It isn’t often that a 145-year old house in Arlington comes on the market. Built between 1871 and 1875, “The Hill” was initially a summer house for the Nelson family of Washington, DC. Five generations of the family owned and occupied the house until it was sold in 1969-1970. The siting of this dwelling documents the rural nature of Old Glebe community and the construction of summer or temporary housing by prominent Washington, DC families in northern Arlington County in the latter part of the 19th century (From Arlington County Survey for Old Glebe NC Plan).
The exterior design and dimensions of the facade of the house as well as the siting on the property are some of the few clues left to the history of the property. It would be interesting to learn more. Completely renovated the interior is a modern home featuring four bedrooms and three baths and sites on a 1/3 acre lot, as two lots were subdivided off in the 1990’s. It is on the market for $1,568,000, click here for the listing.
On occasion, Preservation Arlington will highlight unique historic houses that are on the market in Arlington County. We hope to raise awareness of some of the true housing gems we have here. Some might be in great condition and just need to be maintained by their next owner, while others may need a steward with heart and passion to restore and stabilize the property. These are not commercial listings or endorsements by Preservation Arlington.