Each week, we look at the most expensive MLS-listed house in each state.
Although I’d never score an invite to a posh gala at Maryland’s most expensive home, it doesn’t hurt to look at what $ 18 million will buy. I can imagine the passed appetizers (I’ll take a deviled egg, thankyouverymuch), the free-flowing Champagne, and the air kisses that will take place under this massive roof.
Located about 30 minutes outside of the nation’s capital, in Potomac, this 33,000-square-foot home was designed expressly for black-tie affairs, auction paddles, and entertaining on a grand scale. Taco Tuesdays, this isn’t.
Built on spec by Niroo Construction a couple of years ago, it awaits a buyer who will be the first person to call the 10-bedroom mansion home.
“The home’s designed for lavish entertaining,” says listing agent Marc Fleisher. It would be ideal for “a buyer who’s involved in charity work, foundations, fundraisers.”
His thoughts are easy to confirm when you gaze at the home’s grand foyer with marble flooring and a double staircase. With galas (and exclusive guest lists) driving the mansion’s design, the dining room was tailor-made for banquets. There’s even a separate kitchen set up for catering.
The 20-foot ceiling in the entryway lends the home a stately air, and the plaster moldings would satisfy any buyer who has “an eye for European design,” according to Fleisher.
The home sits on over 6 acres of land in the prestigious Golden Horseshoe neighborhood. The list price is well-supported, Fleisher says, citing the three nearby homes that were custom-built at costs ranging from $ 20 million to $ 40 million.
He acknowledges that because the mansion wasn’t tailored to a specific buyer’s desires, finding a match may be challenging. “It’s always a risk factor when a spec home is built without a buyer lined up. It’s a case of timing. It can be difficult—but it’s always a matter of matching the right buyer with the right home.”
Still, the feedback from people who’ve seen the home is universal, he says. “Everyone says, ‘Now I know why it’s $ 18 million.’ They see the size, the finishes, the quality of the materials, and the scale of the house.”
He’s heard from prospective buyers from Brazil, China, Russia, and Nigeria, but he was noncommittal about whether an eventual buyer will come from overseas.
Of course, with the home’s proximity to power, politics also came to mind. But Fleisher says the residents in this exclusive neighborhood aren’t necessarily involved with parties of the political variety: “We have surgeons, lawyers, and businessmen living in this area.”
You can see more details of the mansion in this video (Fleisher says the two-story library is his favorite room):