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Where the most expensive homes sold in the Washington area in 2017

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President Trump was good for Washington’s luxury real estate market in 2017. Of the top 10 sales last year, three were purchased by Trump administration officials. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s $5.6 million Kalorama home just missed the list.

Even without the Trump bump, sales of Washington’s high-end homes flourished last year, despite prices accelerating. Six of the top 10 sales went for more than $10 million, setting the new bar for ultra-luxury real estate at north of $6 million.

“For the longest time, you could say that D.C. properties were undervalued, comparatively, to what’s going on in New York, London,” said Robert Hryniewicki of HRL Partners at Washington Fine Properties. “If you look at other capital cities around the world, usually there is a massive premium that people have to pay to be in those capitals. That wasn’t the case with Washington.”

NVR founder Dwight Schar, who named his McLean estate Wind Falls, received a windfall when he sold it for $35 million, the most expensive residential transaction in the Washington region ever. The sale topped our annual list of most expensive homes sold, compiled with the help of Bright MLS and Black Knight.

For the first time, a Georgetown sale failed to crack the top 10. Two years ago, the tony neighborhood was the most sought-after location in the luxury market.

“When buyers come into the marketplace, Georgetown is the first place they go to, because it has cachet,” Hryniewicki said. “If you’re coming from a different part of the country, one of the neighborhoods that’s got national recognition is Georgetown. . . . What I think happened in 2017, there wasn’t quality product available.”

Instead, buyers turned to Massachusetts Avenue Heights. Four of the top 10 sales were in that exclusive enclave. Unlike Georgetown, the houses aren’t densely packed together. They are also better designed for formal entertaining.

“Those houses are built to be diplomatic residences with a piano nobile floor plan,” said Russell Firestone of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. “The entrance level is formal, and the residence level is on the next floor. They are built to be what the buyers have bought them for.”

Despite its exclusion from this year’s list, Georgetown hasn’t fallen far. A home on P Street recently sold for just under $7.4 million.


750 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va. (Photo by Sean Shanahan)

$35 million (list price $35 million)

750 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 6/11
Approximate square footage: 11,592
Lot size: 10 acres
Listing agent: Mark Lowham, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

The appropriately named Wind Falls was built in 2002 by Dwight Schar, founder of Reston-based home builder NVR and part owner of the Washington Redskins. The Potomac riverfront mansion hosted several political fundraisers, including one for President George W. Bush. The sale was the largest residential transaction ever in the Washington region, besting the sale of Evermay in 2011 for $22 million, the former Textile Museum to Jeff Bezos in 2016 for $23 million, and Merrywood to Steve Case in 2005 for $24.5 million. Schar sold his Virginia home for half of what he paid for his Palm Beach house in 2004. That $70 million sale was the highest ever paid for a residential property in the United States at the time.


2817 Woodland Dr. NW, Washington, D.C. (Photo by HomeVisit)

$14 million (list price $14 million)

2817 Woodland Dr. NW, Washington

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 7/10
Approximate square footage: 10,700
Lot size: 0.38 acre
Listing agents: Mark McFadden, Robert Hryniewicki, Adam Rackliffe and Christopher Leary, Washington Fine Properties

The former home of Mandell Ourisman, the late chairman of Ourisman Automotive Group, was bought by the Kingdom of Morocco. Ourisman had owned the home since 1994. Previous owners include the Red Cross and the Fellowship Foundation, the organization that sponsors the National Prayer Breakfast. The first floor has a grand entry hall. The public rooms – living and dining room, kitchen and library – are on the second floor. The living room is nearly ballroom-size, with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. The outdoor space has been carved into rooms by stone walls, ornate ironwork, plantings and hardscape.


Rock Creek Dr. NW, Washington, D.C. (Photo by HomeVisit)

$12.6 million (list price $12.6 million)

Rock Creek Dr. NW, Washington

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 9/14
Approximate square footage: 15,902
Lot size: 0.77 acre
Listing agent: Nelson Marban, Washington Fine Properties

The Massachusetts Avenue Heights mansion with its stone and stucco exterior was built in 2001. The home has a 60-foot entrance hall, eight fireplaces, an elevator, an indoor pool, sauna, wine cellar, home theater and four-car garage. The gated property overlooks Rock Creek Park. This is one of four homes owned by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He also owns a Bel Air estate ($26.5 million), Southhampton house ($13.78 million) and an Upper East Side duplex co-op ($10.5 million).


801 Turkey Run Rd., McLean, Va. (Photo by Sean Shanahan)

$12.5 million (list price $13 million)

801 Turkey Run Rd., McLean

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 5/11
Approximate square footage: 15,295
Lot size: two acres
Listing agents: Michael Anastasia, Deborah Shapiro and Stephanie White, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Known as Belle Demeure, the 2013 manor was inspired by Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley. The house has tree branch details in the formal rooms as a nod to the surrounding woodlands, matching limestone fireplaces in the dining and living rooms, an elevator, exercise room, card room, billiard room, wet bar and a glass-enclosed wine cellar. The automated house runs off iPads that have been built into the walls. The outdoor entertaining spaces include a dining terrace, outdoor kitchen, granite bar, fireplace and pool area. The property includes a two-car and three-car garage.


9641 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Va. (Photo by Bradley Caricofe)

$12 million (list price $14 million)

9641 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 8/10
Approximate square footage: 24,000
Lot size: 5.6 acres
Listing agent: Sepideah Farvar, Keller Williams

Le Chateau de Lumiere, an homage to Versailles and the mansions of Newport, R.I., set a record for the most expensive home ever sold in Great Falls. The rotunda is modeled after the one in the Library of Congress’s Jefferson Building. The main level includes formal living and dining rooms, a ballroom, a mahogany-paneled office, a family room and a main kitchen with a catering kitchen adjacent to it. The home has three master suites, a theater with a 200-inch screen, a basketball court, a workout room, a massage room and an elevator. Fire bowls surround the swimming pool.


Woodland Dr. NW, Washington, D.C. (Photo by HomeVisit)

$10.75 million (list price $12 million)

Woodland Dr. NW, Washington

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 7/8
Approximate square footage: 10,300
Lot size: 1 acre
Listing agent: Chuck Holzwarth, Washington Fine Properties

The 1927 limestone Beaux Arts estate in the Massachusetts Avenue Heights neighborhood was the former home of Washington philanthropist Adrienne Arsht. When she bought the home in 2010 for $8.2 million, it was the most expensive house sold in the District that year. The house has high ceilings, ornate plaster moldings, herringbone oak floors and marble terraces with views of Rock Creek Park. It also has a swimming pool, home theater, caterer’s kitchen and staff quarters. The new owner is Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who also has homes in Southampton and Palm Beach.


8540 Mill Reef Rd., Upperville, Va. (Photo by HomeVisit)

$9 million (list price $9.9 million)

8540 Mill Reef Rd., Upperville

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4/5
Approximate square footage: 4,500

Lot size: 440 acres

Listing agent: Kathryn Harrell, Washington Fine Properties

Once part of Oak Spring Farms, the sprawling estate of Paul and Bunny Mellon, this property was Rokeby Stables, where Mellon successfully bred thoroughbred racehorses. The two-time Eclipse Award winner trained Kentucky Derby champion Sea Hero here. The property includes a private airstrip, mountain views, rolling pastures, paddocks, a 24-stall stable, eight bars and storage buildings, nine cottages, greenhouses and a main stone residence designed by New York architect H. Page Cross that has been used as the farm operations office.


2660 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. (Courtesy of JBG Smith)

$8.4 million (list price $8.4 million)

2660 Connecticut Ave. NW, PH1, Washington

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3/4
Approximate square footage: 4,500
Lot size: N/A
Listing agent: Miriam Fernandez, McWilliams/Ballard

The penthouse in the historic Wardman Tower in the Woodley Park neighborhood is the most expensive condo ever sold in the District. It is one of 32 residences in the newly renovated building by JBG Smith. The home features herringbone white oak floors, marble bathrooms, quartz countertops and palladium windows. It boasts a 500-square-foot rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city. Amenities include concierge services and a fitness center. Wardman Tower was built in 1928 on the site of Harry Wardman’s own home. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.


Belmont Rd. NW, Washington, D.C. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

$8.1 million (Not listed)

Belmont Rd. NW, Washington

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 8/10
Approximate square footage: 8,200
Lot size: 0.25 acre
Listing agent: No broker

The 1921 red-brick Tudor in the Kalorama neighborhood of Northwest Washington was the former home of Joe Lockhart, who served as press secretary under President Bill Clinton, and his wife, Giovanna Gray, who works for Glamour magazine. They bought the home in 2014 for $5.3 million. The home, which underwent a renovation in 2011, has multiple living spaces and three fireplaces. The property features a courtyard, a terrace, formal gardens and a two-car garage. The new owner, former president Barack Obama, leased the home before purchasing it. He is the sixth former president to live in the neighborhood. The Obamas also have a Chicago home they bought in 2005 for $1.65 million.


Benton Pl. NW, Washington, D.C. (Photo by Greg Powers)

$7.8 million (list price $8 million)

Benton Pl. NW, Washington

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 8/13
Approximate square footage: 11,478
Lot size: 0.5 acre
Listing agents: Stewart Coleman, Douglas Blocker and Edward Poutier, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

This home was two residences until 2001. The previous owner, former acting prime minister of Pakistan Mooen A. Qureshi, combined the two properties into one. The house has been on and off the market for years. In 2009, it was listed at $18.5 million. Built in 1927, the Mediterranean-style home in the Massachusetts Avenue Heights neighborhood has S-shaped stairs in the marble foyer, spacious entertaining spaces, a wood-paneled library, two kitchens, an elevator, three fireplaces, a wine cellar and an exercise room. The property includes an outdoor pool. The new owner is White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, who also has a home in Alpine, N.J., that she and her husband bought for $6 million in 2007.


2817 Woodland Dr. NW, Washington, D.C. (Photo by HomeVisit)

$14 million (list price $14 million)

2817 Woodland Dr. NW, Washington

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 7/10
Approximate square footage: 10,700
Lot size: 0.38 acre
Listing agents: Mark McFadden, Robert Hryniewicki, Adam Rackliffe and Christopher Leary, Washington Fine Properties

The former home of Mandell Ourisman, the late chairman of Ourisman Automotive Group, was bought by the Kingdom of Morocco. Ourisman had owned the home since 1994. Previous owners include the Red Cross and the Fellowship Foundation, the organization that sponsors the National Prayer Breakfast. The first floor has a grand entry hall. The public rooms – living and dining room, kitchen and library – are on the second floor. The living room is nearly ballroom-size, with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. The outdoor space has been carved into rooms by stone walls, ornate ironwork, plantings and hardscape.


Rock Creek Dr. NW, Washington, D.C. (Photo by HomeVisit)

$12.6 million (list price $12.6 million)

Rock Creek Dr. NW, Washington

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 9/14
Approximate square footage: 15,902
Lot size: 0.77 acre
Listing agent: Nelson Marban, Washington Fine Properties

The Massachusetts Avenue Heights mansion with its stone and stucco exterior was built in 2001. The home has a 60-foot entrance hall, eight fireplaces, an elevator, an indoor pool, sauna, wine cellar, home theater and four-car garage. The gated property overlooks Rock Creek Park. This is one of four homes owned by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He also owns a Bel Air estate ($26.5 million), Southhampton house ($13.78 million) and an Upper East Side duplex co-op ($10.5 million).


Woodland Dr. NW, Washington, D.C. (Photo by HomeVisit)

$10.75 million (list price $12 million)

Woodland Dr. NW, Washington

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 7/8
Approximate square footage: 10,300
Lot size: 1 acre
Listing agent: Chuck Holzwarth, Washington Fine Properties

The 1927 limestone Beaux Arts estate in the Massachusetts Avenue Heights neighborhood was the former home of Washington philanthropist Adrienne Arsht. When she bought the home in 2010 for $8.2 million, it was the most expensive house sold in the District that year. The house has high ceilings, ornate plaster moldings, herringbone oak floors and marble terraces with views of Rock Creek Park. It also has a swimming pool, home theater, caterer’s kitchen and staff quarters. The new owner is Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who also has homes in Southampton and Palm Beach.


2660 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. (Courtesy of JBG Smith)

$8.4 million (list price $8.4 million)

2660 Connecticut Ave. NW, PH1, Washington

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3/4
Approximate square footage: 4,500
Lot size: N/A
Listing agent: Miriam Fernandez, McWilliams/Ballard

The penthouse in the historic Wardman Tower in the Woodley Park neighborhood is the most expensive condo ever sold in the District. It is one of 32 residences in the newly renovated building by JBG Smith. The home features herringbone white oak floors, marble bathrooms, quartz countertops and palladium windows. It boasts a 500-square-foot rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city. Amenities include concierge services and a fitness center. Wardman Tower was built in 1928 on the site of Harry Wardman’s own home. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.


Belmont Rd. NW, Washington, D.C. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

$8.1 million (Not listed)

Belmont Rd. NW, Washington

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 8/10
Approximate square footage: 8,200
Lot size: 0.25 acre
Listing agent: No broker

The 1921 red-brick Tudor in the Kalorama neighborhood of Northwest Washington was the former home of Joe Lockhart, who served as press secretary under President Bill Clinton, and his wife, Giovanna Gray, who works for Glamour magazine. They bought the home in 2014 for $5.3 million. The home, which underwent a renovation in 2011, has multiple living spaces and three fireplaces. The property features a courtyard, a terrace, formal gardens and a two-car garage. The new owner, former president Barack Obama, leased the home before purchasing it. He is the sixth former president to live in the neighborhood. The Obamas also have a Chicago home they bought in 2005 for $1.65 million.


9005 Durham Dr., Potomac, Md. (Photo by HomeVisit)

$6.1 million (list price $8.995 million)

9005 Durham Dr., Potomac

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 10/15
Approximate square footage: 33,000
Lot size: 6.3 acre
Listing agent: Marc Fleisher, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Built by David Niroo and designed by Haleh Design, the 2013 French Provincial home in the Bradley Farms neighborhood has a brick and limestone exterior. The great room has 20-foot ceilings. The two-story library is clad in cherry and tiger wood and has a coffered ceiling. The house has two master suites and five fireplaces. The bathrooms feature exotic marbles and granites. The lower level includes a home theater and exercise room. The home has two elevators, one for each wing.


4 Winchester Rd., Annapolis, Md. (Photo by Michelle Sheiko)

$6.045 million (list price $9.5 million)

4 Winchester Rd., Annapolis

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 6/6
Approximate square footage: 6,500
Lot size: 20 acres
Listing agents: Anne Harrington and Kevin Cooke, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Severn Side Farm, a historic home with waterfront access, was the second-most expensive sale on the Severn River since 2000. The main house, which dates to the antebellum period, has been expanded but much of the original flooring, windows and walls remain. The property includes a carriage house, four-car garage, swimming pool, tennis court and smokehouse. It has more than 880 feet of waterfront on the Severn River. Nearly every room in the main house offers a view of the water.


8301 River Rd., Bethesda, Md. (Photo by Sean Shanahan)

$5.1 million (list price $5.1 million)

8301 River Rd., Bethesda

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 7/9
Approximate square footage: 8,377
Lot size: 4.39 acres
Listing agent: David DeSantis, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

The 1991 brick country manor has double entry doors that open to a three-story foyer with marble floors, spiral stairs and a domed ceiling with clerestory windows that flood the space with natural light. Formal living and dining rooms flank the foyer, each with a wood-burning fireplace. A sunken glass hall has skylights, marble flooring and arched windows. The second-floor master suite has a sitting room and his-and-her dressing rooms. The lower level has a wet bar, wine cellar, au-pair suite and indoor lap pool. The gated property includes a outdoor swimming pool, pool house, tennis court and four-car garage.


7503 Fairfax Rd., Bethesda, Md. (Photo by Carl Bruce/Struxture Photography)

$5 million (list price $5.25 million)

703 Fairfax Rd., Bethesda

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 5/9
Approximate square footage: 8,459
Lot size: 0.34 acre
Listing agent: Jordan Stuart, Compass

The home in the Edgemoor community was updated in 2012. The master suite has his-and-hers dressing rooms and bathrooms. The remaining four bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. The property includes a loggia with a gas fireplace, heated swimming pool and spa.


225 Wardour Dr., Annapolis, Md. (Photo by Sean Shanahan)

$5 million (Not listed)

225 Wardour Dr., Annapolis

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 6/7
Approximate square footage: 10,000
Lot size: 1.59 acres
Listing agent: No broker.

The grand French manor was built on the banks of the Severn River and constructed with imported materials. The home has expansive public spaces, a master suite with a sitting room, three fireplaces and a country-style wine cellar. A covered terrace overlooks the pool. The property comes with a three-car garage and a deep-water dock that can accomodate multiple boats.


750 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va. (Photo by Sean Shanahan)

$35 million (List price $35 million)

750 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 6/11
Approximate square footage: 11,592
Lot size: 10 acres
Listing agent: Mark Lowham, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

The appropriately named Wind Falls was built in 2002 by Dwight Schar, founder of Reston-based home builder NVR and part owner of the Washington Redskins. The Potomac riverfront mansion hosted several political fundraisers, including one for President George W. Bush. The sale was the largest residential transaction ever in the Washington region, besting the sale of Evermay in 2011 for $22 million, the former Textile Museum to Jeff Bezos in 2016 for $23 million, and Merrywood to Steve Case in 2005 for $24.5 million. Schar sold his Virginia home for half of what he paid for his Palm Beach house in 2004. That $70 million sale was the highest ever paid for a residential property in the United States at the time.


801 Turkey Run Rd., McLean, Va. (Photo by Sean Shanahan)

$12.5 million (list price $13 million)

801 Turkey Run Rd., McLean

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 5/11
Approximate square footage: 15,295
Lot size: two acres
Listing agents: Michael Anastasia, Deborah Shapiro and Stephanie White, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Known as Belle Demeure, the 2013 manor was inspired by Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley. The house has tree branch details in the formal rooms as a nod to the surrounding woodlands, matching limestone fireplaces in the dining and living rooms, an elevator, exercise room, card room, billiard room, wet bar and a glass-enclosed wine cellar. The automated house runs off iPads that have been built into the walls. The outdoor entertaining spaces include a dining terrace, outdoor kitchen, granite bar, fireplace and pool area. The property includes a two-car and three-car garage.


9641 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Va. (Photo by Bradley Caricofe)

$12 million (list price $14 million)

9641 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 8/10
Approximate square footage: 24,000
Lot size: 5.6 acres
Listing agent: Sepideah Farvar, Keller Williams

Le Chateau de Lumiere, an homage to Versailles and the mansions of Newport, R.I., set a record for the most expensive home ever sold in Great Falls. The rotunda is modeled after the one in the Library of Congress’s Jefferson Building. The main level includes formal living and dining rooms, a ballroom, a mahogany-paneled office, a family room and a main kitchen with a catering kitchen adjacent to it. The home has three master suites, a theater with a 200-inch screen, a basketball court, a workout room, a massage room and an elevator. Fire bowls surround the swimming pool.


8540 Mill Reef Rd., Upperville, Va. (Photo by HomeVisit)

$9 million (list price $9.9 million)

8540 Mill Reef Rd., Upperville

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4/5
Approximate square footage: 4,500

Lot size: 440 acres

Listing agent: Kathryn Harrell, Washington Fine Properties

Once part of Oak Spring Farms, the sprawling estate of Paul and Bunny Mellon, this property was Rokeby Stables, where Mellon successfully bred thoroughbred racehorses. The two-time Eclipse Award winner trained Kentucky Derby champion Sea Hero here. The property includes a private airstrip, mountain views, rolling pastures, paddocks, a 24-stall stable, eight bars and storage buildings, nine cottages, greenhouses and a main stone residence designed by New York architect H. Page Cross that has been used as the farm operations office.


1134 Basil Rd., McLean, Va. (Photo by HomeVisit)

$5.5 million (list price $5.75 million)

1134 Basil Rd., McLean

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 6/11
Approximate square footage: 16,480

Lot size: 0.5 acre

Listing agent: Fouad Talout, Long & Foster

The newly built home has a brick-and-limestone exterior. Crystal chandeliers adorn the formal living and dining rooms. The ballroom floor is made of hand-crafted, inlaid walnut and Italian marble. The kitchen features European appliances and exotic granite. The fitness room has steam and sauna. The lower level includes a wine cellar, wet bar and a sunken entertainment room. An elevator runs to all four levels. The property includes a swimming pool and a garage for up to six cars. A solar system allows the home to generate its own electricity.

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