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This elegant brick estate offers a half-acre of land and more than 7,200 square feet of living space. By Kay Wicker

Built in the late 1920s, this Embassy Row Georgian mansion combines a dignified exterior with a tasteful, classical interior, including such details as decorative moldings and wall paneling, curving staircases, French doors, arched entrances, and elaborately carved fireplace mantels and display shelving. A sunny conservatory offers walls of bright picture windows, and thereʼs both a cozy study and a library lined with built-in bookcases. Outside, a fenced-in yard and plenty of greenery lends privacy to a swimming pool, balcony, and terrace on the homeʼs manicured half-acre plot.

The six-bed, seven-bath mansion is listed at $8.1 million. Take a peek below, then go to Long and Foster for the complete details.

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Posted at 02:18 PM/ET, 10/23/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
It has 16 bathrooms and gilded crown molding. By Kay Wicker

Grandeur and luxury are in no short supply at this Potomac mansion. Just the numbers alone are impressive: The Montgomery County Colonial has nine bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, two kitchens, and three dining rooms spread across more than 16,700 square feet. It’s on nearly four acres of land. There are eight fireplaces. The master suite involves not only a sitting room and balcony, but also enormous his-and-hers bathrooms and dressing closets. There’s a finished basement large and fancy enough to rival most people’s entire homes, including a wine cellar and tasting room, another kitchen, a home theater, and a sauna. Outside, there’s a decadent fountain, a terraced patio, and a massive pool. And then there's the laundry list of ultra-extravagant decorative detailing—magnificent spiraling staircases, inlaid-marble floors, carved fireplace mantels, huge palladian windows, and opulent gilded crown moldings.

The home is now listed at $9.75 million, down from the original price of $15 million. Take a peek inside below, then check out Long & Foster for the complete details.

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Posted at 01:37 PM/ET, 10/15/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The Brightwood home was custom-built to LEED standards in 2011. By Michelle Thomas

Open and airy, this five-bedroom home just off upper 16th Street, Northwest, was custom-built by HRY Design in 2011 to fuse organic warmth—via rich walnut floors and lots of wood accenting—with contemporary design style features, such as white marble, sleek white, glass-walled balconies, and stainless steel stair rails. Walls of windows allow natural light to flood each of the four levels, and upstairs, a wall of planked walnut and marble fireplace add a chic vibe to the large master suite. Other highlights? The open rainfall shower and soaking tub in the spa-like master bath, and a duo of wet bars, one each on the lower and top floors.

The property is listed at $1.499 million. Take a look inside below, then go to Long & Foster for the complete tour.

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Posted at 01:11 PM/ET, 10/10/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
It has a sauna and a wine cellar that holds more than 600 bottles. By Michelle Thomas

Ringing in with more than 9,500 square feet of living space on nearly three acres of land, this custom-built McLean mansion is loaded with luxurious architectural details, including double-height ceilings in the living room, intricate moldings and medallions, Palladian windows, and elegant mantels on its eight fireplaces. The kitchen and bathrooms might be a touch outdated, but there are other amenities to make up for it: Check out the mahogany-paneled library, private sauna, and wine cellar with room for more than 600 bottles.

The property is listed at $3.499. Take a look below, then go to Long & Foster Real Estate for more.

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Posted at 02:56 PM/ET, 10/08/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Historic beauty meets tons of opulent features. By Michelle Thomas

Love the grand opulence of old-city Victorians? This Dupont townhome, at 17th and Q streets, combines the best of the era's ornate detailing with some majorly luxe upgrades. Designed by turn-of-the-century architect T.F. Schneider, the large 3,500-square-foot rowhouse retains many of its original historic details—such as the intricate moldings and those gorgeous fireplace mantels—with modern upgrades. Some of the highlights: ebony floors, a marble and white kitchen (outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances), and an elevator, plus a stunning top-floor master suite that features white exposed brick, built-in shelving, vaulted ceilings, and a second kitchen—meant for catering the roof deck, naturally.

The home is listed at $2.895 million. Take a look inside below, then go to Evers & Company Real Estate for the complete details.

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Posted at 04:30 PM/ET, 10/01/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
This Aspen-inspired estate may not have its own lifts—but it does have an indoor spa. By Michelle Thomas

Between the beamed, vaulted ceilings, the rugged stonework, and the rustic wood detailing, you'd really have to dig the luxe ski lodge look to fall for this Potomac estate. "Aspen-style" aesthetic aside, the place is enormous: More than 11,200 square feet of living space includes six bedrooms, 11 baths, multiple living rooms, an office, a bar, an elevator, a fitness center, theater, and an indoor spa. There's also four acres of manicured grounds outfitted with a swimming pool, a huge patio grilling area, and a pond. The home brings vacation living to a whole new level—the only thing missing is the ski lifts.

It's listed at $6.4 million. Take a glimpse below, then go to Taylor Properties for more.

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Posted at 03:43 PM/ET, 09/25/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
This ten-bedroom mansion was the site of the design-focused fundraiser in 2010. By Michelle Thomas

This brick Georgian mansion in Chevy Chase, built in 1895, boasts a storied history—it hosted an inaugural party for Harry S. Truman and was home to two ambassadors—but more recent accolades include a 2010 turn as the DC Design House, a fundraiser featuring interioer reworks from dozens of professional designers. The 2010 showhome spotlighted the work of such pros as Nestor Santa-Cruz, Kelley Proxmire, and Victoria Sanchez

Though most of the designer-selected furnishings and decor are long gone from the 11,800-square-foot home, there are still plenty of gorgeous architectural and design elements to marvel at—including many of the dramatic Farrow & Ball-supplied wallpapers and paints (don't miss the ceilings, some of which are done in high-gloss paints and silver leaf), a gorgeous sun-filled solarium, a luxe dressing room, coffered ceilings and gilded trims, and stunning decorative moldings in the foyer and fanciful ballroom-turned-conservatory-turned-living-room.

The ten-bedroom, ten-bath mansion is listed at $5.2 million. Look inside below, then go to Long & Foster for the complete details and tour.

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Posted at 03:23 PM/ET, 09/17/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
So large that even the guest house counts 3,500 square feet of living space. By Michelle Thomas

How you know your home is on a different level of luxe: Its nickname involves the word "castle." This home, dubbed Castle Aziza, is indeed a pretty grand place, with more than 15,000 square feet, 9 bedrooms, and 14 baths. This villa-style mansion in Great Falls's Putnam Farm Estates includes such majorly fancy features as 12-foot carved-wood-and-glass doors, five fireplaces, a looming butterfly staircase in the double-height foyer, and extravagant decorative details such as opulent crown moldings and gold-leafed ceilings. Take a gander at the mirrored dressing room, which is so insanely enormous it takes up its own level. When you have visitors, send 'em to the attached three-bedroom guest quarters, which alone measure more than 3,500 square feet. There's an elevator to reach each of the home's four levels— and, of course, a crystal chandelier in the fitness room. What else would you expect from a castle?

The home is listed at $5.5 million. Take a look inside below, then go to Keller Williams for the details and full tour.

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Posted at 11:30 AM/ET, 09/11/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Contemporary digs in a historic setting. By Michelle Thomas

Located just a few steps from the West End's Washington Circle, this townhouse in the historic Schneider Triangle is one of 21 homes built around the turn of the century. But that doesn't mean the place stays completely true to its historic roots—in 2005, the four-story interior was given a dramatic renovation by one of the area's premier architects, Mark McInturff. The overhaul created a three-story atrium in the center, an open floor plan on the main level, a gourmet kitchen, and a double second-floor living room. The result: a stunningly modern design, carved out of classic DC bones.

The three-bedroom is listed at $1.875 million. Take a peek below, then go to TTR Sotheby's for the full scoop.

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Posted at 02:00 PM/ET, 09/05/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
This massive manor is nestled on more than two acres and surrounded by park land. By Michelle Thomas

Ever daydreamed of living in a chateau? This massive McLean mansion offers up more than 15,000 square feet of extravagant living space inspired by France’s famed Château de Chambord. It aims to replicate the classical architecture of a French palace, including such features as marble floors, decorative moldings and medallions, rustic stonework, and exposed beams. In case the enormous main kitchen isn’t enough cooking space, the home also comes with an equally lavish gourmet indoor-outdoor kitchen that opens to the back patio, which is decked out with a pool and spa. Other luxe highlights? A wine grotto, fitness center, billiards room, and an elevator.

This five-bedroom, nine-bath home is listed at $12.9 million. Take a look inside below, then go to TTR Sotheby’s for the full tour.

Find Michelle Thomas on Twitter at @michellethomas4.

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Posted at 03:00 PM/ET, 09/03/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()