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The 20,000-square-foot home was the city’s most expensive sale in 2015

A Washington, D.C., Mansion Sells for Record $18 Million

A lavish $18 million estate in Washington, D.C.’s Forest Hills neighborhood is officially the city’s most expensive single-family home sold in 2015. Known as the Fessenden House, the neoclassical residence encompasses 20,000 square feet and was designed in 1994 by the local firm Chatelain Architects, with interiors by Antony Childs. On the market for the first time since it was built, the property was listed in April by Christie’s International Real Estate and its exclusive affiliate, Long & Foster Real Estate.

Previously owned by grocery-store heir Samuel Lehrman, the four-story house includes seven bedrooms, nine full baths, and five half baths—plus its own elevator and two rotundas. The manicured one-acre parcel boasts English-style gardens by celebrated landscape architect James Urban, as well as a grand terrace with a curvilinear staircase leading to the swimming pool and loggia. Although the buyer of the property remains undisclosed, the price handily tops the city’s second most expensive sale last year: a $15.5 million mansion acquired by philanthropist Adrienne Arsht in July.

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A pool and a poolhouse are featured on the one-acre property, which boasts English-style gardens by celebrated landscape architect James Urban.

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Located below the main terrace, the loggia connects to the pool area.

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The sun-filled breakfast nook opens onto the terrace.

The sun-filled breakfast nook opens onto the terrace.

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Designer Antony Childs crafted the interiors.

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The home’s stately office includes a fireplace.

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The exquisite master bath.

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