Nalin here,

We have our first Homes of the Rich reader showcase. This is a 15,000 sq. ft. house in the upscale DC suburb of Potomac, MD. The home was built in 2002, bought for $2.6 million and features 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. The house follows the standard mansion design seen in many homes on this site, but it has a few unique features. The home was custom built by another family who never moved in and left the home partially unfinished allowing this reader’s family to essentially custom finish the home to their liking. The main feature in the house is the security automation.

There is a secure communications room with all the wiring for automated lighting, security, in ceiling speakers, temperature control and video feeds from 4 cameras. The automation can be controlled using touchscreen pads throughout the house, a laptop or iPhones. The previous owner of the home, who never moved in, was the head of a technology firm so he decked the house out. This technology is being used more commonly now, but in 2002 it was very uncommon.

Another special part of the house are the chandeliers. The main foyer chandelier is a large crystal chandelier and the great room boasts a very large, custom, hand-made murano glass chandelier designed by Dale Chihuly’s factory in Murano Italy. The kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel kitchen appliances, and a walk-in pantry. Other main level amenities include: cherry paneled library, guest suite, security/communications room, fully finished 3 car garage with mud room.

The lower level is a great party venue with a bar/kitchen, DJ Booth (with ceiling speakers), Dance floor, pool table, travertine flooring, full home gym, music room, 9 seat home theater with 126 inch HD with Blu-Ray and BOSE surround sound, home office, heated pool/hot tub with speakers and outdoor dining area with kitchen.

On the upper floor there are 5 bedrooms and a 2nd more informal living room.

What do you think of our first official reader’s showcase? If you think you can beat it, send Kenny your house.