Do you want to know what you get with the most expensive homes in the DC area? Here is a list of some of the most expensive houses for sale in the Washington area. Your choices range from $5.5 million for a Georgetown mansion to $25.9 million for a historic manor house in Chevy Chase, Md., and include homes with 4,090 square feet to a 33,000-square-foot mansion in Bethesda with 16 bathrooms.
3005 45th Street NW is the most expensive home on the market in DC now that 3030 Chain Bridge Road is under contract. This stone home built in 1927 is nestled on a beautiful half acre lot in Wesley Heights. You will love the exercise room and the 50 foot heated pool with a separate pool house or guest house. The master suite is with its spacious walk in dressing room is exactly what you would expect in a home with a price tag of $15,900,000. You will never be cold in this home with 5 fireplaces or hungry with the separate catering kitchen and wine room. The current owner of this home is Ronald Dozoretz, founder of FHC Health Systems, Inc.
9 Chevy Chase Circle is the most expensive home in Montgomery County at $25,900,000. Three stories high, the house is stone on the lower level, clapboard and shingles above.
As the MLS says “If these walls could talk!” This is a historic home in Chevy Chase, built in 1892. Presidents, political power brokers, foreign dignitaries and socialites have visited this home for the past 124 years. Guests entered the main hall of the house through a triple-arch portecochère centered on the façade and topped by three corresponding windows.
Architect Leon E. Dessez designed the home in 1891 at 9 Chevy Chase Circle for politician/Chevy Chase Land Co. founder Francis Newlands. “The Newlands live the life of the landed proprietors in their big house at Chevy Chase,” the Post noted in 1900.. The house was sold in 1909 to William S. Corby and his wife who undertook a 25-year remodeling project that would transform the property into an English-inspired manor. Arthur Heaton, the Washington architect who helped design and build the National Cathedral, would direct the renovation.
Corby chose a Native American name for his new home, Ishpiming, Chippewa for “high ground.” It was a curious choice for a home that would become the picture of 16th century England. Tudor-style walls of exposed half-timbers and plaster now encased the upper levels, with leaded glass in the gables’ casement windows. Parterres, box plants clipped into quaint bird shapes and a velvety lawn surrounded the house. The southern front overlooked a sunken water garden with lilies, bordered by monthly roses.
Many concerts and social events happened in the home’s grand hall, which once was outfitted with a pipe organ.
After the death of Corby and his wife, their two daughters inherited the house. The daughters willed the house to the National Cathedral School for Girls, which both had attended. Zoning, however, prevented the property from being anything other than a residence.
The house has since passed through a number of private owners. And in 1991, it was purchased by shopping center developer J.J. Cafaro. In a peculiar twist of history, Cafaro, like the home’s original owner, Francis Newlands, has found himself embroiled in controversy over the years. He pleaded guilty in 2002 to attempting to bribe former Congressman James Traficant, and recently faced charges of falsifying a campaign contribution.
If you have lots of guests or a large family, you too will enjoy the 7 bdrms and sumptuous entertaining space with ballroom. The carriage house provides additional living space! The nearly two acres include beautiful mature gardens with a fountain and a large pool.
Dessez also designed the mansion that is now the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory, and Ishpiming was reportedly in the running in the 1960s to become a permanent home for the vice president of the United States. Apparently, Maryland didn’t take kindly to the idea of the home being annexed into the District. Today, the Washington Post reports that there is interest from other countries in turning the lavish seven-bedroom mansion into an embassy.
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