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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 ()
The 11-bedroom, seven-bath mansion went for a record-breaking $3.9 million. By Caroline Cunningham

Logan Circle saw its highest residential sale in history on Monday when an 11-bed, seven-bath rowhouse sold for $3.9 million, as reported by the Washington Post. Built in 1885, the Victorian mansion was originally listed at $4.445 million. The 9,880-square-foot home, filled with exposed brick, original molding, eight fireplaces, an in-law suite with its own kitchen, and a spacious patio out back, sold in two months.

Take a peek inside 1332 Vermont Ave., NW below, then head to TTR Sotheby's for all the details.

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Posted at 01:30 PM/ET, 11/18/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
This 5,648-square-foot rowhouse is on sale for the first time in 75 years, for $4.1 million. By Kay Wicker

Though it's been renovated, this four-story home has maintained much of its historic grandeur. You'll find custom millwork, carved mantels, original crown molding, and stained-glass windows throughout. It has ten bedrooms, ten bathrooms, eight fireplaces, and a finished basement with a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment. There's plenty of space outside, too, in the form of an English garden and a large, brick-paved patio with a water fountain and built-in grill.

We're not the only ones who have noticed the rowhouse—earlier this year named it one of the top five homes that could stand in for the Underwood residence in the Netflix drama House of Cards.

Take a peek at the photos below, then head to the Kimberly & Daryl Team for complete details.

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Posted at 12:34 PM/ET, 11/12/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The Lauren's penthouse could end up being the Washington area’s priciest condo yet. By Kay Wicker
Rendering courtesy of The Lauren.

The Lauren’s eighth-floor penthouse is poised to be a real-estate game changer. Though still under construction—it’s not slated for completion until spring of 2016—this Bethesda property just hit the market. And if it sells at (or near) its current listing price of $10.5 million, the 7,300-square-foot condo might wind up with the dubious honor of being the area’s most expensive apartment to date.

Here’s a rundown of the luxe amenities: The three-bedroom, five-bath unit features a private elevator that will open directly into the living space, a 600-square-foot grand salon, a gourmet kitchen outfitted with custom cabinetry and 48-inch hooded gas ranges, a 100-bottle wine chiller, and a spa-style master bath with natural stone detailing, an oversize soaking tub, and a rain shower. Plus there's a private 1,500-square-foot terrace. If the place sells soon, the buyer will be able work with Miami architect Robert Swedroe and Washington interior designer Jeff Akseizer to select the condo’s custom finishes.

Beyond the spoils of this individual unit, the penthouse’s future residents will also gain access to the Lauren's 3,000-square-foot terrace, a posh garden-level wine lounge—which includes a large-screen television, separate bar, and catering kitchen—plus valet parking and a fitness center.

Take a peek at the renderings below. Prospective buyers must reach out to listing agent David DeSantis directly; head to TTR Sotheby’s for contact details.

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Posted at 09:50 AM/ET, 11/05/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
This elegant estate offers six bedrooms, a pool, and lots of luxe details. By Kay Wicker

Sophisticated meets traditional in this six-bedroom, eight-bath mansion, an elegant 1949 home off Massachusetts Avenue that was completely restored to include a three-story addition—set up with an au pair suite—and lots of luxe details. Among the highlights: French doors that open to a secluded garden terrace and swimming pool, dramatic checkerboard tiling in the foyer, a stately fireplace in the living room, and a majorly glam master bath that features a soaking tub, statement lighting, and marble-tiled walls. There’s parking for ten and a wine cellar, too.

2849 McGill Terrace, Northwest, is listed at $4.5 million. Take a peek below, then go to Zillow for the complete details.

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Posted at 10:21 AM/ET, 10/29/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()