Real Estate

This $19.5 Million Estate Is DC’s Most Expensive Listing Right Now

The Mediterranean-style villa formerly housed the Swedish ambassador.

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DC’s most expensive listing at the moment comes with some history: Until 2019, this $19.5 million, Mediterranean-style estate for sale in AU Park housed the Swedish ambassadors to the U.S. The property is for sale by the Swedish government, which purchased it in the 1950s. It was built in 1925 for David Lawrence, who founded the publication U.S. News World & Report.

The property sits on 6.7 acres—a huge swath of space to find in the city—and the 11,212-square-foot home has seven bedrooms, six full baths, and three powder rooms. As is expected of an ambassador’s residence, it also comes with areas built for entertaining, including a ballroom and a commercial-grade kitchen, as well as a formal library and a tennis court.

The home is listed by TJ Morton and Cara Pearlman of Compass.

Image via BrightMLS.
Image via BrightMLS.
Image via BrightMLS.

This story originally stated that the estate has three-and-a-half powder rooms. It’s been updated.

Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian
Home & Features Editor

Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She’s written for The Washington Post, Garden & Gun, Outside Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Del Ray.