3306 R St NW is not only stunning and classic in style but also contains an exciting storied history. This home is currently the left wing of what used to be the “Friendship” estate—an 1840s Georgetown mansion, once owned by the prominent Evelyn Walsh McLean.
During World War II, Mrs. McLean moved into the estate with her husband, John McLean —a publishing tycoon who ran The Washington Post. Soon after, the McLeans became a household name for throwing lavish weekly dinners and parties for anywhere from 12 to 112 guests at the mansion.
The guest list would often include significant figures in politics and the arts, such as Senator Harry Truman, J Edgar Hoover, and film stars like Fanny Brice, Noel Coward, and Gary Cooper.
Mrs. McLean’s legendary parties often included a game called “pass the Hope Diamond” where guests could try on her exquisite and large $2 million necklace. It’s said that the “Friendship” estate would see more people and parties than even the most popular clubs at the time.
Known for virtually always wearing the dazzling diamond stone, Mrs. McLean would often swim in her pool wearing it, hide it in her couch cushions, and even have her dog wear it. People have often said that the 45.52-carat stone was rumored to be cursed.
Even after the McLeans’ 9-year old son and daughter died and her husband was put into a sanitorium, Evalyn resolutely refused to get rid of her treasured possession.
After Evalyn McLean’s death, the mansion was split into four residences. Set on the hilltop of the west village of Georgetown, 3306 R St NW contains some of the stunning features from the “Friendship” mansion, such as the original patterned hardwood oak floors.
Inside, you’ll find a grand formal living room that spills with natural light and a beautiful fireplace, setting the perfect stage for your own dinner party. Other features include built-in bookcases and cabinets in the master bedroom with his and her closets, a gourmet kitchen, and expansive outdoor space.
This luxurious and elegant home is in one of the best locations in D.C., has gorgeous interiors and comes with exceptional amenities.
Janice Pouch of Compass has the listing.