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Historic millwork, a wine cellar, and two and a half acres. By Michelle Thomas

The listing for this nearly-$5 million mansion may start out a little curiously—apparently it was under contract, until the Russian buyer pulled out during his country’s political crisis, according to the listing brokerage—but this Avenel estate makes up for it by racking up a long list of super-luxe amenities. Built in 1996 by Mitchell Racoosin of Custom Builders as his own personal residence, the six-bed, ten-bath home includes such highlights as imported historic European millwork and fireplaces, beautifully inlaid hardwood flooring, rustic wood beam detailing in the family room, a professional-level home theater, and a wine cellar. All on two and a half acres of land that includes a pool and a sports court.

7016 Natelli Woods Lane is listed at $4.995 million. Take a look inside below, then go to the Fleisher Group for the complete tour.

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Posted at 01:15 PM/ET, 04/15/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
And check out that patio! By Michelle Thomas

Smack in the heart of Georgetown at 31st and P Streets, this four-bedroom, four-bath townhouse combines a covetable location with beautiful architecture that comes courtesy of the home's 1900 vintage. While recent renovations updated much of the home—including the kitchen, now outfitted with high-end appliances and trendy glass-front cabinetry—many of the original touches appear to have been preserved. Among the highlights? Bay windows, three fireplaces, and a striking set of Palladian French doors that open to a charming garden patio. The master bedroom offers a balcony, and there’s an au pair suite on the lower level.

3106 P Street is listed at $2.995 million. Take a look below, then go to Washington Fine Properties for the complete tour.

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Posted at 10:37 AM/ET, 04/08/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
This luxury DC building will make you feel better about your rent—but probably a lot worse about your decor. By Marisa M. Kashino
All photos by Sam Kittner.

Think your rent is high? Apartments at The Woodley, managed by the Bozzuto Group, go for up to $12,000 a month—a figure that raised some eyebrows last summer when the super luxe 212-unit building opened to residents, becoming one of the most expensive apartment complexes in Washington. Eight months later, only about 30 percent of the building at 2700 Woodley Road in—you guessed it—Woodley Park is leased. According to its website, Bozzuto is offering a month of free rent to new residents, or to pay for moving costs. Management says many of the current residents are international. And apparently some are just international travelers—on the afternoon we visited, a reception was under way in the lobby for a US ambassador who lives in one of the penthouses.

Not every unit goes for five figures. Studios start at $2,700 a month, and living in the building comes with plenty of perks. There’s an infinity pool, an expansive roof deck, and a concierge at your beck and call 24 hours a day. Here’s a look inside the two-bedroom, two-bathroom model unit, decorated by Hartman Design Group.

Posted at 02:54 PM/ET, 04/07/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
This four-bedroom in Logan Circle recently underwent a modern-luxe renovation. By Michelle Thomas

Homes selling within days of going on the market is a oft-relayed piece of DC real estate lore, but it always begs the question: What’s the magic behind a lightening-speed sale? For this Logan Circle rowhouse—listed at $1.35 million on Thursday and under contract by Saturdaythe appeal is obvious, thanks to a gorgeous renovation of the 1900 home by Arlington-based development firm Realington. The place is like a checklist of coveted design features, including a contemporary textured white fireplace, floating ceilings, exposed brick walls, white-washed hardwood floors, bay picture windows, luxe lighting fixtures, marble counters, and a stunning rain shower/soaking tub combo in the master bath. Take a peek inside 1414 Columbia St. NW below, and see the rest of the photos here.

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Posted at 12:09 PM/ET, 04/06/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
And an indoor pool, home theater, and wine cellar. By Michelle Thomas

When it comes to opulence, this McLean palace checks off practically every luxurious detail within its sprawling 20,000 square feet. Built in 2008, the six-bedroom, 12-bath French Provincial mansion features intricate decorative moldings and medallions, inlaid wood flooring, Palladian windows, rows of French doors, several ceiling murals, and chandeliers in nearly every room. The kitchen alone has two chandeliers and a fireplace. Then there’s the amenities—there’s an indoor pool, an indoor basketball court, a ballroom, an elevator, a wine cellar, and an au pair suite. And don’t miss the home theater. It’s legit.

1005 Founders Ridge Lane is listed at $12.5 million. Look inside below, then go to Washington Fine Properties for more details.

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Posted at 11:16 AM/ET, 04/01/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
And now it costs nearly $4 million. By Michelle Thomas

If you've secretly always wanted to live in a church—and you also have nearly $4 million to burn—here's your chance. For 80-plus years, this 1855 Tudor was known as the Market Street Chapel to its Georgetown neighbors. Then in the 1930s, it was redeveloped into a residence, and in 2012 underwent a complete renovation to end up the place it is today—a five-bedroom, four-bath home with an in-law suite, a contemporary kitchen, two separately deeded garages, and a rare side garden that connects to the the rear patio. Architectural features include wooden beams and accents, a huge arched window, and, of course, cathedral ceilings.

1552 33rd Street NW is listed at $3.895 million. See inside below, then go to Washington Fine Properties for more details.

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Posted at 12:11 PM/ET, 03/26/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The Forest Hills estate is asking $22 million. By Michelle Thomas

Got $22 million? That’s how much Giant Food supermarket heir Samuel Lehrman is seeking for his lavish Forest Hills home, which moves it right to the top of the DC real estate heap as most expensive on the market. (It’s technically tied with the Textile Museum property in Kalorama, a duo of buildings which are listed together.)

This is what you get for your multi-millions: 20,000 square feet of Neoclassical mansion, including seven bedrooms, 14 baths, private staff quarters, a climate-controlled wine cellar and tasting room, and an elevator. Inside, there are elegant design features such as inlaid white oak floors, mahogany doors, and Italian marble; outside, there’s a custom brick and Indiana limestone facade, terraces, and a curving rear staircase that overlooks the swimming pool, poolhouse, formal and informal English gardens, a sports court, and nearly an acre of parkland property.

Take a look inside the Fessenden House below, then go to Christie’s for more details.

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Posted at 12:13 PM/ET, 03/25/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Lots of marble. Zero clutter. By Michelle Thomas

You’d have to be a pretty devoted minimalist to live in this Georgetown condo. Über-contemporary with a super-slick design and exacting viewpoint, this austere one-bedroom penthouse was renovated by Schlesinger Associate Architects for owner Bruno Lassus a few years back, and the finished product spotlights sleek, cool expanses of Calcutta marble, clear and frosted glass walls, and rare wood accents, combined with sculptural architecture that includes a striking marble staircase and impressive biofuel fireplace. Top-of-the-line contemporary finishes complement the modern feel—the condo is outfitted with a Bulthaup kitchen, Alessi and Waterworks bath fixtures, Lutron lighting, and Bang & Olufsen audio. Our favorite part: That incredible glass-enclosed soaking tub. Check your modesty at the door.

1045 31st St NW is listed at $2.5 million. Look inside below, then go to TTR Sotheby’s for more details.

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Posted at 11:27 AM/ET, 03/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
No basketball court, but plenty of sports relics. By Michelle Thomas
All photographs via MRIS.

Looks like last night's tournament exit isn’t University of Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon’s only recent loss. After putting his Chevy Chase home on the market for $2.65 million last year, he ended up settling for $150,000 under list when the six-bed, seven-bath home went for $2.5 million at the end of last year—and that's a $50,000 decrease from Turgeon's 2011 purchase price, according to property records.

Take a look inside the four-level craftsman home below. Naturally, basketball paraphernalia abounds—don’t miss the basement’s framed jersey and photos from Turgeon’s days playing for the University of Kansas, and the “Maryland Pride” banner in one of the bedrooms.

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Posted at 10:37 AM/ET, 03/23/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
It involves a 3,500-bottle wine cellar and 2,000 acres of land. By Michelle Thomas

Built in 2002, this French Provincial-style mansion in rural Fauquier County counts a long list of rather impressive stats. The estate has eight bedrooms, 11 baths, and 10 fireplaces. There's a home theater, elevator, tasting room, and wine cellar with space for a 3,500-bottle collection. A carriage house has its own a six-car garage. But it's the property that's perhaps the most remarkable—the home sits on a staggering 2,000 acres of land that includes three ponds and lush, rolling hills.

12410 Cove Lane is listed at $23.95 million. Take a peek inside below, then go to Washington Fine Properties for the complete details.

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Posted at 12:44 PM/ET, 03/18/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()