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Georgetown's Evermay Estate Was Almost Nevermore

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Location: Washington, D.C.
Price: $29,500,000
The Skinny: This impressive brick Federal, tucked up against Rock Creek Park in D.C.'s tony neighborhood of Georgetown, was built in 1801 for local land baron Samuel Davidson. Davidson, who provided the land for the construction of the White House, crafted this house for the tidy sum of just $2,302.82. Not a bad deal for 10 bedrooms, but you can expect to pay a bit more today: $29.5M, to be precise. A 3.5-acre prime plot in Georgetown, an exquisitely preserved mansion, and a dose of history: these all sound desirable now, but the estate almost met its end in 1919. Developer Francis H. Duehey bought the property and planned to demolish the house and build a hotel on the site. In a triumph for early N.I.M.B.Y.-ism, the citizens of Georgetown rallied to pass an ordinance forbidding construction taller than 40 feet. So, shouldn't they get a cut of the sale?
· Evermay [Christie's]
· 1623 28th Street [Long & Foster]