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This historic blue house was just named the nicest vacation rental in the US

It's all about Washington in this Virginia home

Erika Mailman
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Erika Mailman
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A peacock-blue vacation rental built in 1860 in Alexandria, Virginia, just won the Hottest Property Award in the US, proving that historical residences have great allure.

The Liberty House boasts no backyard pool or beach access — but there’s palpable history here with a front door with a transom window, wide wooden floorboards, a brick fireplace with the original 1860 mantel and a clipper ship mural that covers an entire wall.

Liberty House
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The award was given to owners Cameron and Noelle Foster by eviivo, an online booking management site, reported CNBC.

The two-bedroom, two-bath home sits in the city’s Old Town historic district and is a 15-minute walk to two Metro stops. Two blocks away is a trolley that brings you to the waterfront, but the best part may be the walk score of 97: shops, restaurants and museums are a quick stroll away.

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Alexandria was named the third best small city in the US in 2021 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. In the Old Town, you can walk red brick sidewalks and enjoy historical taverns dating to 1749. In fact, the Fosters, who hail from Seattle, found their walk on King Street so charming that they walked straight into a real estate office to buy the then-dilapidated house. It gave them a dream remodeling project and the chance to be close to their daughter attending George Washington University. They brought the house down to the studs, as reported in VIP Alexandria magazine, before transforming it into the perfect rental now that their child has graduated.

Liberty House
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If you want even more history, jump on the bike that comes with the rental and ride the 10-mile path to Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washington whose image — on paintings, throw pillows and wine labels— can be found throughout the home.

Liberty House
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