This proposed mega mansion, dubbed Chateau La Vie, will be built at 7201 Dulany Drive in McLean, VA. It will be designed by the renowned Harrison Design Associates (based in Atlanta, GA) and built by Noble Building and Design. It is going to be modeled after Mark Hawn’s mansion in Atlanta, GA. It will feature approximately 28,000 square feet of living space with 8 bedrooms and 9 full and 3 half bathrooms. Other features will include a 10-car garage, swimming pool with pool house and a tennis court. It is listed at a steep $32,000,000, making it the most expensive home in the area by a long-shot……and it’s not even built yet!!

  • Daniel

    Ain’t nothin’ worth that much in McLean.




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    • Kenny Forder

      I know, they’re crazy thinking they can get that much.




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      • george

        I think the pricing reflects a desire for free press, not reality.




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      • Tony

        I think the price is based on construction cost. Most of those houses in Mcclean are made of crap. If this house is made on the level of a Le Belvedere or a Palais des Anges then the construction costs alone could be at least $25,000,000. I know these builders get their materials for pennies on the dollars and then inflate the amount that they claim they spent building these mansions, but Mohamed Hadid for example claimed he spent $59,000,000 just on the construction of Le Belvedere, I don’t think that even counted land. So if it is made of real quality material and considering the square footage it could cost a substantial amount to build this home. A billionaire wanting a trophy property in the area may be willing to pay big bucks. Maybe more like $20,000,000 though, not $32,000,000. I know most people on here don’t seem to know much about quality but there is a difference between houses like the cheap crap Joe Gorga lives in and a home like Fluer Dy Lys. If this home is almost 30,000 square feet and it is on caliber with Fluer Dy Lys as far as quality it could cost in the 10’s of millions just for construction costs alone. Remember this same house in Palm Beach or The Hamptons or Beverly Hills would be over $60,000,000 easily because of the added value of the land.




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    • NOVA Ben

      You’re overstepping a bit by saying there’s nothing worth that much in McLean. There are some properties worth that much. This one will not be one of them, but still.




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      • Daniel

        Okay, if the home somewhat resembles this and is of the same quality, then maybe you’re right. Still, $30 million is a LOT of money and would get you in a VERY nice home in the best parts of the country…

        http://www.harrisondesignassociates.com/projects/view/26#img_225|




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        • NOVA Ben

          You’re absolutely right and I’m with you. I doubt this home will be worth anywhere near the asking price, I just had a knee-jerk defending-my-home-turf moment. The only homes that might be worth this amount in McLean would be located on Chain Bridge Rd. overlooking the Potomac or perhaps on another road that has Potomac frontage. I don’t think there’s anything non-riverfront that could get even close to $30m.




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  • Grrrowler

    Another bloated white elephant pseudo-classical spec house in the eight-figure price range. This is just what the world needs. Having the word “Chateau” in the name just adds to the appeal.




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  • marc22

    In the right hands you know this could be something special, but all those architects, John Russell Pope, Delano & Aldrich, Horace Trumbauer, Mckim, Mead & white, etc, to name but a few, are all long dead and buried.

    You just know something is going to go terribly wrong here and this bloated place is going to look more at home on a dry, sandy inland lot in central Florida than anywhere in Virginia. I am predicting a double bridal stair rising in the entrance hall.




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  • rob

    Drawings always look better than the final product




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  • architect121

    I have a LITTLE faith, only because Harrison is very well known and respected in ghe world of residential archtecture. I will hold my tongue until I see the finished product.




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  • Chris

    I’ll have to wait and see on this one.




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  • NOVA Ben

    I can only think that the persistently strong real estate market in the DC area is encouraging this build, but this is still a dicey prospect, even leaving out the proposed asking price. That price is WAY heavy, and there’s still plenty of time for things to go wrong, whether it’s the construction, the sale or something else. I’ll be curious to see how this goes down, and who knows, maybe a stunning home will emerge at the other end. We’ll see.




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  • Joseph

    When will people learn that Mega-mansions are not economical and are extremely risky investments. Unless used correctly, homes of this size are completely pointless anyways.




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  • Lonnie

    I can’t wait to see if Noble Building and Design will do this mansion justice. I know Dulany Drive very well and must say this home will be out of place.




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  • Lonnie

    Builders in the DMV have a bad habit of putting mega mansions in places they don’t belong!




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    • NOVA Ben

      You have to remember, though, that undeveloped pieces of land are EXTREMELY scarce in McLean, and surrounding towns, and are only getting rarer with every day that passes. This means that if you want to build a very large home, you’re stuck between either finding the perfect vacant lot (very hard to do), or tearing down an existing home. So yes, this home will be out of place in that regard, but half of the homes on Dulany would fit into the category of tear-down, so perhaps it won’t be so out of place in 10-years’ time.




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  • Eric

    This house is going to be built right next to 1322 Balls Hill Rd, pretty cool! I can’t wait to see the outcome of the project.




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