Most Expensive Homes on the Market: A $10.5 Million Penthouse Condo in Bethesda

Published in Washingtonian. Article by Kay Wicker. Renderings by ADG.

The Lauren’s eighth-floor penthouse is poised to be a real-estate game changer. Though still under construction—it’s not slated for completion until spring of 2016—this Bethesda property just hit the market. And if it sells at (or near) its current listing price of $10.5 million, the 7,300-square-foot condo might wind up with the dubious honor of being the area’s most expensive apartment to date.

Here’s a rundown of the luxe amenities: The three-bedroom, five-bath unit features a private elevator that will open directly into the living space, a 600-square-foot grand salon, a gourmet kitchen outfitted with custom cabinetry and 48-inch hooded gas ranges, a 100-bottle wine chiller, and a spa-style master bath with natural stone detailing, an oversize soaking tub, and a rain shower. Plus there’s a private 1,500-square-foot terrace. If the place sells soon, the buyer will be able work with Miami architect Robert Swedroe and Washington interior designer Jeff Akseizer to select the condo’s custom finishes.

Beyond the spoils of this individual unit, the penthouse’s future residents will also gain access to the Lauren’s 3,000-square-foot terrace, a posh garden-level wine lounge—which includes a large-screen television, separate bar, and catering kitchen—plus valet parking and a fitness center.

Take a peek at the renderings below. Prospective buyers must reach out to listing agent David DeSantis directly; head to TTR Sotheby’s for contact details.


Luxurious, Large Condos coming to Bethesda

Published in The Washington Post. Article by Michele Lerner. Renderings by ADG.


Fancy owning a condo with direct access from your own private elevator? Sales are anticipated to begin this fall on The Lauren, a 40-unit upscale condo at 4901 Hampden Lane in downtown Bethesda.

The floor plans range in size from 1,444 to more than 6,000 square feet, with 29 units designated as “estate quality” condos that average more than 2,500 square feet of living space. These premier units will all have nine- and 10-foot-high ceilings, custom-designed cabinets, fireplaces, home automation systems and high-end finishes. Private elevators are available in 70 percent of The Lauren’s residences and many of the homes will have a private terrace. Prices are anticipated to range from $1.5 million to $5 million.

Building amenities will include a rooftop terrace for entertaining and an indoor entertaining space, each complete with private wine storage for residents and fully equipped catering kitchens. Concierge services will be provided for residents and their guests. Five guest suites that can be used for entertaining will also be sold to residents who want to purchase additional space at The Lauren.