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The landscape of the greater Washington region is special compared to most with its varying property types, from those on the waterfront to those bordering magnificent golf courses. Residents in search of manses atop rolling hills need only travel to Virginia hunt country, while urban escapes abound within DC’s city limits. We take a look at area neighborhoods and standout properties that include traditionally gentleman-friendly amenities, such as impressive recreational courts, proximity to golfing and fishing, and more.
McLean is notorious for grand estates, and The Reserve community is no exception. A 20,000-square-foot French provincial manor (1005 Founders Ridge Lane, listed by Northern Virginia Homes) is on the market for $13.99 million at press time. Equipped with an indoor pool, indoor racquetball and basketball courts, a luxurious theater, and a wine cellar, this mansion is man-cave heaven.
Another property in the McLean area is listed for $7.75 million at press time and overlooks a private putting green and sport court (6035 Ramshorn Pl.; listing agents, William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki; wfp.com). The five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home sits on 4.1 acres, includes amenities such as a wine cellar, a two-story guesthouse adjacent to the heated swimming pool, and six-car garage—a welcome perk for the auto aficionado.
Nestled on six-and-a-half acres dotted with trees sits a recently completed $45 million embassy-style manor on land that once belonged to the late Senator Ted Kennedy. The private McLean estate (636 Chain Bridge Road; listing agent, FouadTalout), built in 2012 by The Building Group, Inc., has the style and décor of a French château and boasts 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Entertainment options abound: A luxurious home theater room is a grand setting for indoor escapes, and the new owners will be just steps away from the Potomac River—perfect for fishing—which runs through the property.
BET CEO and chairman Debra Lee recently sold her Woodley Park home for $4.7 million. The modern five-bedroom, six-bathroom home was previously occupied by former Washington Redskins owner George Marshall and was designed by Kennedy Center architect Edward Durrell Stone. The District property features a calming mini waterfall feeding into the outdoor heated swimming pool—and a smart poolside cabana is included.
Buyers who once dreamt of becoming firemen can now experience what it would be to live like one. The former Engine House No. 7, built in 1884, was on the market for $2.65 million at press time. The building, which has been home to sculpture artist Craig Kraft since 1992, encompasses a three-bedroom apartment, which includes a home gallery and working studio along with two additional one-bedroom apartments. Original details from the 6,267-square-foot firehouse still remain, including wooden lockers, exposed masonry, and, the best part, a brass fireman’s pole.
Al so worth noting, there is a home in Chevy Chase with a celebrity-chef-designed kitchen that was pending sale for $1.195 million at press time (3755 McKinley St. NW; listing agent, Theresa Helfman Taylor, coldwellbanker.com). Renowned District chef JoséAndrés designed the gourmet space to be complete with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, including a range hood and double ovens. The five-bedroom property also features vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and a lower level with an additional kitchen.