Nalin here,

We have our first Homes of the Rich reader showcase. This is a 15,000 sq. ft. house in the upscale DC suburb of Potomac, MD. The home was built in 2002, bought for $2.6 million and features 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. The house follows the standard mansion design seen in many homes on this site, but it has a few unique features. The home was custom built by another family who never moved in and left the home partially unfinished allowing this reader’s family to essentially custom finish the home to their liking. The main feature in the house is the security automation.

There is a secure communications room with all the wiring for automated lighting, security, in ceiling speakers, temperature control and video feeds from 4 cameras. The automation can be controlled using touchscreen pads throughout the house, a laptop or iPhones. The previous owner of the home, who never moved in, was the head of a technology firm so he decked the house out. This technology is being used more commonly now, but in 2002 it was very uncommon.

Another special part of the house are the chandeliers. The main foyer chandelier is a large crystal chandelier and the great room boasts a very large, custom, hand-made murano glass chandelier designed by Dale Chihuly’s factory in Murano Italy. The kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel kitchen appliances, and a walk-in pantry. Other main level amenities include: cherry paneled library, guest suite, security/communications room, fully finished 3 car garage with mud room.

The lower level is a great party venue with a bar/kitchen, DJ Booth (with ceiling speakers), Dance floor, pool table, travertine flooring, full home gym, music room, 9 seat home theater with 126 inch HD with Blu-Ray and BOSE surround sound, home office, heated pool/hot tub with speakers and outdoor dining area with kitchen.

On the upper floor there are 5 bedrooms and a 2nd more informal living room.

What do you think of our first official reader’s showcase? If you think you can beat it, send Kenny your house.

  • KEV

    I think it’s pretty cool. I love home automation, sound systems, cameras, security, you name it as far as electronics and being able to control them from various parts of the house, so that alone gets my vote! Looks like a nice place to entertain friends and family.




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  • Daniel

    “…fully finished 3 car garage with mud room.” What’s a mud room? I live in S. Florida and perhaps this is a feature seen only in northern homes?




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    • Grrrowler

      A mud room is an entry space where one can take off muddy shoes and hang up wet clothes without tracking dirt into the the rest of the house. It’s usually located near a back or side door.




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    • Venom

      What Grrowler said.
      A very essential room especially here in Michigan where you have nice snow covered jackets and snow and salt covered shoes and boots.




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  • george

    This is more than a house. It is a place to raise children, have pets, and grow old with someone you love. This is a HOME. Not a monument to someones ego.




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  • Grrrowler

    I have a question about the great room chandelier. The post says it came from Dale Chihuly’s factory in Murano. What Chihuly factory in Murano?

    While the (beautiful) chandelier is classic Murano in style and may have come from the Venini factory, it has none of Chihuly’s trademark styles in it. Chihuly did work at Venini Fabrica in Murano for a year in the late 1960’s but it was never Chihuly’s factory; he was merely an employee (albeit the first American to work there). As far as I know he never had a factory or studio of his own in Murano/Venice. I believe that all of his work is produced in his studio near the Ballard area of Seattle,




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  • alex

    its a georgeous home. i happen to live in the area and each home is almost unique. and different in size.




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  • Sam

    Ew why is there a very similar home next door to it?
    I dont mind the architecture I just dont like the interior, its very dated and could do with some touching up




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