Real Estate

A Victorian Farmhouse for Sale in a DC Suburb Has a 1950s Diner On-Site

Cool? Creepy? You be the judge.

Photos courtesy of Compass.

It sounds like the craziest episode of House Hunters ever: She loves Victorian architecture, he loves 1950s kitsch. How will they ever compromise on a dream home?

The answer is about to be listed for sale in Germantown, where an 1800s farmhouse with a replica 1950s diner on the premises will hit the market Thursday for $1,250,000. In addition to the nearly 4,000-square-foot main house, the seven-acre property includes a historic corn crib, extensive gardens with a koi pond, a peacock pavilion (which, yes, once held actual peacocks), and an eight-car garage that’s also done up in a retro theme.

According to listing agents Meredith Margolis and Molly Peter, the sellers bought the property back in 2004 after the wife, who loves all things Victorian, got a tip about it from her hairdresser. Over the years, she’s decorated floor-to-ceiling with Victorian antiques and period-appropriate hardware, wallpaper, draperies, light fixtures, and other finishes. Meanwhile, the husband, a former Chevrolet dealer who comes from a long line of car enthusiasts, created a not-at-all subtle homage to ’50s car culture with his onsite diner and auto shop, both housed in the eight-car garage. The couple is only selling because they’re moving to Florida.

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Senior Editor

Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 as a staff writer, and became a senior editor in 2014. She oversees the magazine’s real estate and home design coverage, and writes long-form feature stories. She was a 2020 Livingston Award finalist for her two-part investigation into a wrongful conviction stemming from a murder in rural Virginia.