The Georgetown home where Albrecht Muth allegedly killed his wife, Viola Drath, has been put on the market by her heirs for just under $1 million. The first open house was held this past weekend. The townhouse, at 3206 Q Street, is a relative deal, if the buyer is not disturbed by its grisly history. A similar adjacent property sold for half a million dollars more. The history of 3206 Q did not deter a number of prospective buyers from having a walk-through.
When Drath and Muth lived there the house was tastefully decorated, but also somewhat dreary and drab. The good news is it has been transformed. The curtains have been removed from the windows, the carpet removed, the walls painted a bright and light-reflecting cream. There is a master bedroom, overlooking Q Street, and two smaller guest bedrooms, as well as two and a half baths, a basement dining room and kitchen, a middle-floor living room and study, and a back terrace and garden.
The murder occurred in August 2011. Drath’s body was found on the floor of an upstairs bathroom. The police said she had been beaten and strangled. Muth said she was killed by individuals out to get him. Police arrested and charged him almost immediately and he has been incarcerated at turns at the DC jail, United Medical Center, and Saint Elizabeths Hospital as he staged periodic hunger strikes. His trial, oft-delayed for health reasons, is scheduled to begin in December.
The house is listed by Nancy Taylor Bubes of Washington Fine Properties.