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From Case to Leonsis: The 5 Priciest Home Sales in the DC Area in 2018

by Nena Perry-Brown

This has been a banner year for the multi-million dollar listing in the DC area, far surpassing the price tags in the politically-motivated home sales observed in the District last year. As we approach the end of 2018, UrbanTurf takes a look back at the five most expensive homes sold in the area this year.


#5: A Penthouse at the Wardman Tower

Sold in August for $8.2 million, this penthouse at the historic Wardman Tower was the priciest condo sale of the year in the region. The building was renovated by a development team that included JBG Smith, a U.S. branch of Japanese builder Sekisui House, and architect Deborah Berke Partners. The living room of the 4,400 square-foot residence is double-sized and the unit also has a fireplace and library, while the owner's bedroom has two en-suite baths. There is also an expansive private roof terrace overlooking the city.

  • Address: 2660 Connecticut Avenue NW,#PH2 (map)
  • Sales Price: $8.2 million
  • Bedrooms: Three
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Square Feet: 4,400
  • HOA Fees: $6,296/month
  • Listing Agent: Miriam Fernandez, McWilliams|Ballard

#4: From Politico to Monumental Sports in Kalorama

This Kalorama house, once owned by Politico founder Robert Allbritton, was listed in September 2017 for $9,975,000. In late February, it sold to Zach Leonsis, Monumental Sports and Entertainment executive and son of Ted Leonsis, for $9 million. The six-bedroom house was renovated meticulously between 2010 and 2015, adding modern touches to the otherwise formal interior. For example, there is a theater room on the lower level, and paneled glass accordion doors separate the dining room from the skylit conservatory, which has Palladian windows along its other three walls. The double lot property also includes an in-law suite, patios, a pool deck, fountains and parking for four vehicles.

  • Address: 2430 Wyoming Avenue NW (map)
  • Sales Price: $9 million
  • Bedrooms: Six
  • Bathrooms: 7.5
  • Square Feet: 6,770
  • Year Built: 1926
  • Listing Agents: Patrick Chauvin, Brad House, Compass 

Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.


#3: A 20,000 Square-Foot McLean Estate

$16 Million Unfinished McLean Mansion Sells at $4 Million Discount: Figure 1

When this property was listed last year for just south of $16 million, it was still under construction steps from the banks of the Potomac River. In January, the 20,000 square-foot house sold for $12 million. As designed and constructed by ALM, the three-story stone-clad manor has five fireplaces, seven bedrooms, nine full baths and four half-baths. Its three-plus acre lot includes outdoor areas for entertaining, a five-car garage and a detached pool house.

  • Address: 1191 Crest Lane, McLean, VA (map)
  • Price: $12 million
  • Bedrooms: Seven
  • Bathrooms: 11
  • Square Feet: 20,000
  • Listing Agents: Jason Mandel, Mark McFadden, Washington Fine Properties

#2: A Sale on the Site of the Former Cafritz Mansion

DC's $20 Million Former Cafritz Mansion Finds a Buyer: Figure 1

The $16.5 million sale of the reconstructed former Cafritz mansion settled just weeks ago. Built by Banks Development and designed by Jones/Boer Architects, the eight-bedroom estate replaced the shell of the mansion previously owned by the late DC luminary Peggy Cooper Cafritz, whose house (along with one of the largest known private collections of African American art) was destroyed by a fire in 2009. The new house, which was purchased using a Florida-based LLC, has 11 bathrooms and sits on a 35,000 square-foot lot.

  • Address: 3030 Chain Bridge Road NW (map)
  • Price: $16.5 million
  • Bedrooms: Eight
  • Bathrooms: 11
  • Square Feet: 17,540
  • Year Built: 1919
  • Listing Agent: Marc Fleisher, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.


#1: The Multi-Million Dollar Merrywood Estate

After being listed for $49.5 million in June 2017, former AOL CEO Steve Case's Merrywood estate in McLean, found a new owner this past May. The home, which Jackie Kennedy grew up in, sold to the government of Saudi Arabia for $43 million. The 17,540 square-foot, nine-bedroom estate sits on seven acres that include gardens, a tennis court, and a swimming pool. The interior is just as amenitized, with an indoor lap pool, gym and wine cellar and an elevator traversing all four floors. The owner's suite contains two dressing rooms, a study and an exercise room.

  • Address: 700 Chain Bridge Road (map)
  • Price: $43 million
  • Bedrooms: Nine
  • Bathrooms: 11
  • Square Feet: 17,540
  • Year Built: 1919
  • Listing Agents: Mark Lowham, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty and Juliana May, JLL

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the-5-most-expensive-homes-sold-in-the-dc-area-in-2018/14763

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