Spring selling season is almost upon us so it is time once again to look at the most expensive houses for sale in the three jurisdictions we look at the most: DC, NoVa, and southern Maryland (SoMa?). Here are the top ten overall but we also looked more closely at each location and found the top ten for each one. The District no longer wins the game for having the most expensive listing. Those honors go to Virginia, while Maryland has a poor showing of only one house making the top ten.
10. Listing: 1028 TOWLSTON RD [LongandFoster]
Still no change in price for this 7 bed, 11 bath house in McLean that comes with a wine cellar, elevator, koi pond and sauna. It is still hoping to get $9.2M.
9. Listing: 6827 SORREL ST [WFP]
And here we have the one that made news because Ted Leonsis sold it to his friend Chris Rogers. Not long after the paperwork was complete Rogers decided to list it again for five hundred thousand more than he bought it for (making the ask $9.5M). Considering the next most expensive house on the block is about three million dollars, we can't help but anticipate a price chop one day.
8. 3053 P Street NW [Sotheby's]
This Georgetown manse built in 1875 features a private garden with a lap pool and 9,600 square feet of elegant, coveted living space, including the necessary staff apartment. It should be noted this French-style home includes "public rooms [that] can easily accommodate 150 guests". So you know your next Sunday brunch will be fabulous when your staff comes down from his (or her) in-house apartment and serves mimosas and other fancy treats to 149 of your bestest friends. $9,850,000 is the ask. [Sotheby's]
7. 10501 Chapel Rd [Weichert]
The Maryland listing is a Potomac French provincial estate coming in at an even $10 million. Built in 2009 with over 25,000 square feet of living and entertaining space, this castle sits on nearly 4 acres of manicured grounds, including a loggia (a fancy name for a gallery running along the outside of the first floor), multiple-level terraces, a pool and pool house, 11 bedrooms, and a circular driveway with a fountain. If it's space you want, then this house definitely delivers.
6. 2509 Foxhall Road NW [Coldwell Banker]
Let's be frank: This wouldn't a be complete list of expensive DC properties without a Foxhall listing. And this one doesn't disappoint. Coming in at $11,900,000 with views of the National Cathedral and Washington Monument, this house has plenty of entertaining space that's perfect for the Georgetown socialite. And after entertaining the neighborhood dignitaries and power brokers, you can retire to your own private spa, steam room, and sauna.
5. Listing: 2933-2943 Benton Place NW [Long and Foster]
This one is from our previous list of pricey DC real estate and is continuing to search for the perfect buyer. The Mediterranean villa is so grand it has several addresses. The gorgeous, 11 bedroom house (no worries, 3 of these bedrooms are for the staff), is located near powerful neighbors, including the Naval Observatory and Embassy Row. Recently renovated in 2001, it was formerly listed at $18.5M in 2008, so the current price of $12,000,000 almost seems like a bargain.
4. Listing: 612 RIVERCREST DR [LongandFoster]
Here we have the one that used to be number one on our list. It hasn't come down in price (still $12.5M) but with its Potomac River views and two-level garage you would think it would have sold by now, but still it waits for a buyer. It has nine bedrooms and eleven bathrooms and each bathroom has its own jacuzzi tub.
3. 5825 DOYLE RD [Jobin Realty]
This is a new addition to the list and is one of the few not in McLean (but is in Clifton). It is the same price as number four ($12.5M) but we're giving it a higher spot on the list because of its lengthy list of amenities. Some of them are: an indoor pool, eight car garage, geothermal radiant heat, golf green, and two ponds. Somewhere in there it also has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
2. Listing: 1175 BALLANTRAE LANE [LongandFoster]
Another newbie to come on the market as of mid-January this is a $12,950,000 house not far from where Colin Powell has a house (that he bought for $1.3M in 1993). It has it all, including a billiards room, gym, spa, pool & pool house, theater, and "fortification security". We don't know what that means, but there were so many stunning pictures we couldn't chose just one so the full gallery is over on the Virginia list.
1. Listing: 1005 FOUNDERS RIDGE LN [Redfin]
And now for the most expensive home in nearby Virginia and the whole area overall. Besides all the usual mansion amenities—a ballroom, a theater, nanny quarters—this one comes with an indoor pool and indoor racquetball/basketball court. It is 20,000 sq ft of living for the lovely price of $15.9M.