Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s home has hit the Georgetown real estate market.
Located at 1318 34th St. NW, just blocks from the campus of Georgetown University where she taught for many years, the late Secretary of State enjoyed hosting diplomats, dignitaries and important Washingtonians at the stately home. Big names who visited with Albright at the historic brick townhouse include former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice.
The home, built in 1853, has original floors and crown mouldings. The kitchen and bathrooms have been updated within the last decade (by D.C. architect Anne Decker, known for “sophisticated simplicity and attention to detail”). The property also includes two features often coveted in a Georgetown home package: a large garden and a two-car garage (repurposed for diplomatic security).
The home’s traditional brick façade is magnified by gorgeous ivy and two sets of iron-railed front stairs. Once you enter, the reception foyer and hall feature a welcoming view of the terrace and gardens.
The home is on the market for $4 million. How’s this for inflation? Albright bought the home with her ex-husband for about $100,000 in 1968. She raised her three daughters, Alice, Katherine and Anne, in the home amidst hosting foreign policy experts, and national security decision-makers. There were also monthly dinner parties at the 4,000-square-foot home.
The home’s setting at 1318 34th St. NW is ideal for an Albright-esque Washingtonian, or a family looking for lots of space. The gourmet kitchen designed by Decker has a large pantry, high-end stainless-steel appliances, marble countertops and a center island, and a Viking six-burner range. There’s even a butler’s pantry off the kitchen for additional storage.
Two wood-burning fireplaces within the home are perfect for cozy winter evenings.
Well-read Washingtonians will adore the library in the home that includes walls and walls of bookshelves and overlooks the garden.
The home is listed for sale with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty’s Michael Rankin and Logan MacKethan last week.