Family Properties

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Oatsie Charles’ Georgetown mansion changes hands again just as her grandson settles in a few blocks away.

By Mary K. Mewborn

Philanthropist Paul Mellon's Embassy Row house.

Philanthropist Paul Mellon's Embassy Row house.


The Dougal House, the former Georgetown home of grande dame Marion ‘Oatsie’ Leiter Charles located at 3259 R STREET NW, has sold for the second time in little more than a year. Last October, Mrs. Charles sold it for $7 million, but buyer Christian Hunt soon put it back on the market at $7.4 million with listing agent Jeff Mauer with Coldwell Banker. The second buyer, who paid $6.5 million and wishes to remain anonymous, was represented by Ellen Morrell and Matt McCormick of Washington Fine Properties. With the witty Mrs. Charles as its consummate châtelaine and hostess, the magnificent 1857 Italianate-style home at 3259 R STREET NW welcomed such illustrious guests as Ian Fleming, Noël Coward and Princess Michael of Kent to its embassy-size rooms. The meticulously maintained private grounds feature ponds, a guesthouse, meditation garden, and a large garage.

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