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Listing We Love: A 19th-Century Astronomer’s Former Digs in Georgetown

Listing We Love: A 19th-Century Astronomer’s Former Digs in Georgetown

For the first time in 110 years, this striking property near Rose Park and M Street is on the market. Meticulously restored, the three-story home was purchased by astronomer Asaph Hall in 1868, and was where he lived when he discovered the moons orbiting Mars—after much urging from his wife, he woke early the morning of August 17, 1877 and headed up to the U.S. Naval Observatory, where he made the discovery using its 26-inch refracting telescope, the largest in the world at the time. For a sweet $6.8 mil, you can geek out with your own telescope on the home’s rear patio.

Here are the details:

Address: 2715 N St., NW
List Price: $6,795,000
Square Footage: 5,250
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 7.5
Amenities: Gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry, two master bedrooms with attached master baths, library with fireplace, elevator, wine cellar

For more photos and details, visit the listing here.

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Kim Olsen
Assistant Editor

Kim Olsen joined Washingtonian in 2016 after moving to DC from Pittsburgh, where she earned an MFA in nonfiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Alexandria.