A Renaissance Palace-Inspired Mansion for sale in Virginia
August 13, 2013 - Virginia
Commodities investor and carbon trader Frank Fernandez-Asin and his wife, Katherine Jiwan Kim, have listed their 15,635-square-foot home on Virginia's "Gold Coast" for $15 million.
Local real estate agents say it is one of the highest priced homes on the market in McLean, Va., which is a 10-minute drive from Washington, D.C.
Built in 2011, the house has six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and seven outdoor living areas. On the main floor, there is a two-story foyer with an oval skylight, a formal living room that opens through French doors onto a terrace, a mahogany-paneled library with white oak herringbone flooring and an eat-in kitchen with pearl wood quartzite counters.
Upstairs, a master suite opens onto a terrace with sweeping views of the Potomac. On the lower level, there is a wet bar decorated with bullfighting memorabilia, a 15-seat home theater with stadium-style seating, a game room and a fitness center with glass walls.
A 30-foot-long underground tunnel is intended to connect the main home to a planned complex in the second, empty lot.
The owners completed plans for a swimming pool, tennis court, indoor basketball court and guesthouse on that lot, but didn't build them. That lot can be sold separately.
Mr. Fernandez-Asin and his wife paid $4.125 million for the waterfront property at the end of 2008, according to public records, combining two separate lots to create the current 3.22-acre parcel.
On one of the lots, they commissioned Maryland architect Richard Foster to design a home, which is inspired by the Renaissance palaces of Northern Spain built during the 15th and 16th centuries.
The home's exterior is made from hand-chiseled limestone that was crafted by Portuguese masons flown in during construction.
Wall sconces and candelabras were imported from Spain; there is Tuscan beige limestone in the main foyer and gallery halls.
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