This month, a buyer purchased the most expensive house sold in Bethesda in decades and possibly ever, according to Bright MLS, a listing service whose records go back to 1990.
The brick house, at 6699 MacArthur Blvd., went for $15 million. At that price, it is the third most expensive house ever sold in the state of Maryland since records have been kept, according to Bright MLS. The home sits at the highest vantage point on the Potomac River.
Sassy Jacobs with Washington Fine Properties was the listing agent, while Daniel Heider with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyer.
The house boasts 180-degree views of the waterway. Jacobs said the views, as well as the location spanning the D.C. and Maryland border, make the house uniquely valuable.
The house sits on almost two acres and is 11,522 square feet.
It has six bedrooms, eight full and three partial baths. Additionally, the house has six gas fireplaces and a personal pool and spa. Listing images show wide-open spaces, large windows, hardwood floors, a home gym and a wine cellar.
Architectural firm Franck & Lohsen drew up plans for the home. Leonard Nurmi of CDC Builders led the construction in 2013. Darryl Carter handled interior design.
The buyer was particularly drawn to the view, the quality of the home’s finishes, and how it feels like a compound, Heider said. The new owner plans to keep most of the house unchanged, instead slightly altering the master suite and part of the outdoor entertainment and pool area, Jacobs added.
Through Heider, the buyer asked not to be named.
With its $15 million price tag, the house earned a spot on the list of the most expensive homes ever sold in Maryland, according to Bright MLS records.
The two most expensive homes ever sold in the state, Bright MLS records show, are both in Potomac. The priciest, at 11231 River View Drive, went for $20 million in December 2010. The second most expensive home, at 11600 Partridge Run Lane, sold for $15.084 million in August 2005.
The house on MacArthur Boulevard went on the market on Jan. 22. It was first listed for $17.5 million. But on July 23, the seller dropped the price to $16.95 million, and the buyer later negotiated the price down to $15 million.
Though the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted open houses, Jacobs said the process of selling this house remained unchanged, as a $17 million house is opened up for appointments only. Throughout the seven months that the house was on the market, only a “handful” of potential buyers toured it, including a few parties who came back for multiple showings, Jacobs wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat.
The coronavirus pandemic has not hindered the market for other ultra-luxury homes.
“The market has gone Gangbusters Since Covid,” Jacobs wrote. “The busiest week [there’s] ever been!”
Heider echoed that the ultra-luxury real estate market has boomed during the pandemic, even as other sectors have struggled. At the pandemic’s start, The Corby Mansion at 9 Chevy Chase Circle sold for $10 million.
“It’s a great time to consider putting an ultra-luxury home on the market right now,” he said. “If you’ve got the amenities, space, scale, and the finish quality that today’s luxury-modern buyer requires, there’s no better market than right now.”