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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 ()
Our roundup of the year’s most luxurious listings. By Kay Wicker
This home was the most expensive property sold in Logan Circle—and it's at the bottom of our list.

Chateaus in Virginia, award-winning townhouses in Georgetown, and record-breaking penthouses in Bethesda—take a stroll down memory lane with a look at the year’s most opulent listings.

10. At $3.9 million, this home was the most expensive ever sold in Logan Circle.

9. This $6.5-million historic schoolhouse near H Street came with nine rentable lofts in addition to a two-story owner’s penthouse.

8. For $7.95 million, you can call this still-on-the-market Ritz Carlton penthouse home.

7. For buyers with traditional taste and $8.1 million to spare, this Georgian-style mansion on Embassy Row was just the ticket.

6. This $8.75-million estate in Potomac sits on 52 acres—yes, 52.

5. This Potomac Colonial’s $9.75-million price tag included 16 bathrooms.

4. If it goes for the list price of $10.5 million, this Bethesda penthouse will become the most expensive condo ever sold in Washington.

3. Contemporary interiors made this $10.5-million award-winning Georgetown townhouse a standout.

2. Built in 1797, this $11-million Federal-style home in Georgetown came with plenty of history.

1. And finally, our most opulent listing of the year: a nearly $13-million chateau in McLean, in which it’s impossible to imagine anyone ever feeling okay about wearing sweatpants.

Posted at 11:07 AM/ET, 12/30/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The seven-bedroom home has space for all eight of your cars. By Kay Wicker

This four-story mansion in Clifton, Virginia, originally listed for $9.8 million, boasts seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and an eight-car garage (because seven would be gauche). You probably won’t even need to use the gym, since moving between the sitting room, spacious living room, and two kitchens will likely burn enough calories. The chateau also includes a formal dining room, a library, an elevator, and a sauna, natch. Not convinced yet? There are also five fireplaces, an indoor pool, and a three-story-high foyer with a chandelier that could pose a serious dusting challenge.

Take a look at the pictures below, then head to Jobin Realty for complete details.

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Posted at 01:41 PM/ET, 12/18/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The nuts and bolts behind seven top-dollar transactions this month. Plus—a nearly $7 million sale in Wesley Heights.
This seven-bedroom house in Georgetown sold for $5 million. Photograph by David Pipkin.


Sold: $5,000,000.

Listed: $5,500,000.

Days on market: 42.

Where: Georgetown.

Style: Colonial.

Bragging points: Seven bedrooms, six baths, large yard, eat-in kitchen.

Who: Bought by Michael Rankin, managing partner of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

Sold: $6,833,333.

Listed: $7,495,000.

Days on market: 484.

Where: Wesley Heights.

Style: Colonial.

Bragging points: Seven bedrooms, 12 baths (including two in the master suite), four-car garage, swimming pool; on 1.4 acres.

Who: Bought by Mae Haney Grennan, chief counsel for the Franklin L. Haney Company, a real-estate investment firm.

Sold: $2,743,000.

Listed: $2,743,000.

Days on market: 1.

Where: Wesley Heights.

Style: Tudor.

Bragging points:Six bedrooms, seven baths; newly built custom home.

Who: Bought by Stephen and Randi Orava. Stephen is a partner at King & Spalding, where he chairs the international-trade practice.


Sold: $2,500,000.

Retired NBA player Sherman Douglas finally sold his Potomac home, which was on the market more than two years. Photograph by David Pipkin.

Listed: $2,745,000.

Days on market: 886.

Where: Potomac.

Style: Colonial.

Bragging points:Five bedrooms, nine baths, outdoor kitchen, gated entrance; on two acres.

Who: Sold by retired NBA point guard Sherman Douglas, who played for Miami, Boston, Milwaukee, New Jersey, and the LA Clippers.

Sold: $2,580,000.

Listed: $2,950,000.

Days on market: 642.

Where: Potomac.

Style: Colonial.

Bragging points: Four bedrooms, six baths, with an interior by acclaimed designer Barry Dixon. Featured in House Beautiful and Decor magazines.

Who: Sold by a trustee of Patrick McGeehin, a senior managing director at FTI Consulting.


Sold: $2,700,000.

The buyers of a McLean Colonial got $550,000 knocked off the list price. Photograph by David Pipkin.

Listed: $3,250,000.

Days on market: 113.

Where: McLean.

Style: Colonial.

Bragging points: Five bedrooms,seven baths,library, wine storage, billiard room.

Who: Bought by Mehdi Tehranchi, chairman and CEO of Notable Solutions, an information-technology company.

Sold: $2,259,000.

Listed: $2,299,900.

Days on market: 68.

Where: McLean.

Style: Colonial.

Bragging points: Six bedrooms, seven baths, sunroom, walk-out basement, two-story foyer, pool.

Who: Sold by neurologist Sheila Jahan.

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 December 2014 issue of Washingtonian.

Posted at 09:23 AM/ET, 12/17/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Local architect Robert Gurney designed this six-bedroom, six-bath modern marvel. By Kay Wicker

This Spring Valley home, designed by award-winning local architect Robert Gurney, is a rare contemporary find among the neighborhood’s more traditional styles. Outside, Gurney’s use of rustic stone and clean lines lend a timeless appeal that keeps the house from veering too far from the area’s classic aesthetic—but inside, it’s a modern marvel. You’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows, warm woods contrasted with metal and glass, and plenty of skylights. The home boasts six bedrooms and six baths, plus an indoor pool for year-round use. Other features include five fireplaces, tiered decks, and lots of outdoor entertaining space.

Take a look at the pictures below, then head to Sotheby’s Realty for complete details.

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Posted at 01:13 PM/ET, 12/10/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Take a sneak peek inside the still under-construction property. By Marisa M. Kashino

The DC Design House—an annual tradition that benefits Children's National Health System—doesn't open until spring, but we got an early look inside the under-construction custom home where this year's event will be held. This is the first time in the fundraiser's eight-year history that the Design House is located in Virginia, and only the second time that it's been in brand new construction.

The home is part of Mackall Farms, a 12-property development in McLean from Artisan Builders. True to the community's name, the house incorporates rustic, farmhouse-style features that Artisan principal Stephen Yeonas says are meant to make it look "like it's been there a while, like it didn't just pop up as a McMansion in the middle of nowhere."

The Design House has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and three half baths, spread over 9,000 square feet. Its various spaces, including hallways and foyers, will be divided among more than 20 interior designers to decorate. The public can tour the results from April 11 to May 10. After that, the home will hit the market for $4.5 million.

Here's a sneak peek inside.

A view of the foyer from the dining room.
The family room. Stone and other materials from a historic house that was torn down were incorporated into this home.
This living room mantel was salvaged from the historic house.
The master bath.
A back hallway on the first floor.
Master bedroom.
A rendering of the finished house.

Posted at 10:02 AM/ET, 12/04/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Nearly 9,000 square feet of luxury a few blocks from the Veepʼs house. By Kay Wicker

Youʼll find this stone Colonial on 30th Street, Northwest, not far from the Naval Observatory and the Vice Presidentʼs residence. The house boasts large, sunny living spaces, five bedrooms, an elegant formal dining room, and a spacious kitchen. Need a bathroom? There are eight to choose from, including two in the master suite. A finished basement, currently used as a contemporary home office, could also function as an au pair suite. The real draw, though, is the homeʼs backyard, which features a waterfall and a pool.

Take a look at the pictures below, then head to Sotheby's Realty for complete details.

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Posted at 01:49 PM/ET, 12/03/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Tons of amenities on two acres of property. By Kay Wicker

This eight-year-old property boasts five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, two kitchens, six fireplaces, a gym, media room, and a library spread over three floors. Outside, you’ll find an expansive entertaining space, a swimming pool, and yet another kitchen, all overlooking rolling hills and a pond. And if all that luxury just gets to be too much, the owners can retreat to a master suite that includes a sitting area, wet bar, and a huge bathroom with a soaking tub and its own TV.

Take a peek at the photos below, then head to Washington Fine Properties for complete details.

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Posted at 12:39 PM/ET, 11/19/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()