They're rich, they're famous, and they've got homes on the market we wish we could afford. This year, Washington had a huge number of celebrities take part in the housing market, giving everyone the chance to know what it's like to live in the home of an NFL player, designer, or politician. Some of the bigger names on our list include Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden, former mayor Marion Barry, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Take a look at our list of the top 20 posts of the year that feature real estate from celebrities.
1) Buy Chris Cooley's $2.39M Manse, Complete With Pottery Studio
This past May, Former Washington Redskins Chris Cooley put a luxurious mansion on the Leesburg market for $2.39 million. While it didn't have any crazy details that could live up to the "Captain Chaos" nickname, it does have a pottery studio along with a home theater.
2) Own Brit Hume's $1.925M Chunk Of The Virginia Mountains
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume landed a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom on the market in Hume, Virginia of all places. The $1.9 million massive private estate sat on 72 acres of land along with some luxurious touches like exposed wooden beams and a chandelier over a bathtub.
3) Designer Robert Shields Selling His Penthouse in Georgetown
With an asking price of $1,199,900, Robert Shields' two-story condo included no shortage of paintings and sculptures throughout the home. Located in Georgetown, the listing included a private balcony, rooftop pool and deck, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
4) For $849K, You Can Live In A Former Senator's Pad
The late Senator Lee Metcalf's two-bedroom Capitol Hill townhome came on the market this past April with an asking price of $849,000. The senator's name may not be too familiar, but his legacy lives on as an influence to the Peace Corps as well as several pieces of wildlife conservation legislation.
5) Mayor Adrian Fenty's Crestwood Home on the Rental Market
If there's any chance at all that you'd be interested in having a politician as your landlord, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's Crestwood home is still on the rental market. With an asking price of $4,700 a month, the listing includes recessed lighting, a walk-in closet, and a two-car garage.
6) NFL Star Domonique Foxworth Buys $4M Berkley Home
NFL star Domonique Foxworth closed on a $4,005,000 contract for a single-family home in Berkley. Some of the highlights in the 8,622-square-foot home are its beamed ceilings, walk-in closets, and four fireplaces.
7) Comparing Senator McCaskill's New And Old Condos
Missouri's first female Senator, Claire McCaskill, moved into CityCenter DC in Northwest Washington in March. While we weren't able to get a photo of her exact condo in the development, we were able to compare her previous home to any information we could find on her new one.
8) George Washington Family Farm Hitting The Auction Block
When you think of who may show up on the red carpet, George Washington may not cross your mind, but it did cross ours as we looked back on a 411-acre farm that used to be the home of President George Washington. This celebrity real estate is located in Berryville, Virginia.
9) Bunny Mellon's Sprawling Virginia Estate Wants Insane $70M
Late heiress and philanthropist Rachel "Bunny" Mellon put her Virginia estate on the market for a whopping $70 million. With a great view for a more than impressive asking price, this listing has features like a statue commemorating Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero, pool house designed by architect I.M. Pei, and runway for private planes.
10) 'Morning Joe' Co-Host Mika Brzezinski Moves to Georgetown
MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski bought a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in Georgetown for $925,000. The Victorian conversion was sold under asking price with tall windows and high ceilings.
11) Take a Look Inside Donald Rumsfeld's Classy $4.495M Home
Two-time Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld listed his seven-bedroom estate this past July for $4.495 million. This Kalorama home has a pool, private garden, and what looks like a greenhouse.
12) Former Crossfire Host Drops West End Pad for $809K
Former George H. W. Bush Chief of Staff John H. Sunuhu went with a conservative approach when it came to decorating his West End home. The former Crossfire co-host sold his two-bedroom condo last July for $809,000.
13) Grammy-Nominated John Mayer Producer Selling MD Home
The name John Alagia may not ring a bell, but the three-time Grammy-nominated producer, composer, and mixer has worked with big-name artists like John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, Ben Folds Five, and Jason Mraz. See inside the Maryland home he put on the market for $1 million.
14) Look Inside NFL Coach Jay Gruden's New $2.5M Home
When Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden isn't dreaming about victory for his football team, he's settling into his Loudoun County home. There are no photos of the $2.5 million home, but floor plans show that it has a wine cellar, four bedrooms, and four-and-a-half bathrooms.
15) Grillfish/The Pig/Commissary Restaurateur Selling Shaw Home for $2.4M
The owner of this Shaw townhome is none other than David Winer, whose company EatWell DC owns various restaurants, including Logan Tavern, Commissary, The Heights, Grillfish, and The Pig. The home has some foodie touches like vintage servingware and a wine chiller.
16) Ex-NFL Commissioner Asking $3.2M for Burleith Home
Northwest of Georgetown in the Burleith neighborhood, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue put his home on the market for $3.2 million. The 5,000-square-foot home has luxurious details like arched windows, inlaid flooring, and an elevator.
17) NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas' Great Falls Home Sold for $2.5M
Earlier this month, big baller Gilbert Arenas sold his seven-bedroom, eight-and-a-half-bathroom home for $2.5 million. Some of the more eyebrow-raising details in the home include a velvet-lined entertainment room and a grotto by the pool.
18) Capitals Alex Ovechkin's Arlington Home on the Rental Market
Alex Oveckin landed his four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home on the rental market with a price tag of $6,500 a month. The 5,000-square-foot home has some nice details like tray ceilings, arched windows, and recessed lighting.
19) See the Anacostia Home of Former Mayor Marion Barry
While the public remembers how he lived, we would like to showcase where "Mayor for Life" Marion Barry lived as well. See inside the Anacostia and Hill Crest homes he lived in during his time as mayor.
20) Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat Nabs $1.6M Arlington Home
Marcin Gortat bought this Arlington home in October for $1,570,000. The five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom home includes a steam shower, three-piece crown molding, and 48-inch Omega cabinets.
Honorable Mention) That'll Be $4.5M To Be Vice President Joe Biden's Neighbor
With this listing, you may not be able to live in the home of a celebrity, but you'll be next door to one. Located in Glover Park, this five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home landed on the market for the first time in 54 years with a $4.5 million price tag.