Design & Home

This $10 Million Home Has a Ballroom

Plus other over-the-top features.

When we browse the listings in search of the most expensive homes in Washington, we often find they’re located in the same neighborhood: Tacky Town. Many share an aesthetic that appears to be mostly based on cramming in as many expensive, overly ornate furnishings as possible. That’s why we were pleasantly surprised to find that this 11,624-square-foot home in Kent, more castle than urban abode, keeps to a more traditional, relatively understated look. Tall ceilings, an abundance of white-trimmed windows, and wood floors throughout create a clean, airy atmosphere in the seven-bedroom, 11-bath house. But make no mistake, this home isn’t without its over-the-top elements: A giant deck overlooks a two-tiered pool with a waterfall, there’s a roof deck with elegant French doors, the home’s backyard is Battery-Kemble Park—oh yeah, and the house has the largest basement we’ve ever seen. The basement is being marketed as a “ballroom,” but all we see is “skating rink.” We suggest packing roller blades if you intend to take a tour.

3101 Chain Bridge Rd., NW is listed at $9,997,000. Take a peek inside below, then head over to Washington Fine Properties for the video tour.

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.