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  • Limedaiquar

    Oh lord.

  • Mark


    I was boasting to my wife that you did not use the word boast in your description. Way to go. 😉 I knew you could do it.

    • Kenny Forder

      LOL, too funny.

  • Brian

    I suppose that by 2015, the price will have ratcheted up to $7.9M. Estimated eventual sale price $2.4M.

  • Grrrowler

    I truly wish it were possible to un-see this. There are so many things wrong with it that I don’t have time in my day to list them all.

    It being Friday, I’d like to not go into the weekend on a completely negative note so I will say that the views away from the house look very nice; the wooded setting looks tranquil. I imagine anyone living here would spend a lot of time looking out, away from the house…as far away as possible.

    • Joejoe509

      LOL!! Ouch!! C’mon Grrrowler… it’s not all bad! Ok… maybe it is, but it’s far from the worst I’ve seen. It doesn’t make me hurl and there’s something to be said for that. I too don’t want to waste my lunchtime with this home. My biggest overall complaint is this house tries way too hard, but accomplishes nothing. It’s not special and it’s not unique even though I’m sure the owners/builders thought differently. The yellow interior paint is pretty disgusting. Wow. Come to think of it, I don’t see a single room that I really like. The staging/furnishings are miserable. 6-car garage? It looks like a tandem 6 -car garage which isn’t quite the same thing, but I suppose it’s still kinda cool. How does the price double in three years on a house like this?? Sure the backyard/view is nice, but what’s with that ugly dark brown structure (guest house?)?! Yuck! If you’re looking to sell a house, how about perking up the yellow grass a little bit before taking a picture? And worst of all… it’s damn close to being a McMansion.

      If I had to say something positive… It’s not the worst. I kinda like the entry steps and the backyard is decent. I also like the rock wall that encloses the backyard.

      • Grrrowler

        I love how you start off with “It’s not that bad” and then spend the next 175 words pointing out how really bad it is! When the best you can say about a house is that it’s not the worst, it’s pretty terrible.

        • Joejoe509

          Lol. Yeah I did kinda ramble a bit, sorry. It happens. 🙂 I more or less agreed with you – maybe not to the extend of “wish it were possible to un-see this” but pretty darn close.

  • ZigZagBoom

    “I truly wish it were possible to un-see this.”

    LMAO! So true! It’s revolting. I think to myself…there are actually architects who get paid to design this stuff? Will be purchased by some nouveau-riche beltway bandit who made millions charging the Pentagon $283 for a hammer. The suburbs of DC are where it really becomes pure trash. North of there, one still sees some civilized-looking mansions being built in places like the Main Line, Bucks Co., Short Hills I guess, Westchester Co., Greenwich, Weston MA, etc. The new money just never gets educated in the ways of taste. There are some nice vintage mansions in DC itself, but many have been torn down. I would love to have seen Connecticut Avenue when Eugene Mayer’s huge house was still there, just north of the Uptown Theater IIRC.

    At least the garage doesn’t face forward…

  • Daniel

    We’ve seen much worse, but this is far from pleasing. The smoked-gouda yellow is the most offensive part. Then come the furnishings. The exterior is also pretty bad.

  • Sam

    The outside isn’t terrible, but the two wings coming off the house are very plain. The back side of the house actually isn’t that bad, but the whole inside is just horrid. It looks like someone threw up over all the walls in every room of the house! Maybe there was a paint sale on all the ugliest paint colors…

  • NOVA Ben

    For anyone who’s interested or cares, this home was designed and built by the same people who did the home on Sugarland Rd. in Herndon, VA that Kenny posted on a few weeks back. This home displays a lot of the same problems that that house did, but this one is in a more desirable location (but of course the price reflects that).

    I’m not sure what attachment the current owner has to that nauseating shade of yellow, but it’s really awful, and most of the home is that color. Design-wise, there’s nothing interesting going on here, and as Joejoe said, it tries way too hard without accomplishing anything. Like the Herndon home from before, the facade (although a little more interesting in itself) has too little variation in materials and color, and the landscaping is lackluster at best.

    The location is actually very decent, it’s pretty private and Bellview Rd. is one of those roads that might make you believe you’re much further from mass civilization than you really are, which is nice. Overall, nice location, terrible home.

  • lambskin

    Even the pool sucks.

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