April 21, 2014
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Extreme Homes

Biggest, oldest, most expensive, oddest, most modern and more

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Photo by Anice Hoachlander/Hoachlander Davis Photographers

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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Mar 21, 2013 01:51 pm
 Posted by  moreurban

7013 Natelli Woods Lane, Bethesda is not the largest house in the county. That honor goes to 11505 Highland Farm Rd in Potomac which is a good 60,000 square feet.

Also, I know who bought that condo in Somerset House. Email me if you want to publish it.

Mar 27, 2013 01:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

When the Casa de Amor house at 9101 River Road was built, they planted really tall, palm trees, which quickly died. Now, they "planted" fake plastic trees, which are the ugliest color of green. It's an eye sore.

Mar 27, 2013 04:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

MOREURBAN, what am I missing here? This is from Zillow re: the Highland Farm Road property you mentioned: This is a 25880 square foot, 14.0 bathroom, single family home. It is located at 11505 HIGHLAND FARM RD POTOMAC, Maryland. Where's the other 35k square feet??

Dec 17, 2013 11:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I was about to say the same thing about the 25880 sqft but I traced the house in google earth pro and it measures out to 31k. if its two or more floors floors it could quite possible be 60k. the wealthy have a knack for making numbers disappear when it comes to taxes.

Anyways according to the assesment here (you will have to enter the address)...

its owned by Tom Sullivan - TeleCorp (sold to AT&T for $4.6B ) founder.


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