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Plus—five other luxe listings off the market this month.
A lawyer snapped up this $3.5-million rowhouse as soon as it hit the market. Photograph by David Pipkin.

DC


Sold: $3,495,000.

Listed: $3,495,000.

Days on market: 1.

Where: Georgetown.

Style: Victorian.

Bragging points: Six bedrooms, five baths, new eat-in kitchen, Brazilian hardwood floors.

Who: Bought by Stuart Barr, a partner at the law firm Hogan Lovells.

Sold: $6,000,000.

Listed: $6,250,000.

Days on market: 16.

Where: Georgetown.

Style: Contemporary condo.

Bragging points: Four bedrooms, five baths, floor-to-ceiling windows, two private balconies; located just off the Potomac, with southern and western river views.

Who: Sold by socialite and philanthropist Susan Carmel Lehrman.

Maryland

It took nearly a year to sell a six-bedroom, nine-bath mansion in Potomac. Photograph by David Pipkin.

Sold: $2,985,000.

Listed: $3,200,000.

Days on market: 348.

Where: Potomac.

Style: Traditional.

Bragging points: Six bedrooms, nine baths, on more than 2½ acres; recently renovated, with swimming pool and home gym.

Who: Sold by Allan Holt, a managing director at the Carlyle Group.

Virginia

This McLean Colonial fetched $2.7 million, just shy of its $2.795-million asking price. Photograph by David Pipkin.

Sold: $2,925,000.

Listed: $3,249,000.

Days on market: 60.

Where: McLean.

Style: Colonial.

Bragging points: Seven bedrooms, nine baths, tennis court, pool; a 200-year-old log cabin is a part of the home.

Who: Bought by Gordon O’Brien,an executive at the investment firm American Capital.

Sold: $2,700,000.

Listed: $2,795,000.

Days on market: 12.

Where: McLean.

Style: Colonial.

Bragging points: Six bedrooms, nine baths, home theater, gym, library.

Who: Sold by Teresa Gendron, chief financial officer of the holding company Leucadia National Corporation.

Sold: $2,400,000.

Listed: $2,700,000.

Days on market: 483.

Where: Aldie (in Loudoun County).

Style: French country.

Bragging points: Five bedrooms, seven baths, elevator, library, sunroom; in a gated community with concierge services.

Who: Bought by a trustee of Allen Wise, previously CEO of Coventry Health Care.

Some sales information provided by American City Business Leads and Diana Hart of TTR Sotheby International Realty. Sales listed were the most expensive of those with publicly available details.

This article appears in the March 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 02:50 PM/ET, 03/02/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Four beds, five baths, nearly $7 million. By Caroline Cunningham

At 4,314 square feet, this penthouse is on the petite side for being one of Washington’s most expensive listings. But its location at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown easily explains the price. Floor-to-ceiling windows that offer scenic views of the Potomac, massive walk-in closets, an in-home fitness center, and marble flooring all contribute to putting this condo a notch above the rest. It comes with a 24-hour concierge, too, so you could argue that you're also getting a personal butler for that nearly $7 million price tag—sort of.

3150 South St., NW #PH1D is listed at $6.795 million. Take a peek inside below, then go to TTR Sotheby’s International Realty for the complete listing.

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Posted at 10:43 AM/ET, 02/26/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
These properties have some serious screening capabilities—and they're all for sale. By Caroline Cunningham
Photograph by Shutterstock/StacieStauffSmith Photos.

The closest most of us will get to the Oscars is watching them on TV at home come Sunday. But some Washingtonians take that idea to new heights thanks to outrageous home theaters. From plush stadium seating to projector screens and surround sound, these in-house cinemas have our vote.

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Posted at 02:19 PM/ET, 02/20/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Wood-beamed ceilings, Gothic arches, and multiple fireplaces in a 1933 home. By Caroline Cunningham

This five-bedroom, six-bathroom home went on the market in May for the first time in 30 years. The 1933 residence may feel more suited to Snow White and her seven dwarves than a well-heeled Washington family, but fans of Tudor architecture will love the house’s hand-hewn beamed ceilings, large fireplaces, Gothic arched doorways, and ivy-covered brick exterior. Located just east of Embassy Row, the home overlooks Woodland-Normanstone Terrace Park and has plenty of sculpted green space out back, including a courtyard with a porte-cochère entrance. A home gym, a professional-grade kitchen, and a coffered ceiling in the library all add to the luxury of this supersize fairy tale cottage.

2728 32nd St., NW is listed at $7.5 million. Take a peek inside below, then head to Washington Fine Properties for the complete listing.

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Posted at 10:01 AM/ET, 02/19/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Two kitchens and 12 bathrooms for $8.2 million. By Caroline Cunningham

This 11-bedroom, 12-bath residence in Woodlawn is marketed as a “Mediterranean-style villa,” but that sounds a bit quaint for this 15,000-square-foot behemoth of a house. In 2008, it was listed at $18.5 million, making the current asking price seem almost like a steal. Situated between Rock Creek Park and Embassy Row, the property features a well-groomed lawn, a flagstone-surrounded pool, and a four-car garage. There’s a grand curved staircase in the foyer, dark wood built-ins in the home library, staff quarters, an elevator, and not one, but two kitchens.

2933 Benton Pl., NW is listed at $8.275 million. Take a peek inside, then head over to TTR Sotheby’s International Realty for the complete listing.

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Posted at 04:19 PM/ET, 02/11/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The nuts and bolts behind seven top-dollar transactions this month, including a nearly $8.6 million mansion sold in Bethesda.
This seven-bedroom in DC's Berkley neighborhood sat on the market for 286 days before retired Baltimore Ravens player Domonique Foxworth scooped it up. Photograph by David Pipkin.

DC

Sold: $4,005,000.

Listed: $4,300,000.

Days on market: 286.

Where: Berkley.

Style: Traditional.

Bragging points: Seven bedrooms, seven baths, his and hers master baths and closets; designed by architect Donald Lococo.

Who: Bought by retired Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth.

Sold: $3,695,000.

Listed: $3,695,000.

Days on market: 78.

Where: Berkley.

Style: Colonial.

Bragging points: Five bedrooms, seven baths; new construction, with an energy-efficient geothermal heating and cooling system.

Who: Bought by Peter Manos, managing partner of the private-equity firm Arlington Capital Partners.

Maryland

Sold by Paul Dell'Isola in Bethesda's Edgemoor, this house lasted only a day on the market. Photograph by David Pipkin.

Sold: $8,550,000.

Listed: $8,550,000.

Days on market: 1.

Where: Bethesda.

Style: French country.

Bragging points: Nine bedrooms, 11 baths, movie theater, indoor basketball court, outdoor pool.

Who: Sold by Paul Dell’Isola, senior managing director and head of capital markets at the investment bank FBR & Co.

Sold: $4,750,000.

Listed: $4,995,000.

Days on market: 123.

Where: Chevy Chase.

Style: Colonial.

Bragging points: Six bedrooms, six baths, detached carriage house; renovation designed by Barnes Vanze Architects.

Who: Bought by Joshua Ford Bonnie, a partner at the law firm Simpson Thacher.

Sold: $3,725,000.

Listed: $3,895,000.

Days on market: 115.

Where: Potomac.

Style: Colonial.

Bragging points: Eight bedrooms, ten baths, pool, tennis court; on more than two acres.

Who: Bought by Kenneth Bedingfield, newly chosen corporate vice president and chief financial officer at Northrop Grumman.

Virginia

Barack Obama's former national-security adviser paid $3.7 million for a McLean Colonial. Photograph by David Pipkin.

Sold: $3,725,000.

Listed: $3,995,000.

Days on market: 149.

Where: McLean.

Style: Colonial.

Bragging points: Six bedrooms, 11 baths, a wine cellar that holds 3,000 bottles, a library containing 6,000 books; underwent a $1-million renovation.

Who: Bought by Barack Obama’s former national-security adviser James Jones, now head of the consulting firm Jones Group International.

Sold: $3,600,000.

Listed: $3,850,000.

Days on market: 14.

Where: McLean.

Style: Traditional.

Bragging points: Seven bedrooms, eight baths, pool, limestone terrace, winetasting room.

Who: Sold by Matthew Schuyler, executive vice president and chief human-resources officer for Hilton Worldwide.

Some sales information provided by American City Business Leads and Diana Hart of TTR Sotheby International Realty. Sales listed were the most expensive of those with publicly available details.

This article appears in the February 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 10:56 AM/ET, 02/05/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Plus other over-the-top features. By Caroline Cunningham

When we browse the listings in search of the most expensive homes in Washington, we often find they're located in the same neighborhood: Tacky Town. Many share an aesthetic that appears to be mostly based on cramming in as many expensive, overly ornate furnishings as possible. That’s why we were pleasantly surprised to find that this 11,624-square-foot home in Kent, more castle than urban abode, keeps to a more traditional, relatively understated look. Tall ceilings, an abundance of white-trimmed windows, and wood floors throughout create a clean, airy atmosphere in the seven-bedroom, 11-bath house. But make no mistake, this home isn’t without its over-the-top elements: A giant deck overlooks a two-tiered pool with a waterfall, there's a roof deck with elegant French doors, the home’s backyard is Battery-Kemble Park—oh yeah, and the house has the largest basement we’ve ever seen. The basement is being marketed as a "ballroom," but all we see is "skating rink." We suggest packing roller blades if you intend to take a tour.

3101 Chain Bridge Rd., NW is listed at $9,997,000. Take a peek inside below, then head over to Washington Fine Properties for the video tour.

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Posted at 01:16 PM/ET, 02/04/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
This place takes opulence to a whole new level. By Caroline Cunningham

In the market for a place that could make Downton Abbey look underwhelming? We found it in this nine-bedroom, 15-bath Neoclassical revival mansion, parked just off Embassy Row. It comes with a massive entryway, complete with marble floors, statues of Greek goddesses to welcome guests, crystal chandeliers, and ornate railings lining a grand staircase. There's even a wet bar just beneath those stairs, so you—or your butler—can serve visitors a cocktail as soon as they enter.

In keeping with the style of the home, the sitting room fireplace is framed by a relief-plastered mantlepiece depicting a boy and his dog, and the fresco on the dining room ceiling features little naked cherubs who look down on you while you dine. The gourmet kitchen is replete with stainless steel appliances so high-end only a professional chef would need them—but if you're living here, we trust you have one of those. You may want to add a barista to the payroll, too, since there's a built-in espresso machine above the granite countertops. A wood-paneled elevator can take you up to the master bedroom, with a walk-in closet that would make Paris Hilton jealous, or down to a custom-built wine cellar. There's a pool out back, and a library with a hidden door that leads to a recliner-packed movie theater (we knew there had to be one somewhere around here).

2221 30th St., NW is listed at $16,500,000. Take a peek inside below, then head over to Washington Fine Properties for the video tour.

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Posted at 03:26 PM/ET, 01/28/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
It could be yours for $5.5 million. By Kay Wicker

Cue “O Fortuna,” because this mansion is epic. It’s three hours outside DC, but with nearly 30,000 square feet of living space, it could make a sweet weekend getaway for you and your two dozen closest friends. The main house—the one that looks like a Disney attraction—boasts 15,696 square feet and 11 bedrooms and bathrooms. Add in the four guest homes on the 273-acre property and you get a total of 25 bedrooms and 21 baths.

The estate dates back to 1848 and comes with lots of historic touches, including ornate crown molding, built-in bookcases, and nine fireplaces. You also get your own conference center with a “community kitchen,” an indoor racquetball court, a tennis court, and a swimming pool. The grounds are filled with manicured hedges, neoclassical-style sculptures, and stone pathways leading to the guest cottages.

The house is on the market for $5.49 million. Take a peek at the pictures below, then head to the Rob and Brent Group of TTR Sotheby International for complete details.

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Posted at 03:58 PM/ET, 01/15/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Two acres, ten bathrooms, and your own movie theater. By Kay Wicker

It’s 15 miles from the White House, but you can play POTUS at home in the wood-paneled library/office of this decked out McLean mansion. Whether the flags flanking the desk convey is unclear, but they’re probably worth negotiating for since they add to the room's House of Cards vibe.

What else can you find tucked away among the home’s cozy 14,200 square feet? Lots of chandeliers—they seem to be everywhere, including in the six bedrooms. There are also ten bathrooms with some of the most ornate vanities you’ve ever seen. It would be a crime not to wipe up the drips after washing your hands in those things, and given that there are nine security cameras on the property, it wouldn’t hurt to be on your best behavior.

The French Provincial style spread comes with a wine room, a gym, a movie theater, a sauna, a five-car garage, and plenty of privacy since it’s surrounded by forest and secured behind an iron gate.

This home is on the market for $4.9 million. Take a peek at the pictures below, then head to Washington Fine Properties for complete details.

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Posted at 02:05 PM/ET, 01/08/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()