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The House We’d Most Like to Visit

Dan Snyder’s Place  |  11900 River Road, Potomac

Purchased for $10 million in 2001 from Queen Noor, widow of King Hussein of Jordan, this 16½-bath, 19,419-square-foot limestone manse made headlines in 2004, when Redskins owner Dan Snyder had 130 trees cut down to give him a panoramic view of the Potomac River.

An eight-month investigation concluded that a high-level National Park Service official had eased the way for the clear-cutting of mature trees, to be replaced by 600 native saplings. Snyder said he was just trying to remove non-native invasive plants from the property.

Besides angering neighbors and some members of Congress, the move resulted in hillside erosion that threatened the adjoining C&O Canal National Historical Park. So if for no other reason than that, we’d like to visit and see if the view was worth the ruckus.

In addition to the 9.7 acres for the main house, Snyder owns 3.8 adjoining acres which contain a 4,509-square-foot stucco split-level.

According to reports, after purchasing the big house, Snyder installed an 18-seat movie theater, a “fun room” with five plasma screen TVs, a 14-seat bar, a wine cellar with a marble floor, a 12-car garage and a ballroom on a new upper floor.

We’d love to survey Snyder’s fleet of vehicles in that garage and party in the third-floor ballroom. And if that’s not enough, there’s Snyder’s $70 million, 224-foot mega-yacht with five decks and enough room for 16 guests and a staff of 18. Now, that alone would be worth a visit.