july / august 2008
Inspired by 15th-century chateaux in France, Chateau Noble de McLean is an extraordinary handcrafted residence featuring the finest materials and Old World construction techniques. Located on a beautifully landscaped 2.05-acre lot in the center of old McLean, Virginia, this 25,000-square-foot neo-Renaissance/baroque chateau rises grandly behind its wrought-iron gated entry, and is crowned with a copper and slate roof. The centerpiece of the residence is a coffered dome that rises 34 feet above the spectacular main staircase with an ornate hand-wrought balustrade. A magnificent chandelier hangs from the dome’s center, illuminating its hand-applied, gold-leafed coffers. On the left of the hall is the formal dining salon, which seats 24. Along the center rear of the property is the grand salon, with a ceiling approximately 30 feet high. All public rooms feature parquet de Versailles flooring in a warm walnut finish. The home boasts 11 HVAC zones, a pre-wired Creston System for security (camera, audio and fire), a Cad5 fiber optic phone and cable system, a five-car garage, an emergency generator and a Lutron lighting control system.
Luxurious spaces include a mahogany-clad library, an in-home fitness center, a media room/home theater, a wine cellar/grotto and staff quarters. The home features eight bedrooms, eight full baths and three half baths.
Chateau Noble de McLean is listed by Tutt Taylor and Rankin Sothebys International Realty at $17.5 million. For more information, call 202-333-1212.
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