This 20,000 square foot mansion is located at 1005 Founders Ridge Lane in the exclusive community of The Reserve in Mclean, VA. Built in 2008, this French Chateau inspired home boasts 6 bedrooms, 9 full and 3 half bathrooms, grand y-shaped staircase, marble floors and custom molding throughout, elevator, grand ballroom, nanny quarters, home theater, wine cellar, indoor raquetball/basketball court, indoor swimming pool and more. Originally listed at $17.9 million, it is now on the market for $15,900,000.

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  • Daniel

    Jeez. Got enough chandeliers in the foyer? The exterior is a little drab yet odd. The single story portion on the left side belongs on a different home, especially with the mansard roof. I appreciate the homage paid to Jeff Smith by using the 5 wrought-iron front doors, although it’s 2 too many. La Reverie (which by the way is winning the “which home would you want’ question on Facebook – Heck yea!) has a set up just like that (with 3 doors) and the looks is stunning:

    http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/i/partypictures/02_26_09/miller/_165.jpg

    I really like the details in the foyer and living room. The staircase also looks well-designed and not as squished as some others we have seen. Past those two spaces, the home really goes downhill and looks downright cheap. The surrounding homes don’t look especially spectacular, and it doesn’t seem like a neighborhood that would command even half the asking price. backyard is also small and overlooks the neighbors, just 100 feet away.




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  • Grrrowler

    It looks much more dated outside than a 3-year hold house should, and it looks better from a distance than close up. The inside is the frumpy version of formal, and definitely not for me. I do like the gallery, but the blackamoors would definitely need to go; that’s about as modern as having a lawn jockey. I don’t care for the neighborhood, and if I were paying $16 million, I would want more land, a view, and my neighbors much further away.




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  • NOVA Ben

    I’ve been watching this listing for several weeks waiting for more pics to show up (till now it’s only had a single exterior shot), I couldn’t wait to see what the place was like. I have to say I’m disappointed overall. I really don’t mind the exterior at all, I don’t have too many problems with it, but inside is pretty underwhelming. I agree with Grrrowler’s comment on the decor being the frumpy version of formal, although the ballroom looks like a great entertaining space.

    I’m from this area, so here are my thoughts on the neighborhood and price…
    General location-wise, it doesn’t get much better than this if you’re looking for DC suburbs on the VA side. The area is heavily wooded and belies its proximity to the District. As far as this subdivision specifically, this represents one of the biggest of the homes therein, with the majority of homes being significantly smaller. The lot, while more private than others in the neighborhood, still isn’t ideal for a home this size. I can say that the neighborhood is a bit more impressive in person than on birds-eye view, and this home is on a street with the majority of the bigger custom homes.

    As has already been established, the asking price is borderline lunatic; it will come down plenty over time. A builder about to break ground on one of the very last remaining lots in The Reserve is building a 14,000 sq ft home set on 2.5 acres (twice as much as this property), and they have an asking price of $5.5 million, which is way closer to reality than this.




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  • Jase Zatari

    This house was built by the same builder of 1322 Balls Hill Rd a few miles down the street in McLean, Noble Construction. It probably took an additional 3 years to finish this house because he had to sell Balls Hill Rd which, originally listed for $17.5, sold for around $10.5. If you compare the two houses, they are essentially the same style, except Balls Hill Rd is nicer and on a better piece of land without an HOA.




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  • Eric

    This house is beautiful in person. It fits perfectly with all the other houses in the neighborhood (which are all about the same size as this one). The neighborhood this house is in, The Reserve, is one of the most prestigious, if not the most, in McLean.

    Another thing I wanted to add is that it is not a 20,000 square foot house, It is >10,000 sq ft.




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