Inside look at the $45 million dollar mansion Virginia estate once owned by AOL’s cofounder. The most expensive DC-area home ever

This estate, once owned by AOL cofounder James V. Kimsey, just became the most expensive home ever sold in the DC area at $45 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.


This estate, once owned by AOL cofounder James V. Kimsey, just became the most expensive home ever sold in the DC area at $45 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The three-acre estate has two homes, a large main residence built recently, and a smaller historic Frank Lloyd Wright design used as a guest house. In May 2018, the property went on sale for $62.95 million. Though it sold for far less than asking, it was still the priciest DC sale ever, breaking the earlier record set by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ childhood home at $43 million, the Journal reported.

The home was listed with Russell Firestone and Mark Lowham of Sotheby’s International Realty.

The main house is accessed via a private drive.

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Private drive. 

Along the entrance is access to an underground parking garage, which can fit 30 cars.

garage for 30 cars
Underground parking garage. 

The 3.2-acre estate is made for entertaining, with four kitchens and a champagne refrigerator.

2 courtyard
Front door to the main building. 

Inside, a two-story living room has river views.

Living room. 

The main house alone is over 24,000 square feet.

Living room. 

The interiors of the main house were designed by Thomas Pheasant, who also designed most of the custom furnishings.

Living room. 

A custom mahogany library in the home’s main rotunda is cozy and inviting with more views of the Potomac.


The library also has a wet bar.


Nearby is a lounge with access to the well-stocked wine cellar.

Wine Room
Wine lounge. 

A formal dining room is another space perfect for entertaining guests.

Dining room. 

The main house has six bedrooms, each with a private en-suite bathroom.

Piano landing. 

The master suite is located in a private wing of the main house, which also has a private study, sauna, Jacuzzi, and dressing room.

Master suite. 

The outdoor terrace offers yet another view of the Potomac..

Outdoor terrace. 

… plus an infinity pool and spa.

Infinity pool. 

Kimsey bought the property in 1999 for nearly $8 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.


In 2000, he bought The Marden House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, for $2.5 million.

Frank Lloyd Wright house
The Marden House. 

The house dates back to the 1950s, and is one of only a few Wright designs in Virginia.

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The Marden House dining room. 

Like the main house, it was designed to allow for stunning views of the river and natural landscape.

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The Marden House views. 

The guest house has some of Wright’s signature features, including using natural materials and incorporating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.

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The Marden House living room. 

Large windows let in natural light.

Frank Lloyd Wright
The Marden House. 

Outdoors, the southern side of the estate has a full-size tennis court.

Tennis court. 

Next to the tennis court is the private garden, with a path used to access the guest house.

1 pool river view Sean Shanahan photo credit
Private garden. 


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