The $100 Million Weekend House

  • The $100,000,000 Weekend House

    For many, a little shack at the beach, a condo in the mountains or maybe a few acres where they can ride a horse would be more than enough to satisfy their weekend home dreams. For others, those with bigger dreams and much deeper pockets, there is Albemarle House in rural Charlottesville, Va., available at the heart-stopping high price of $100 million. That’s right, there are eight zeros in that price.
    When Bigger Is Better
  • When Bigger Is Better

    The beautifully bucolic and stately home, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains about three hours outside of Washington and not far from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, spreads out over approximately 300 foxhunt-friendly acres. According to listing information, the brick-built, Georgian-style English country manor measures more than 23,000 square feet and contains an astounding 45 rooms including eight bedrooms and 13 full and two half bathrooms.
    A Divorcees Dream
  • A Divorcees Dream

    Completed in 1985, the lavish estate was designed by noted architectural classicist David Easton for philanthropist, winemaker and current owner Patricia Kluge, who was granted the palatial property in 1990 as part of her reported billion dollar divorce settlement from media mogul and multi-billionaire John Kluge. No expense was spared on the labor-intensive finishes or the fine furniture.
    Versailles in Virginia
  • Versailles in Virginia

    The capacious public rooms, which have more in common with Versailles than the average American home, include living and dining rooms with wide-plank wood floors, elaborate moldings and plaster ceiling details, glittering crystal chandeliers, fireplaces with antique surrounds and more than enough furniture to fill an auction house at Sotheby’s.
    Indoor Entertainment Aplenty
  • Indoor Entertainment Aplenty

    In addition to a theater large enough to host a Hollywood premier — OK, it’s not really that big, but it is humongous — other indoor entertainments spaces at Albemarle House include a library, recreation room with spa and sauna, a card room and an in-home fitness center.
    Get Your Marie Antoinette On
  • Get Your Marie Antoinette On

    The extensive acreage surrounding Albemarle House encompasses three ponds, a swimming pool and pool house, a greenhouse, formal gardens, a croquet lawn, stables, enough room for polo matches, several staff cottages and an authentic log cabin where the wildly rich owners can have their own Marie Antoinette "let’s pretend we’re peasants" moment.
    A Golf Course, If You Please
  • A Golf Course, If You Please

    The new owner may choose to install the 18-hole golf course that’s already been designed for the property by Arnold Palmer. The Albemarle House grounds currently include a chapel where Ms. Kluge’s mother is buried, but that part of the estate is not included in the sale nor is the approximately 2,000 other acres of vineyard, forest and pasture lands of which Ms. Kluge will retain ownership.
    Want in?
  • Want in?

    For More information on Albemarle House, currently listed for sale with an asking price of $100 million, contact Michael Rankin (202)333-1212 at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in Washington, D.C. Photos Courtesy of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
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