AOL’s cofounder just sold his $45 million 2-mansion Virginia estate — now the most expensive DC-area home ever

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  • This riverfront estate outside of Washington, DC was once owned by AOL cofounder James V. Kimsey.
  • It just sold $45 million, the most expensive sale ever in the DC area, according to reports.
  • The estate consists of two buildings, a larger main residence, and a historic, smaller guest house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
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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.
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Along the entrance is access to an underground parking garage, which can fit 30 cars.

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

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Front door to the main building.
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Inside, a two-story living room has river views.

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

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Living room.
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Source: The Wall Street Journal


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

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

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Library.
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The library also has a wet bar.

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

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

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

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

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

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Outdoor terrace.
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… plus an infinity pool and spa.

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

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Outside.
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Source: The Wall Street Journal


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

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The Marden House.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Large windows let in natural light.

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

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

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Private garden.
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The estate’s vantage point on a hill overlooking the Potomac takes advantage of beautiful views.

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House exterior.
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