6 Beds
3.5 Baths
6,182 SqFt
0.15 Acre Lot
6,534 Sqft Lot
Status Active Under Contract
Property Type Detached
Price Type
Year Built 1815
Neighborhood Old Town Se Quadrant
Days on Website 240

Property Map

$3,575,000 – 301 S Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Street View

Courtesy of Katharine W Patterson, McEnearney Associates, Inc..


Welcome to the historic Lafayette House, named for the famous Revolutionary Frenchman, the Marquis de Lafayette, who visited Alexandria in 1824 and stayed at this gracious brick residence during his visit. The house is entirely free standing with private walled gardens to the south of the house and off street parking for three cars. Built in 1815-1817 by Thomas Lawrason, it has been home to a number of notable historic families, including Lawrence and Nelly Custis Lewis, who was the granddaughter of Martha Washington. The house is built in the Federal style, with a grand entrance hall stretching 34 feet, with twelve foot ceilings, archways and two doors to the double parlors, each with wood burning fireplaces, original heart pine floors and original mahogany pocket doors to separate the rooms as needed. Through the hyphen, which connects the formal parlors to the rest of the house, is the banquet sized dining room, which was enlarged during an 1850 renovation and rumored to be the location of the creation of the state of West Virginia. Beyond the dining room is a large kitchen, boasting an original cooking fireplace, modern stainless steel appliances, custom granite countertops and both a breakfast room and back staircase to the second floor bedroom area. The second floor offers a grand master bedroom and bath, a second bedroom or sitting room, where the Marquis de Lafayette stayed during his visit, as well as a large library and two additional bedrooms and bath. The upper level offers two additional bedrooms and bath and views of the City. When this house was originally built, the owner could look down from his widow’s walk on the rooftop to see his ships arrive in the port city of Old Town. The house itself offers over 6,000 square feet of gracious living space, there is also a floored walk up attic and a brick floored basement with over 2,000 square feet of space – possibly a future wine cellar! There are 11 wood burning fireplaces in the house and gated access to the walled garden both front and rear. The gardens were designed by a Scotsman, believed to have been visiting the area while the house was being built and offers brick pathways, a serene pond and gazebo.

Property Details and Features

Property Access

  • Road Responsibility: City/County

Appliances and Equipment

  • Dishwasher
  • Disposal
  • Exhaust Fan
  • Range Hood
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven/Range – Gas
  • Icemaker


  • Outside Entrance
  • Connecting Stairway
  • Full
  • Space For Rooms


  • 4 total bathrooms
  • 3 bathrooms on all upper levels
  • 3 full bathrooms
  • 1 half bathroom
  • 1 half bathroom on main level


  • 6 bedrooms on upper levels
  • 6 bedrooms


  • 6,182 sqft living area
  • 6,182 sqft above grade (finished)
  • 6,182 sqft above grade (unfinished)
  • 1,960 sqft below grade (unfinished)
  • Built in 1815
  • Structure Type: Detached
  • Wall & Ceiling Types: Plaster Walls
  • 3+ levels
  • Federal
  • Brick


  • Central Air
  • Electric
  • Central A/C


  • 11 fireplaces
  • Mantel(s)


  • Hardwood


  • Natural Gas
  • Hot Water
  • Radiator

Interior Features

  • Attic
  • Breakfast Area
  • Dining Area
  • Built-Ins
  • Chair Railings
  • Upgraded Countertops
  • Crown Moldings
  • Master Bath(s)
  • Wood Floors
  • Floor Plan – Traditional


  • 92 days on market
  • $578 per sqft


  • County: Alexandria City
  • Subdivision: Old Town Se Quadrant


  • 6,600 sqft
  • 0.15 acres


  • 3 open parking spaces
  • Brick Driveway


  • Historic
  • Other Structures: Above Grade


  • Slate


  • Elementary School: LYLES-CROUCH
  • Middle School: GEORGE WASHINGTON
  • High School: T.C. WILLIAMS


  • Public Sewer


  • City/Town Tax: $34,782
  • City/Town Tax Pymnt Freq: Annually
  • Tax Annual Amount: $34,782
  • Tax Year: 2020


  • Hot Water: Natural Gas

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