All About McLean: The 5 Most Expensive Homes Sold in the DC Area in 2020

  • December 7th 2020

by UrbanTurf Staff

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As we approach the end of 2020, UrbanTurf is looking back at the five most expensive homes sold in the area this year. This year's top sales included the priciest home ever sold in the DC region and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank unloading his Georgetown digs. 

#5: Kevin Plank's Georgetown Home

In 2018, Under Armour co-founder Kevin Plank privately listed his 12,000 square-foot Georgetown mansion for $29.5 million. It sold this past June for just north of $17 million. Renovated in 2015, the seven-bedroom home built in 1810 has a range of interesting features, from the $1 million staircase constructed of the same marble used for the Jefferson Memorial to a whiskey cellar that features Sagamore Spirit rye from the Baltimore distillery that Plank started in 2017.

  • Address: 1405 34th Street NW (map
  • Sales Price: $17.25 million
  • Bedrooms: Seven
  • Bathrooms: 7.5
  • Square Feet: 12,000
  • Listing Agent: Michael Rankin, TTR Sotheby's International Realty

Photo by Eric Angelus. 

#4 -- The New Home For the Embassy of Qatar

Also originally listed in 2018, 1617 29th Street NW sold in May for $17.75 million to the Embassy of Qatar, making it the fourth priciest home to sell in the region this year. The 11,000 square-foot listing was originally built in the early 20th century for Herman Hollerith who is considered the father of automatic computation. 

  • Address: 1405 34th Street NW (map
  • Sales Price: $17.75 million
  • Bedrooms: Nine
  • Bathrooms: Ten
  • Square Feet: 10,000
  • Listing Agents: Mark Lowham, Anj Murphy TTR Sotheby's International Realty

#2 -- A $24 Million McLean Home That Isn't Built Yet

Rendering of planned home.

One of the most expensive homes sold in 2020 isn't even built yet. River Point, a collection of three parcels totaling three acres overlooking the Potomac River in McLean, sold in November for $24 million, down from its original list price of $28.75 million. The price tag comes with complete building plans for a sprawling 30,000 square-foot home with seven to eight bedrooms, a carriage house, tennis court, and garage and surface parking for more than 50 cars. The plans were designed by Atlanta architect Stanley Dixon. 

  • Address: 405 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA (map)
  • Sales Price: $24 million
  • Bedrooms: 7-8
  • Square Feet: 30,000
  • Listing Agent: Mark Lowham, TTR Sotheby's International Realty

#2 -- 12,000 Square Feet for $24 Million

There was another $24 million sale in McLean this year, but this home is already built. Known as Little Falls, 1211 Crest Lane is the former estate of Janice Smith, former ABC correspondent Sam Donaldson's ex-wife. The 12,000 square-foot home was not even on the market before it found a buyer and sold in June. 

  • Address: 1211 Crest Lane, McLean, VA (map)
  • Sales Price: $24 million
  • Bedrooms: Four
  • Bathrooms: Six
  • Square Feet: 12,000

#1 -- The Most Expensive Home Ever Sold in the DC Area

At $62.95 Million, AOL Cofounder's Northern Virginia Estate is Priciest Home Ever in the DC Area: Figure 1
Inside James V. Kimsey's estate. Click to enlarge.

The McLean home owned by late AOL co-founder James V. Kimsey sold in January for $45 million, making it the most expensive home to ever sell in the DC region. The home was originally listed for $62.95 million in 2018. 

Kimsey built the 25,000 square-foot, six-bedroom home in 1999. Interesting features include four kitchens (at least one used for entertaining), a guest garage that can fit thirty cars, a wine room that doubles as a humidor and a massage room off the master suite. Kimsey passed away in 2016. 

Interestingly, the home joins the Merrywood estate, once owned by AOL co-founder Steve Case, as one of the two priciest homes to ever sell in the DC region. 

Photo courtesy of Sean Shanahan Photography. 

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