This French Country mansion is located at 5104 Moorland Lane in Bethesda, MD and situated on a half acre lot. It was designed by Glenn Chen Fong, AIA, and built in 2008 by Sandy Spring Builders. It boasts over 16,000 square feet of living space on 5 floors with 9 bedrooms, 9 full and 2 half bathrooms, 7 fireplaces, formal living and dining rooms, large gourmet kitchen, family room, morning room, 2nd and 3rd level common rooms, 4 season sunroom, recreation room with antique French bar and billiards table, home theater, wine cellar, lower level lounge, indoor basket ball court, 4-car garage and more. Outdoor areas include a glass-enclosed rear veranda, covered terrace, heated smokers porch, formal gardens, outdoor kitchen and a swimming pool with spa. It is listed at a very high $9,500,000. Yes, the interior is quite nice and there’s almost every amenity imaginable, however it doesn’t warrant a nearly $10 million asking price! For that kind of money you should be getting a house on a MUCH larger lot and in a more prestigious area.

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  • Nalin

    16,000 sq ft in downtown bethesda is actually a big deal. its a really solid location, about a 10 minute drive into DC. no houses in that part of bethesda have any sort of lot or acreage (unlike in potomac where everything has at least 2 acres) since its basically the border of suburban MD and the urban DC. I’m from the potomac/bethesda border so I might be biased, but that is a very desirable city/location (arguably also considered “prestigious” since bethesda is almost all politicians and other major DC professionals)

    I don’t know what it should be priced at, but I am very impressed with how they were able to fit 16,000 sq ft into such a quaint looking house (which will blend nicely into bethesda rather than being obnoxious)




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    • Kenny Forder

      Thanks for the insight 🙂




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    • NOVA Ben

      I agree with ALL of your assertions, except for the part about blending in. I thought it looked very quaint from the front at first too, but if you check this home out on birds eye view, it’s actually VERY obnoxious when put into the context of the surrounding lots/homes. I would hate to be the owner of the established home on either side of this thing.

      I should add that I too am biased, being from this area (and being the one who sent Kenny the tip on this listing, *HINT HINT*), but it just sticks out like a sore thumb to my eyes.




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      • Nalin

        I guess they had to fit that 16,000 sq ft somewhere haha. most houses in that area are definitely under 5000 sq ft




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  • Grrrowler

    From the outside, this does not look like a 16,000 square foot house, although a good amount of that is dedicated to the basketball court. It’s quaint from the front, but looks like so many other suburban houses. The lot is way too small for a house this size, and it’s too large for the neighborhood. The price seems way too optimistic as well.

    All that said, I like the interior. OK, I don’t like the furnishings, and some of the paint treatments are not good. But, getting rid of that and I like the bones and the spaces look like they’re well-proportioned. There are definitely some changes I’d make, like replacing what looks to be ceramic tile with limestone tile, but it could be quite nice.

    Still, almost $10 million?




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  • Eric

    I agree with Nalin, Bethesda is a very prestigious area. Maybe the house doesn’t quite fit in with the neighborhood, but many cities within the DC area are a hodgepodge of larger homes next to smaller homes.




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  • Daniel

    Looks like something a wretched old woman would live in.




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    • Kenny Forder

      HAHAHA oh Daniel =P




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  • NOVA Ben

    I’m very conflicted on this one. I brought the home to Kenny’s attention because I was curious about other people’s opinions, and from what I can tell, others are conflicted too.

    I really love the interior. It looks comfortable and elegant without trying too hard. I love the untreated wood beams and rich earthy colors throughout, and there are a LOT of spaces in this home. The common rooms create a lot of space for kids as well as adults, and the place is jam-packed with amenities for being within spitting distance of the District.

    The exterior also manages to look very quaint, but it all falls apart when you look at the home in the context of the neighborhood. The home is shoe-horned onto a lot several sizes too small for it, and absolutely TOWERS over and muscles between the older, more established homes immediately surrounding it. As Nalin said above, 16,000 sf is almost unheard of for Bethesda, and definitely should warrant a high price, but $10 million is outrageous. I would say $6 million tops. Ideally this home would be more suited to the aforementioned space of Potomac, but as is, I think the size and placement of this home was badly judged.




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  • Daniel W

    I will admit that this house is a bit overpriced (I’d price it around 7-8), but I want to clear some things up because I think as a blogger you need to be a little less subjective, especially when discussing areas and real estate markets that you clearly don’t know anything about.

    I first want to address your comment that this house should be “on a MUCH larger lot and in a more prestigious area.” What you’ve said about lot size is highly debatable and neither you nor I can make an objective judgement. Lot size tends to fluctuate largely throughout Bethesda, but as you get closer into downtown Bethesda (this house is walking distance to the Bethesda Row metro) lot size drops to an average of roughly 7,000 square feet. One of the reasons this neighborhood (Edgemoor) has so many large but often quant looking homes is that the lots tend to be larger than the other areas surrounding downtown Bethesda averaging around 10,000 square feet. To criticize the lot size of this house is to unfairly neglect the value of location and proximity. Sure you can move out to potomac and be able to afford 2 acres+, but this house is in downtown Bethesda. Implying that it is nearly impossible for a house on a lot that size, right in downtown Bethesda (and right across the DC boarder), to be worth $10M is unfair and shows that you don’t know the DC area very well.

    The other mistake that you made was to imply that Edgemoor is not very prestigious area. This is just false. I want you to name one neighborhood (not individual street, or town/city in general) in Montgomery county that you can objectively say is more prestigious. Edgemoor is one of the finest in MoCo and this is just a fact. It’s as prestigious as it gets. If you knew anything about the DC area real estate market, you would know that Edgemoor is absolutely one of the top 10 nicest neighborhoods. Narrowing in on Bethesda, Edgemoor is one of two of the nicest areas depending on your opinion (the other one being the neighborhood surrounding the house Arrowood Road that you posted; that road in particular has many houses approaching the 10 million mark).

    The final thing I’d like to say is that if you think that this house obviously towers over the neighbors and looks out of place in the neighborhood (either stylistically or size wise), then you haven’t seen it in person or driven through the neighborhood. Edgemoor is so diverse in terms of custom homes and renovations that no particular style looks out of place. In addition, the architect did a wonderful job making the house look quant and smaller than it is on the outside (something that you will never see in ostentatious potomac). This house does not tower over the neighbors and it looks very appropriate for its setting from the street.




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  • Dan K

    Yes, Edgemoor is ONE of the prestigious areas in Montgomery County MD (which includes Bethesda MD, Chevy Chase MD, and Potomac MD). However, the Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Potomac areas have a number of prestigious neighborhoods where the rich and famous live. In light of the recent tournament, Congressional Country Club has received much attention; as well as the impressive estates surrounding the country club (much like this home that was recently on the market http://dankrell.com/realestate/2012/02/home-for-sale-congressional-country-club-dr-bethesda-md/)




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