Elijah McLean House

The Elijah McLean House on Front Street was built in 1839. It is one of the five oldest buildings in Washington.

More than 11 years after closing its doors, Elijah McLean’s has new owners.

RE/MAX agent Steve Luecker represented the sellers in the transaction. He confirmed the sale of the property, which closed Thursday, Aug. 3, to an investment group.

Luecker said the former home and restaurant had been on the market for at least a decade. He said the sale price was $900,000. The website Trulia.com had the property listed for $1.2 million.

Luecker said he had been told the buyers plan to open up a restaurant with a wine bar, guest rooms and possibly utilize the building as a wedding venue.

Once the prominent home of a Washington physician, the 2 1/2-story building located at 600 W. Front St. served as a restaurant under prior owners. The most recent owners, Cynthia and Matt McKean of New Jersey, bought the circa 1839 building in 2003.

The McKeans opened a restaurant there in April 2004, but in early 2006 announced the business would be closed.

The approximately 11,000-square-foot building sits on 2.9 acres. The McKeans purchased the building from Dibi Khanzada, a native of England, who had owned the property since 1988.

Under the McKeans’ ownership, the building underwent extensive renovations for several months before opening.