If your childhood aspirations were to someday live in the White House but you haven’t quite hit the mark yet, this Washington, DC mansion could be a sweet consolation prize.
While it’s certainly not for the understated buyer — marble statues in the foyer, anyone? — there are plenty of bells and whistles in this 13,000-square-foot Georgian-style estate, nestled in the pricey enclave of Massachusetts Avenue Heights, just a stone’s throw from the vice president’s home.
Built with hand-carved French limestone and dotted all around by Corinthian pillars, the home has a stately aesthetic that screams opulence and majesty. Completed in 2008, the house, once owned by millionaire entrepreneur and Republican fundraiser Melvyn Estrin, took five years to build. Custom gates open to a grand drive big enough to accommodate 10 cars, in addition to the three-car garage.
As for what it will cost you to live like a member of DC’s elite, you’re in luck. The sellers just slashed $1 million off the asking price, dropping it to $15.5 million.
If you can’t decide which bling-y accouterments you want to wow guests with upon entry, worry not, it’s all here, no need to choose.
Greeted by two Greece-inspired statues, visitors will notice the shiny marble floors, as well as the woodwork, which along the balconies is Colonial, and over the doorways, neo-Classical; a sweeping staircase is the focal point. Not shown is a ceiling dome, which allows light to filter down from the sky, illuminating the stria finish on the walls and trim, with gilded capitals. The massive custom ironwork balconies juxtapose the space’s soft creams and whites; urns and candelabras serve to pronounce the grandeur.
Ornate columns and a Grecian portico entryway are just a sample of the details built for the two-story living area. The soaring ceilings and double-decker windows complement a wall of French doors, which open to the pool.
It took months to complete the hand-painted ceiling mural, featuring a godlike man reclining in the heavens, with cherubs and a nude woman hovering nearby. Local artisans from Warnock Studios, who have also painted murals for senators, media heavyweights, and titans of industry, painstakingly re-created this 14-by-21-foot image, modeled after one in an 18th-century Italian villa the owners admired. The grand formal dining room features plenty of seating, ideal for large dinner parties and gatherings.
The breakfast room takes advantage of natural light, with a wall of windows and French doors leading to one of the home’s back patios. A chandelier of blue Venetian glass hangs above the table, a colorful focal point to match the hand-painted faux Delft wall tiles.
Entertaining on a large scale was paramount to the previous owners, which is why this custom kitchen’s state-of-the-art industrial appliances are key. (The deep fryer is a handy addition to the lineup; french fries coming right up.)
Italian tiles make up the flooring, and hand-cut glass silver-gray subway tiles lend a little pizazz to the backsplash. Recessed lighting was put in, in tandem with custom drop-lanterns, to supply ample lighting for the granite-topped workspaces.
A massive marble fireplace is the centerpiece of the impressive library, with custom woodworking on practically every wall; hand-carved millwork shows every detail. While not quite the Oval Office, the imposing workspace is the ideal sanctuary for showcasing rare first editions or signing documents.
An original Dutch tapestry hangs above the fireplace, and a hidden door built into one of the bookcases leads to the adjacent media room, which has a massive theater system and 10 luxury loungers.
The master suite is the crème de la crème of the home’s nine bedrooms. The builders took care to put in an oversized skylight, opening the ceiling for a soothing view of the sky. Not shown is a gas fireplace.
One of two master bathrooms, each with its own walk-in closet, this ode to sumptuous spa living has a deep soaking tub, vanity sinks, and plenty of space to change into as many outfits as your day and night require. Heated marble tiles keep the temperature toasty, even in the winter months.