It Has 13 Bedrooms and a Lot of History—Priciest Homes Still Sell

By: Lynne Shallcross

Eight bedrooms and eight baths overlook a nice beach.
Whether it’s the strong local economy or the booming stock market, real-estate brokers say they’re seeing some of the area’s priciest homes start to sell—even while the overall housing market is slowing.

Earlier this year, Llangollen Farm, an 1,100-acre equestrian estate in western Loudoun County, sold for $22 million. In Georgetown, the Allbritton family bought Herb Miller’s 28,000-square-foot home; it listed for $28 million, and word is that it sold for $25 million.

Feeling left out? There are still a few houses with eight-car garages out there.

Neighborhood: Landon Woods, Bethesda

Price: $14,500,000

Beds and baths: six bedrooms, five bathrooms

Amenities: 2.7 acres with a pool, tennis courts, and guest quarters over the garage

The scoop: With Landon School around the corner, a fine education for your sons is a short walk away.

Bonus: Gated premises keep out summer pool hoppers.

Neighborhood: Braddock Woods, Clifton, Virginia

Price: $14,000,000

Beds and baths: seven bedrooms, ten baths

Amenities: 30-by-40-foot art gallery, elevator, indoor heated pool, eight-car garage, geothermal radiant heat, roof deck, and water fountains

The scoop: designed by architect Ron J. Hubbard, whose client list includes the Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the World Bank

Bonus: helicopter pad so you can avoid that messy Northern Virginia traffic
A dozen fireplaces once warmed the Kennedy clan.
Neighborhood: Langley Farms, McLean

Price: $12,500,000

Beds and baths: 13 bedrooms, 11 baths

Amenities: 38-foot living room, pool and pool house, tennis court, stables, movie theater, and sauna on almost six acres

The scoop: Known as Hickory Hill, this was Robert F. Kennedy’s family home for 50 years, previously owned by JFK and Jackie.

Bonus: If the heating system breaks, there are 12 fireplaces to keep you warm.
George Washington owned this estate.
Neighborhood: Bellapais, Alexandria

Price: $9,750,000

Beds and baths: six bedrooms, eight baths

Amenities: four-car garage, four fireplaces, a barn, and stable on 25 acres of land

The scoop: Built in 1850, the Federal-style estate is on land once owned by George Washington as part of his River Farm.

Bonus: It’s the largest remaining private estate on the Potomac, according to Washington Fine Properties.

Neighborhood: Georgetown

Price: $8,950,000

Beds and baths: six bedrooms, eight baths

Amenities: more-than-9,000-square-foot Federal-style estate with multiple verandas, a gourmet kitchen, exercise room, studio space, six fireplaces, and a master bedroom suite with a library

The scoop: Approaching its 200th year, this home merges history with the comforts of modern life.

Bonus: a staff apartment for all the people you’ll now need to keep things up.