Beauty can be found in Washington, D.C.’s monuments, memorials, and, of course, real estate. This list proves that. This year, there were a myriad of listings that landed and left the market, from a White House replica to BET CEO Debra Lee’s mansion, which you’ll be able to see below.
Curbed combed through this year’s articles to uncover the best of the best listings. The residences you’ll find below will range, so expect some you may want to move into today and some you might just find tacky. It’s all subjective, but that’s what makes this fun.
If there was a home left off of this list that was your favorite, be sure to leave a comment below and include a photo for all to see.
When this Kent listing landed on the market in October of this year, it was the most expensive home for sale in D.C. On a 35,000-square-foot lot, it boasts a sweeping staircase in the foyer, a library, wine cellar, and even a media room. This home was formerly owned by Peggy Cooper Cafritz, a saloniste, arts patron, and former president of the Board of Education.
Once upon a time, this Logan Circle row house was super boring. Now, it’s a “forever home,” totally transformed by award-winning architect Jon Hensley and contractor Allenbuilt. In this article, expect a few before-and-after sliders, highlighting the steel NanaWall system and Caesarstone waterfall island in the kitchen.
This massive Potomac home will likely be pretty divisive for Curbed readers. It towers with 28,418 square feet of space as well as an indoor pool, sport court, and full service elevator. Expect glitz and glamor in this listing.
Of course, it’s not a full list of D.C. homes without a quirky conversion in the mix. In c. 1877, this residence served as a stable. Later, an inventor named Samuel Waters used the property as an organ factory for 60 years, powering it with a gasoline engine. It didn’t actually become a full-fledged home until c. 1963. Inside, there are hand-carved front and interior doors imported from Madrid and chandeliers salvaged from the Valencia Theatre in Baltimore.
This pricey pad landed on the market this December as the third most expensive listing in the city. That position has since been claimed by another D.C. home, but this one remains to be rather stunning, with a 20-foot tall great room, full theater and media room.
While some homes might have a lot of history and some might simply have famous owners, this one is infamous for a completely different reason. When it was being utilized as an Airbnb rental, it was known as the "Celebrity House Hunter Mansion," and had the police called to the property more than 100 times in a matter of one year. Now, it’s up for grabs with features like a koi pond, heated rooftop swimming pool, 18-foot-tall waterfall, and British telephone booth elevator.
Mark McInturff is a D.C. area architect who has worked in the region for over 40 years and has won over 250 design awards, including three American Institute of Architects national honor awards and two monographs. This is one of his most stunning homes in the area with exposed stone, built-ins, and a swimming pool.
In April, this 20,263-square-foot single-family home landed on the Bethesda market with both quirky and cool details. Some of the more luxurious details can be found in the amenities like the indoor basketball court, wine cellar, and media room. There is also a “Hunt Room,” made especially for homebuyers who not only enjoy hunting animals, but displaying them.
This Spring Valley home has never seen better days than today. In 2011, architect Robert Gurney totally renovated the 1954-constructed residence into a stone cold stunner. For his work, the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded him the 2014 Award of Merit in Interior Architecture.
Last but not least on the list is this bright and airy Bethesda single-family home, known as the Dahlonega Residence. Expect lots of glass and wood accents throughout as well as a large class cube on the second-story deck. This award-winning residence has acquired the 2013 AIA Award of Excellence from the Northern Virginia AIA Chapter, the 2013 Washingtonian Residential Design Award from the Washington, D.C. AIA Chapter, and the 2015 American Architecture Award.