PHOTOS: Robert E. Lee’s childhood home in Alexandria gets $2.3M price cut

A historic home for sale in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, built in 1795 that served as the boyhood home of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee just had a big price cut.

Originally listed for $8.5 million in April 2018, the listing price has been reduced to $6.25 million.

The front entrance of Robert E. Lee's childhood home, which is currently on the market. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
A view of the historical sign in front of the Lee estate in Alexandria, Virginia. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
The grounds of the Lee estate. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
Patio and side view of the Lee estate. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
A bird's eye shot of Robert E. Lee's childhood home. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
The reception foyer of the Lee estate. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
The formal living room of the Lee estate. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
The formal dining room in the Lee house features a chandelier and fireplace. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
A breakfast room in the Lee house, also equipped with a fireplace. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
A fully-equipped and renovated kitchen in the Lee estate. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
A den and office space in the Lee estate. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
The family room in the Lee house. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
The second level landing of the stairway in the Lee estate. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
The master bedroom in the Lee house. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
The master bath features two seperate sinks and plenty of light. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
This is the dressing room of the Lee house in Alexandria. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
A secondary bedroom in the Lee estate. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
A top-down view from the top of the main stairway. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
The listing describes this space as a "rec room." (Courtesy HRL Partners)
A laundry room on the lower levels. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
A detached two-car garage that comes with the Lee estate. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
The garage has a workshop above it. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
A drawing of the complete grounds that come with the purchase of the Lee estate. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
Mock-up of the main and second floors of the house. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
Third and lowever levels of the Lee house. (Courtesy HRL Partners)
The home, at 607 Oronoco Street, is listed by Robert Hryniewicki, Adam Rackliffe and Christopher Leary of HRL Partners with Washington Fine Properties.

The current owners purchased the home in a private sale in 2000. Hryniewicki calls them “empty nesters” who no longer need such a large home.

It is also the first time the home has been publicly listed for sale in 50 years.

The 6-bedroom, 4 1/2 bath, three-story home is roughly 8,100 square feet and sits on a half an acre of gardens.

The listing says it has been subject to a detailed and complete restoration as a newly-functional structure in an antique envelope.

The home is a registered Virginia landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The home was originally built in 1795 by John Potts and sold to William Fitzhugh, a delegate to the Continental Congress for Virginia in 1779.

The historic placard in front of the home reads “Robert E. Lee left this home that he loved so well to enter West Point.”

The Lee family moved into the home when Robert E. Lee was 5 years old in 1812. Lee lived there until 1825.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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