Maryland won't win for most expensive house in the area (that's NoVa by about five million) but it will win for most diverse designs. From the contemporary by Robert Gurney to the colonial mansion by David Niroo this list covers more styles than the other two. The list spans prices from ten million dollars to five and a half million. We can't decide if the one with the eight-car garage is the best or is it the one with 331 recessed lights?
10. 6450 Brookes Ln [Weichert]
This house actually just went under contract, so it may not still be available. But for $5,595,000, this house features plenty of acreage, 6 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 1 half bath, and more than 6,000 square feet of living space for the 1%. While this is small fish compared to the other upper-class real estate boys on this list, this 1918 home still has plenty of space for the rest of us to relax in, have a few glasses of prime Scotch, and consider our next big power move.
9. Listing: 9009 Congressional Ct [C
Looking to score a fantastic deal? Well, this Potomac Colonial just had its price reduced by $1,700,000 and is now available for $5,999,000. Featuring nearly 20,000 square feet of living space on more than 2 acres, this "Southampton Estate" includes a carriage house, heated pool with a spa, an outdoor family room, and a mahogany library. So if you want to pretend as if you're summering in the Hamptons but still living it up near the Beltway, this may be the house for you.
8. 7016 Natelli Woods Ln [Weichert]
Neighbors to another one on the list, the French Country Bethesda home is a "piece de resistance". Considered one of the "classiest and most prestigious homes in the Washington DC Metro area", for a cool $6,395,000, you (or some other lucky buyer) will get 6 bedrooms, 8 full baths, manicured gardens, a pool, a great room with spectacular wood features, a massive master bedroom, a driveway fit for a royal (or presidential) motorcade, and nearly 2.5 acres of prime real estate.
7. 9210 Fox Meadow [Redfin]
At more than 13,000 square feet on more than 3 acres, this 2002 Colonial in Potomac has all the upscale features one would expect after shelling out $6,850,000. It's got a 2-story gourmet kitchen (because one story is never enough), a palatial great room with wood-paneled barrel ceilings, a dining room that can comfortably seat 10 or more, and an expansive foyer. Sitting on a beautiful lawn, this listing also includes an eight-car garage, an English conservatory, and library. And don't forget the requisite gym.
6. 9411 Newbridge Dr [Weichert]
If you like restrained design, then this custom-built Potomac manse is not for you. Built in the International/European villa style, this 2010 home sits on more than 2 acres and features 18,000 square feet of space. Its design features imported stones and fixtures, a library, pool, ornate chandeliers, a beautiful wine cellar, and a master bathroom fit for a king. But be prepared to pay a king's ransom of $6,900,000 in order to make this yours.
5. 15 Lenox St W [Weichert]
Originally built in 1913 but renovated in 2006, this Chevy Chase Colonial is on the market for $6,995,000. With the Chevy Chase Golf Course in the backyard, this 8 bedroom home is perfect for someone who is looking for traditional designs and layout and want to hit a few before (or after) a long day of work. The house features a terrace leading to the pool, 9 full bathrooms, 2 half-baths, and a plenty of space to stretch your manicured feet and rest your golf elbows.
4. 24 Wissioming Ct [Sotheby's]
For a buyer who wants both ample space and contemporary design, look no further than this Bethesda listing. Located in the Glen Echo Heights neighborhood, this 2011 home has 10,000 square feet of living space created by Robery Gurney. With glass being central to the house's design, this manse features glass walls, huge glass windows allowing vistas of the property, an elevator, and an Infinity pool (we covered the floorplans here and a wall-sized Goodyear logo in the listing photos here). This is definitely a work of modern art that can be someone's for $6,999,000.
3. 7013 Natelli Woods Ln [Redfin]
The top spot on this list is a house with 25,000 square feet, but maybe that is too small for you? Well, this 1995 Bethesda Colonial comes in at a whopping 35,000 square feet. For a hair under $7M ($6,999,999 to be exact), this palatial mansion has got it all: 12 en-suite bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, a foyer with ceilings of 37 feet and a massive chandelier, an elevator, a Presidential library (not just a regular boring old library), 49 closets, and 331 recessed lights. (Why not 333 lights for numerical symmetry?) This estate is definitely for a buyer who wants everyone to know that he or she is truly The Man.
2. 12514 Pennyfield Lock Rd [Weichert]
For $8,500,000, the real value in this listing is not the two houses but the 24 acres of Potomac property for sale. The listing doesn't even have pictures of the property, but instead highlights the rolling hills and mature trees on acres of prime real estate. But it does give details about one of the house: a colonial house listed has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths on three floors, but it's the opportunity to create a Montgomery County compound that is the reason to throw down the dollars for this one.
1. 10501 Chapel Rd [Weichert]
The first 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.