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Most Expensive Homes on the Market: A $10.5 Million Award-Winning Townhouse in Georgetown

This five-level historic home underwent a $10-million gut renovation to reach its current über-contemporary design.

Photographs courtesy of Fusion Photography by HomeVisit.

A historic home turned modern masterpiece, this 1811 Federal-style townhouse on Georgetown’s Smith Row was given a complete facelift—a multi-year $10-million renovation tackled by architects Simon and Hugh Newell Jacobsen, during which literally everything but the bricks was rebuilt. Even the mortar was replaced.

The resulting home—an AIA winner once featured in Architectural Digest—spotlights a clean, modern design, with a pristine, sleek aesthetic and luxe features, including a chic floating wood staircase bordered by a wood-and-glass handrail, a full-level master suite with an all-white marble and tile bath, and a made-for-entertaining outdoor space, outfitted with a terraced patio and a geothermal-heated pool.

According to property records, the current homeowner is prominent cosmetic dermatologist and laser surgeon Dr. Tina Alster. Alster’s a known clotheshorse and art collector, which explains that closet—check out the double-banked rolling wall of shoes—and the all-white decor, built to highlight her carefully collected pieces (including that custom Fornasetti dining set).

The five-story, four-bedroom townhouse is listed at $10.5 million, just a half-million less and a few blocks east of last week’s $11 million historic home. Take a peek below, then head to Washington Fine Properties for the complete details.



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