Tish Alsop Home in Woodley Park On Market

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Tish Alsop's home
Tish Alsop's home

The former home of Patricia “Tish” Alsop in Woodley Park is on the market for $1,690,000, and what a house it is! If the walls could tell amazing stories, pages of history would be retold. The home is listed by Beasley Real Estate.

Living Room (Photo by: Beasley RE) Living Room

From the outside, it looks like a characteristic Woodley Park home, but the inside is filled with the stories and treasures of a remarkable Washington family.   It is the fascinating former home of Patricia “Tish” Alsop whose family has been making its mark on Washington, DC for over 80 years.  

Born in Gibraltar, “Tish,” who spoke with a British accent, met Stewart Alsop during World War II when he was serving in the British Army.  She later worked as a decoding agent for the British Intelligence Service.  They were married in London on June 20, 1944, when she was 18.

Back in the United States, from 1945 to 1958, Stewart Alsop covered domestic and world politics for the New York Herald Tribune with his brother, Joseph Alsop.  After the Alsop brothers ended their partnership, Stewart went on to write articles and a regular column for the Saturday Evening Post until 1968, then a weekly column for Newsweek from 1968 until his death in 1974.  He published several books, including a "sort of memoir" of his battle with an unusual form of leukemia, Stay of Execution

A good place to read & write (Photo by: Beasley RE) A good place to read & write

Mrs. Alsop’s husband and his brother wrote the much-read syndicated column together, “Matter of Fact,” from 1946 to 1958.

The Alsops had entertained members of Washington’s social elite, including presidents, journalists, world leaders, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and others who made decisions that affected domestic and global affairs.

After Mr. Alsop’s death, Mrs. Alsop returned to school to study medical technology and the disease that took her husband’s life.  She worked in a biomedical research laboratory and studied issues related to bone-marrow transplantation, which has become increasingly important in the treatment of leukemia. She retired in 1992. Mrs. Alsop died at age 86 on Nov. 3, 2012 at a Bethesda nursing facility. She was the mother of six children.

“I am honored to have been chosen to present this truly elegant home to the public,” said Sheila Mooney, the listing agent who is working with the Alsop Estate to sell the home.

A table to make history (Photo by: Beasley RE) A table to make history

The Alsop home is one of the largest homes in Woodley Park, offering spacious light-filled rooms, warm wood floors, superb indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces and a beautiful private terrace and garden.  Garfield Terrace is a quiet, low traffic cul-du-sac, only a few blocks to the Metro and close to many fine schools including Oyster/Adams Bilingual School. 

Tour the property here.

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Rear Patio (Photo by: Beasley RE) Rear Patio


2 Comments For This Article


Tish Alsop lived in Cleveland Park, between Springland Lane and Rodman Street, from before I bought my home (which abutted hers) in 1986 till she moved out and , I believe, into a senior residence, about five or six years ago. So when did she live in Woodley Park?


Mrs. Alsop lived in Woodley Park from 2005 on.