Laura and Stephen Rodriguez: A Texas Couple in Georgetown

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Stephen and Laura Rodriguez with their children Fletcher and Violet. Photo by Patrick G. Ryan.

When Laura Rodriguez was burning the midnight oil on Wall Street, she dreamed of a quieter life with her husband, Stephen, on a leafy street in Georgetown. One late night in her office, she happened upon an online listing for a Victorian across from Tudor Place and, ever the venture capitalist, seized the opportunity.

These days, a few years later, Laura and Stephen have a life that is the perfect Georgetown experience they envisioned, but maybe not as quiet: they now have two toddler children (and their cat, Winston, makes a party of five).

Laura runs her venture capital fund from a small office behind her kitchen, in between taking her son, Fletcher, to classes at the Smithsonian and hosting events for the Daughters of the American Revolution.

An early American flag flies outside their home’s main entrance, a nod to the history of the neighborhood, which they both romanticize.

“If we were living in a neighborhood in Wyoming, maybe we would fly the standard American flag, but this is Georgetown,” explains Stephen, who completed a master’s degree at Georgetown University and, like his wife, works in finance.

Laura has reveled in learning about the previous owners of their house, which was built in 1900, combing through archives in the Georgetown Library’s Peabody Room.

Like most millennial couples, they shop online for groceries and order-in meals, but steal away for ice cream at Thomas Sweet and take the odd yoga class at Yoga Del Sol. The two Texans also love being so close to Los Cuates Mexican restaurant on Wisconsin Avenue.

This spring, as they gear up for baby Violet’s first Georgetown birthday party, they say they can’t imagine a better community in which to raise a child.

 

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