Luxury Outlook 2023
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Chicago, Illinois | Mark Lowham, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
Rugged granite cliffs and panoramic views of the Potomac River set the stage for this exceptional estate which has been described as one of the most beautiful homes on the East Coast. A private lane introduces the gated entrance which reveals the understated, French Provincial architecture of the residence. Timeless materials, including a Vermont Slate roof, copper gutters, and limestone and concrete stucco walls blend seamlessly into the breathtaking natural setting.
Custom iron doors introduce guests to a circular rotunda with views to the river and beyond. Designed to capture sweeping views from literally every room, galleries extend both direction to the public rooms, including the main salon, dining room and soaring great room. Adjoining the great room, a world class kitchen by Lobkovitch with input from renowned chef, Jose Andres, captures every luxurious amenity, including a breakfast room with 180 degree views of the gardens, outdoor pool and the river. A separate catering kitchen provides a full suite of appliances to satisfy the most discerning host. Nearby, an office with unobstructed river views, a managers office, a full laundry room and coat room lead to the daily garage with parking for 4-6 cars.
On the opposite end of this level, a spacious salon once again captures uncompromising views of the river to the west and leads to a collectors garage with room for 18-22 cars. This finely finished space also doubles as an exceptional ballroom space for large indoor gatherings. Upstairs, the primary suite encompasses the entire western wing of the 2nd floor and includes a perfectly scaled bedroom with a fireplace, a spa-quality bath, coffee bar, and a dramatic closet and dressing room. A private corridor leads to four additional bedrooms, all with beautifully detailed, en-suite baths and stunning views.
The lower level of the residence introduced by two separate staircases was designed to surprise and delight. A games room adjoins a dramatic wine room with a quartz crystal wine cellar and wet bar. The nearby media room is pre-wired for electronic black-out shades and features dual retractable screens. Just beyond, an exercise suite captures sweeping views outdoors and overlooks the indoor basketball court outfitted with official NBA Spaulding Basketball hoops, professional flooring, and an exterior entrance. Just a few steps beyond, a sublime indoor swimming pool and spa are equipped with an LED lighting system, adjoining bath and shower, and a separate de-humidification system. An ADA compliant elevator services three levels of the residence, and a smart-house system by Savant controls Lutron lighting, music, HVAC systems, fireplaces, entrance gates, and security systems. A full-house generator, geothermal system for heating and air conditioning, and dual well and septic systems for water and sewer insure flawless operations throughout the estate.
Outdoors, a covered veranda with built-in heaters, retractable screens, a firepit, and an outdoor kitchen overlook the expansive lawn and gardens. Designed for outdoor entertaining, the central lawn area was designed to accommodate a large tent for 200+ guests. Beyond, an infinity edge pool captures sunset views, and multiple terraces provide ideal vantage points for the truly spectacular views in all directions of the river, abundant wildlife, and the city of Washington beyond. Additional accommodations for guests or staff are provided in two separate quarters: a two-bedroom unit with a kitchen and separate entrance on the lower level, and an additional guest or staff quarters with a separate entrance located above the daily garage. The estates ideal location just 1.5 miles from the Capital Beltway and 10 minutes to Tysons Corner also provides easy access to both Ronald Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. Downtown Washington is less than 20 minutes. The Cliffs is unquestionably the finest new estate offering in Washington.
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