Biggest Home in Montgomery Co. Hits the Market

by Mark Wellborn

Entry Foyer

People’s definitions of a big home can vary widely. For a first-time buyer, a 1,000 square-foot condo can seem like a mansion, particularly if he/she has been confined to a 500 square-foot rental apartment for a few years.

In Montgomery County, they have a different definition of big. UrbanTurf has learned that the largest home in the county (according to Bethesda Magazine) recently hit the market.

Indoor Pool

The 35,000 square-foot mansion sits on just under five acres spread over two lots. The home was built in 1995 by Rashid Chaudhary, a cosmetics manufacturer, so that his four daughters could attend school in Northern Virginia. Now that his children have completed school, he is heading back to Chicago where his business is located.

The property took three years to design and build, and has hosted the Clintons and Gores at a number of functions. Al Gore even planted two trees in the backyard. The owners named the estate Haveli, which means “Gathering place for important people.”

Living Room

Now for some features that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else:

  • The home has the largest chandelier ever hung in a private residence.
  • Looking up from the tennis court, it is over 200 feet to the roof.
  • By the numbers: There are 12 bedrooms, including a two-story royal master suite, 18 bathrooms, 49 closets, two saunas, two dining rooms, six kitchens, 265 windows, a grand foyer with 37 foot ceilings, and a 38-foot indoor pool.

Interested? All this can be yours for the tidy sum of $8,999,999.

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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/biggest_home_in_montgomery_co._hits_the_market/2288


  1. Emily said at 2:53 pm on Thursday July 22, 2010:


  1. ginger said at 3:54 pm on Thursday July 22, 2010:

    This house puts the “osten” in ostentatious.

  1. Dave said at 3:58 pm on Thursday July 22, 2010:

    That’s actually a pretty good price for that kind of house!

  1. Geori said at 10:08 am on Friday July 23, 2010:

    I agree… that’s such a good price, I find it hard to believe.  That means it is only $250 psf.

    I also doubt that it is the largest house in the country.  There are many mansions and estates larger than 35k sq ft.

  1. Shanel Wesley said at 10:39 am on Friday July 23, 2010:

    @Geori,  I think they mean it is the largest house in Montgomery COUNTY not country.

  1. mizark said at 11:08 am on Friday July 23, 2010:

    Haveli, which means “Gathering place for important people.”

    What a douche-y name.

  1. Lindsay said at 12:37 pm on Friday July 23, 2010:

    For 9 mil you’d think they’d spell “Friendship” correctly…..

  1. emerald said at 3:12 pm on Friday July 23, 2010:

    That seems like a steal when you compare prices in Georgetown and parts of NW DC.

  1. Dave said at 3:28 pm on Friday July 23, 2010:

    There are 2 lots, if you value 1 at 1.5 mil, then the 35,000 sq ft home is only selling for 7.5 (only)...$200 per foot.  Don’t think you could build a house for this price.

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