With these big houses, Redskins players and executives had better deliver at least eight wins this year to ensure that the big money keeps coming—though owner Dan Snyder’s Potomac estate is probably secure no matter how many mistakes he makes.
Donovan McNabb, Great Falls Cost (2009): $2.2 million Assessed value: $2.2 million The new Redskins quarterback set up house in this five-bedroom, nine-bath custom home this spring. Built in 2006, the 10,000-square-foot house has a theater, elevator, library, wet bar, and three-car garage. It was on the market more than a year.
Sonny Jurgensen, McLean Cost (2004): $1.3 million Assessed value: $1.2 million Although the hall-of-fame quarterback and longtime play-by-play announcer spends most of his time in a $2-million home in Naples, Florida, he also owns this four-bedroom, five-bath townhouse—part of Evans Farm, a gated development of high-end houses, townhouses, and condos.Chris Cooley, Leesburg (pictured above) Cost (2007): $2.9 million Assessed value: $1.8 million Fans of Cooley’s popular blog, The Cooley Zone, are granted frequent glimpses into his Loudoun County mansion—a stone house at the end of a long drive that has a pool with waterfall, a hot tub, and a home theater. “I haven’t been to the basement in months,” Cooley told The Washingtonian last year. Dan Snyder, Potomac Cost (2001): $8.6 million Assessed value: $10.5 million Ever wonder what profits from those expensive club seats go toward? After spending nearly $9 million in 2001 on this chateau-style mansion—once the home of Queen Noor of Jordan—Snyder hired Manhattan architect John Ike to turn it into a fantasy playland with a 12-car garage, 18-seat movie theater (with popcorn stand), and ballroom. The master-bedroom suite takes up the entire top floor and measures 3,000 square feet—bigger than the average new home.Santana Moss, Leesburg Cost (2005): $789,000 Assessed value: $486,000 Since paying nearly $800,000 for this house at the height of the market in 2005, Moss has seen its value drop by almost 40 percent. The 4,000-square-foot home is part of Lansdowne on the Potomac, a development with a golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, and an outdoor amphitheater.
DeAngelo Hall, Leesburg Cost (2009): $1 million Assessed value: $962,000 After signing a $55-million, six-year deal with the team in February 2009, Hall paid $1 million for this red-brick house. Built in 2008, it sits on more than three acres and has five bedrooms, seven baths, and a four-car garage.
This article first appeared in the December 2010 issue of The Washingtonian.