What Can $8 Million Buy You? 6 Bedrooms, 1 Golf Barn

Finance executive Russell Ramsey is selling his house, which also features antique Waterford-crystal chandeliers.
Photograph courtesy of the listing agent, Penny Yerks of TTR Sotheby's International Realty.
Photograph courtesy of the listing agent, Penny Yerks of TTR Sotheby's International Realty.

Finance executive Russell Ramsey—the R in the local investment bank FBR—and wife Norma have put their Great Falls estate on the market for $8 million. The listing for the 12,000-square-foot house reads like something out of an MTV Cribs episode: indoor golf barn, clay tennis court, pool, outdoor kitchen, five-car garage, and two-bedroom, three-bath guesthouse with elevator.

The Ramseys bought the property in 1992 for $1.3 million and are building a new house in McLean along the Potomac River.

Well-known local interior designer Barry Dixon helped the couple decorate the house over the years, adding touches such as antique Waterford-crystal chandeliers and walls lined with Italian fabric. “Upholstering a room in Fortuny—there’s nothing more elegant than that,” Dixon says. “It needed no staging.”

This article appears in the June 2013 issue of The Washingtonian.

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