Location: 1174 Old Tolson Mill Road, McLean, VA

Square Footage: 12,250

Bedrooms & Bathrooms: 6 bedrooms & 10 bathrooms

Price: $6,750,000

This brick/stone mansion with columned entrance is located at 1174 Old Tolson Mill Road in McLean, VA and is situated on 2 landscaped acres. It was built in 2010 and features approximately 12,250 square feet of living space with 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 2-story foyer with grand y-shaped staircase (which seems to be popular in Virginia/Maryland homes), formal living and dining rooms, large gourmet kitchen with two islands and butler’s pantry, family room, 2-story great room, music room, paneled home office, private balcony off master suite with hot tub and fireplace, lower level family room, gym with sauna and steam room, home theater, billiards room, 5-car garage and more.

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  • Chris

    Gosh, what is with the mansions in McLean? Its such a shame to see a city with so much wealth have so many awfully designed mansions.




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    • Kenny Forder

      Couldn’t agree more. They have somewhat nice exteriors….but with horribly decorated, boring, beige interiors.




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      • Chris

        Exactly!




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    • GeorgetownHoya

      It’s heinous, isn’t it?

      It’s strange because there are some magnificently crafted and designed homes in DC and Bethesda/Chevy Chase. It’s almost like the Potomac is some kind of magical barrier that keeps competent architects, interior designers and decorators out of Mclean.




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      • Chris

        It does seem that way.




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  • Grrrowler

    This fits the mediocre mansion formula perfectly:

    1. Run-of-the-mill mouldings – check
    2. Uninspired Faux-French furniture – check
    3. Terrible marble tile floors – check
    4. Overdone draperies, including some hideous swags – check
    5. Common-looking overly-pale area rugs – check
    6. Almost everything in shades of beige or brown – check
    7. An unbalanced and confused exterior, including the requisite fluted columns – check




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  • Venom

    Awful and overpriced.




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  • Daniel

    Yawn.




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  • NOVA Ben

    Well, unfortunately all of the above posts are absolutely true. There is an unfortunate multitude of homes built to this formula in the McLean area. I’m tired of seeing them, but they keep getting built, and as far as I can tell they keep getting sold, mostly to the Indian/Middle Eastern population who seem to eat these up. And before anybody firebombs me for being “racist”, I’m simply stating a fact…this architectural style is what that segment of the population (which has large numbers in the DC area) seems to favor. To each his own, I just don’t share the same set of aesthetics.




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  • Eric

    This house is beautiful and all of the other houses in this area are as well. Stop being such a critic. Have you even seen these in person? The pictures do not show their true beauty. Terrible community of people on this website.




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    • NOVA Ben

      Well seeing as to how aesthetics are highly personal and subjective, it means that everyone is going to see it differently. I went out of my way to say that my assertion that this house is ugly and not at all unique represents my personal opinion, and others are free to differ in their opinion. Furthermore, the whole purpose of a blog is for people with different viewpoints to discuss their position on a given matter…the given matter here is homes. “Variety is the spice of life”…if everyone shared the same opinions, then I’ll wager we’d all live in very similar homes. But we don’t. The beauty of a blog such as this one, is the ability to tour homes that are very different from our own.

      Now, onto your assertion that this is a “terrible community of people on this website”. Considering that there are literally hundreds of thousands of websites in which you can see every variety of hatred, bigotry, ignorance and downright rudeness when you scroll down to the “comments” section, I’d say this website is a pretty damn good community of people. Perhaps it’s a community of discerning and hard-to-please people, but that in no way equates to “terrible”.

      And one more thing; yes, I HAVE seen these houses in person, and they’re just as ugly as they are in the pictures.

      Thanks for sharing!




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      • Eric

        Okay I admit I went a little too far calling it “terrible” but I have yet to see any positive comments on ANY house. All of the “opinions” are criticisms.




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        • NOVA Ben

          I understand what you’re saying. High-end homes are built by people with enough money to make their design as bespoke and unique as they want, which often means that the finished product ends up being to their unique liking and not necessarily to anyone else’s…hence the strong criticism. Two of this blog’s most prolific commenters, Grrrowler and Daniel, often have praise for various homes featured here, and I recall dozens of times where they have provided links to homes of the same architectural style as the subject home that they liked more. It’s just a matter of finding comments like those to see how this blog shines.




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          • ZigZagBoom

            We do leave positive comments when the houses are attractive instead of hideous.




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