White House For Sale...In McLean

5:11 PM, Apr 13, 2011   |    comments
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MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA) -- The White House is for sale for $4,650,000.  Not the famous one, but a live-in replica in McLean.  It's on Towlston Road off of Georgetown Pike. 

Chu Nguyen is the realtor hoping to sell the mansion.  The owner declined to be interviewed, but both owner and realtor are engineers and marvel at the solid structure and intricate design that Nguyen says was drawn to scale from blueprints of the real the White House. 

The home has 14-foot high ceilings, the same unique crown molding in the foyer.  It has six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, and two half baths.  It has a gym, a wine cellar, a home theater, an elevator and a party room for 100. 

The home has an Oval office complete with the yellow curtains. But instead of a desk, they've got a piano.  The stairs are made of marble that's been reinforced with steel underneath the steps.

Upstairs you'll find the Lincoln Bedroom and a bathroom with marble on the floor and walls. The home took seven years to design and build. The family of five moved in in 1996.

In the 1970s, the owner was studying engineering and philosophy in New Zealand.  When his studies were over, it was 1975 and he could not go back to his home in Vietnam because of the war.  American took him in as a refugee.  He quickly grew to love his new country. 

Nguyen says his client loved its history and opportunity. When he found success, he decided to build his own White House as a tribute to his adopted homeland.

Nguyen says he was surprised his client and friend would want to sell the beloved home he put so much of himself into, but has a good, common sense reason.

"It's just him and his wife. They're empty-nesters.  He is feeling a sense of isolation living in such a big house," says Nguyen.

The price is higher than the median price of homes in the 22102 zip code, which is $2,250,000. Still, they've had some nibbles after being listed for one week.  Nguyen says former Redskin Lavar Arrington inquired about the property but wasn't interested because he wanted more land. The White House in McLean is on 1.6 acres.

For intern jokes, see Amy Rose Dobson's article on Curbed.  We got the story from Tom Jackman's blog.

Peggy Fox

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