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Most Expensive House

Marwood  |  11231 River View Drive, Potomac

The honor for the most expensive home ever sold in Montgomery County goes to Ted and Lynn Leonsis, according to state records and real estate database listings.

They paid $20 million in December 2010 for Marwood, a three-story beaux arts chateau in the heart of Potomac. Built in 1926, it once was owned by the Gore family, rented by Joseph Kennedy and frequented by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and members of the Pulitzer clan.

The house was modeled after Chateau de Malmaison, Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte’s 18th-century palace outside Paris. It sits behind a secure gate on 13 prime acres off River Road, at the end of the ritzy Marwood subdivision—part of the original 200-acre estate.

Leonsis, owner of the Wizards, Mystics and Capitals, moved over from McLean in a house swap, selling the couple’s Virginia home to former Marwood owners Chris and Nalini Rogers.

Marwood boasts eight bedrooms, 13 full baths, a gatehouse, pool and pool house, a tennis court and a 10-car garage. Following an extensive renovation by its previous owners, the home was featured in a 10-page photo spread in the May/June 2011 issue of Veranda magazine, after the Leonsises had moved in.

Over the last year, Leonsis’ two basketball teams have been struggling and much of the Caps’ season was derailed by a labor dispute. But Leonsis could always retreat to his palatial manse just 16.4 miles from the Verizon Center.

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