A Peek Inside The DC Area's Most Expensive Homes

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Face it - everyone is curious about the most expensive homes in the area.  Even if your budget is considerably less than $30 million, or even $5 million, it is still fun to look at  the luxury homes on the market.  The DC metro area has thousands of homes in Maryland, Virginia and of course, Washington, DC, but only one is the most expensive in each jurisdiction.   This month's collection of the most expensive homes in the DC metro area include a stunning white contemporary overooking Battery Kemble Park, a romantic Italian palazzo in Darnestown MD, and a French provincial home to be built on ten acres that belonged to George Washington. 

Here is a peak at the most expensive homes in each area. 

WASHINGTON DC'S MOST EXPENSIVE HOME

In Washington DC you will need $11,950,000 to buy the most expensive home on the market right now.  This contemporary home at 4640 Cathedral Avenue is  located in Wesley Heights on a 38,372 square foot lot with views of trees and streams, overlooking a national park.  With over 8600 square feet, 9 foot ceilings and walls of glass, it is guaranteed to please!  

                   Expensive Homes in DC metro area

Designed by Wouter Boer Architects, developed by the Cliveden Group and built by Zantzinger Construction, this contemporary stunner has 6 bedroms and 9 baths, a 40' by 17' saltwater pool with infinity edge and a 1000 bottle capacity, glass walled wine cellar. A detailed automation package provides control over every element of home operation - lighting, audio, visual, security and window treatments.

Rich details include flush mounted, floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, exotic teak paneling, cabinetry and floating walls, imported marbles and stone, Waterworks hardware, SubZero, Miele, Wolf and Bosch appliances, and Level 5 plaster wall and ceiling finish.  An elevator services all four levels. The classically-proportioned, smooth stucco exterior is framed by tailored green roofs, limestone lintels and capstones. A dramatic entry foyer is dominated by a two-story floating steel and glass staircase. Radiant-heated limestone flooring and 10 ft+ ceilings continue throughout the main level. An open concept Living/Dining Room sets the stage for extravagant entertaining and one of the most incredible park views in the city.  Flanked by a more intimate Library with extensive built ins and a Family Room with two-sided fireplace and floor to ceiling windows on three sides.

Adjoining the family room is the fabulous gourmet kitchen with Calacatta Cavelano counters, top of the line appliances and custom teak cabinetry. A sliding glass wall opens the kitchen to a limestone terrace for seamless indoor/outdoor flow. An oversized pantry/catering kitchen and one of two home offices complete the Main Level.

The upper level includes four bedroom suites. The owner's suite features a private balcony, fabulous marble and limestone bath with soaking tub, dressing closet and secondary laundry facilities. A show stopping 3rd floor office with floor to ceiling glass on three sides accesses a large, private terrace providing expansive vistas.

The spectacular pool terrace level includes a large recreation space with 1000 bottle capacity, glass-walled wine room and full wet bar, an exercise room with walls of windows overlooking the pool and park, and a full spa with luxurious marble steam and dry sauna.

Two bedroom suites provide additional guest and/or staff space. No detail has been spared in presenting this sleek, fully custom, and exquisitely rendered residence.  This home is listed by Compass. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY'S MOST EXPENSIVE HOME

The most expensive home is Montgomery County Maryland in September 2022 is 13320 Signal Tree Lane, listed by TTR Sotheby's for $11,500,000,  If you want to create your own breathtaking Italian villa, this is the home for you!  Only 20 miles from the White House, this masterpiece with nearly 20,000 square feet of living space is nestled on nearly 10 acres of historic Civil War property in the lush Maryland countryside.   

              Montgomery County Most Expensive 922 11320 Signal Tree Lane 

Painstakingly created with handcrafted, reclaimed, and imported European materials and design—from the expansive cobblestone piazza, to the elegant salon hosting an authentic Bluthner grand piano—this romantic palazzo is the dream home for any lover of Italy.

As you approach the front of the property, driving over ancient, repurposed cobbles, you pass through massive wrought-iron gates. To your right is a second courtyard which houses both the two-car and a three car garage.  (The three car garage is temperature controlled with heat and air, plus hot and cold water.) 

Crossing the threshold of the entry hall, you are greeted by ancient terra cotta tile, set in the pattern of Cerasi Chapel of Santa Maria del Popolo church in Rome. Look closely at the tile--you will see the handprints of the artisans who crafted them centuries ago, preserved in the clay, creating a rich, inimitable patina. The stately two-story hall features stencils from the gracious homes lining the enchanting canals of Venice. To your right, the dining room has a coffered ceiling containing a hand-painted vista of fluffy white clouds in a clear blue sky.

To the left, the living room, featuring the first of four wood-burning fireplaces with a 500-year-old Italian volcanic stone mantle, and a flexible space containing the 8-foot concert piano -and perfect acoustics -to host performances for up to 120 guests. For the chef in the family, a warm, rustic-style kitchen -housing the most modern professional grade appliances -leads to an eight person breakfast area, and on to a screened in porch, complete with fireplace.

The two-story family room has a quaint, rebuilt antique woodstove. Opposite is the two-story library, evoking the famous libraries of Europe, with cozy reading room, and plentiful built-in bookcases and a wet bar with all the amenities. The adjacent office suite opens onto its own balcony and contains an assistant's room, plus powder room--with a centuries-old Italian fountain remade into a wash basin.

The master suite, with sitting area, fireplace, two walk-in closets, his/ hers bathrooms -featuring a lucky dolphin motif. As you head through "The Temple", your room for reflection and relaxation, you discover your indoor lap pool complete with marble Turkish bath. Moving to the second floor from one of your 3 staircases, you come upon the second-floor lounge, the studio, and four more bedrooms—the independent suite, the starry sky bedroom, the green bedroom, & the belfry bedroom -complete with 300 pound bronze bell. 

             

MOST EXPENSIVE HOME IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA

The most expensive home in Northern Virginia is also on a large piece of property.  Listed for $45,000,000 by Compass, 7983 E. Boulevard Drive in Alexandria will be 18,000 square feet on 10 acres. There are few chances to own 10 acres on the scarce residential waterfront property that lies between Old Town Alexandria and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.  Making it even more special is that this property was once owned by George Washington as part of his 1,800-acre River Farm, the northernmost of the five farms that comprised his sprawling 18th-century estate.

           Most expensive home Alexandria 922

RiverGate on the Potomac has been designed by the noted Harrison Design Associates Architects and is slated to be built by luxury home builder Horizon Builders.  The property will be a classical waterfront estate that takes advantage of this pastoral tree-lined property as it gently slopes down to the wide Potomac River. The magnificent French-provincial style residence is reminiscent of the grand estates built on the river a century ago, such as the storied Marwood in Maryland or Merrywood in Virginia.

The seven-bedroom, 12-bath homewill include tall ceilings and wall-to-wall windows, a conservatory, a dining room that easily converts to a ballroom, staff quarters, and extensive manicured grounds with a pool, guest house, yoga studio and sport court.

The property includes a large pond and a private dock and beach with spectacular views along the Potomac River toward a wooded Maryland shore. Imagine yourself living on this historic property.  Here on this placid shoreline, you’ve got the opportunity to blend your own history and traditions with those of our founding father.

If any of these homes are interesting to you, please call Lise Howe at 240-401-5577 or email at lise@lisehowe.com.  You will love living in the DC area in a luxury home like these or another home that will be even more perfect for you!

 

Comments (10)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lise Howe ,

Loved taking a peak into DC's most expensive homes. Buyer definitely should call you for representation!

Sep 04, 2022 07:23 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lise - nice to "see" you on the ActiveRain blog roll with this peek inside the most expensive homes on the market for sale in the Washington DC area.  Lookie-loo home shopping remains a guilty pleasure for many.   However, when the time to make a move becomes a reality your local real estate knowledge and expertise will be quite helpful for those you represent.  

Sep 04, 2022 07:28 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Thank you for giving us a glimpse of the rich and possibly formerly famous. Lovely homes.

Sep 04, 2022 07:57 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - thanks for the kind words.  How has your summer been and your glorious grandchildren.  I have my two here for the Labor Day weekend.  It has been great fun - the Renaissance Festival yesterday, a picnic at our club today and baseball tomorrow with the Orioles!  I will need a vacation to recover from my holiday! 

Sep 04, 2022 08:08 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Michael Jacobs You are so very right about house hunting guilty pleasures!  Have a great weekend 

Sep 04, 2022 08:09 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Lee Ann - thanks for the kind words - I love looking at pictures of luxury homes - and showing them is even more fun! 

Sep 04, 2022 08:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lise... so do I have to pick just one? These are all stunning and I'm sure even more so in real life.

Sep 04, 2022 08:42 AM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Very interesting places on your blog. So unique. Have a great Sunday...

Sep 04, 2022 09:01 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lisa and what a home and thanks for sharing it with us here in the Rain.  Not sure if I would want something that big. lol

Sep 04, 2022 09:46 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Lise - we were in Washington DC this weekend for a wedding.  It was at the historic President Lincoln's Cottage.

Sep 05, 2022 06:32 AM