What’s Behind the Gates in Northern Virginia

Wrought GatesI had the opportunity recently to tour the most expensive home currently for sale in Fairfax County.  Listed for $14,000,000, Chateau in Oak Hollow is located on a 5 acre lot in an area just outside the historic town of Clifton.   Modeled after a French Chateau the property has an indoor pool, elevator, wine cellar, art gallery and garage space for 8 cars.  The architect of the property designed the property to take advantage of natural resources including geothermal heat.  With wrought iron fencing surrounding the property it is a private retreat that is less than an hour to DC during rush hour.  If you have a car collection (Jay Leno) then you have plenty of space to store your toys.

I was surprised to find that this home was actually listed for more than the historic Hickory Hill home of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy which has been reduced in price to $12,500,000 after almost 3 years on the market. Built in 1815, President John Kennedy purchased the property in 1953 while he was a senator and sold it to his brother in 1957 for $125,000.  On 6 acres in McLean it is surprising that a historian has not snapped up the property.

So my curiosity made me decide to look and see what other properties were lurking in the area for the super rich.  Heading out to Loudoun County I found  a 400 acre property outside the town of Middleburg which can be purchased for $16,000,000.  The home on the property was originally built as a school house in 1830 and a "new" addition was built in 1924.  The home needs updating to bring it up to today's standards but the detail work in the original flooring, plaster moldings and doors is well worth saving.  For a country squire who would like a great retreat property with room for the horses this might be the place to call home.

If you would like to live closer to town then the place to check out is Ferry Landing Villa in Alexandria.  The property sits on 4.5 acres fronting the Potomac River.  This home resembles George Washington's home Mount Vernon (which is only a few miles away).  If you want to swim you can jump in to the pool on the property or play tennis on the private courts.  With a huge dock area and access to the Potomac River this home screams for water lovers to come on in.

We have a total of 25 properties listed for over $5,000,000 in the area so if one of these doesn't work then there are others that might.  So the next time you think that Hollywood is the only place with expensive real estate check around Northern Virginia.  We've got some high priced homes too!


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Comment balloon 3 commentsCindy Jones • July 19 2007 04:12PM


Cindy, what a fun post!  So do you have a buyer, or are you being a good Girl Scount and doing your "Be Prepared" thing?  
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago
I wish I had a buyer for one of these properties.  I'm just curious by nature and after I saw the first one I just had to keep exploring.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

The final sales price for Hickory Hill was considerably less than the 12.5 M if I remember correctly.

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) over 8 years ago

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