Short Sale
  • New Construction
  • Adult 55+
  • Lease To Own
  • No HOA Fees
  • Furnished
  • Primary On Main
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seller Finance
  • Green
  • Fixer Upper
  • Horse
  • Golf
  • Fireplace
  • Deck
  • Garage
  • Basement
  • Pool

Property vs Single Family Average in 20008

AVG $4.5M
AVG $28,407
AVG 1055
Data Provided by Inside Real Estate®
Year Built
AVG 1943

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