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(Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

A 40,000-square-foot residence in Potomac, Md.

Philanthropists Frank Islam, 63, and Debbie Driesman, 61, devoted nearly six years to building the grand estate.

    Where We Live | Truxton Circle

    In this sliver straddling NW and NE, the pros and cons of gentrification are on clear display.

      Townes at Falls Grove offers townhouses at decent price

      The development in Manassas, Va., features classic homes with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

      House of the Week

      House of the Week | Bunny Mellon’s Upperville estate for $70M

      Oak Spring Farms, a 2,000-acre property, includes equestrian facilities, a working dairy farm, a private airstrip and a guest cottage where the Kennedys stayed.

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      Housing sale trends in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

      Explore real estate trends from the last 10 years of property sales in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

      Benefits of solar panels clear after two years

      Benefits of solar panels clear after two years

      Homeowner is saving more than $2,000 annually and expects to recoup investment in 10 years.

      Market heats up in D.C. and Prince George’s, but cools in Northern Virginia

      Market heats up in D.C. and Prince George’s, but cools in Northern Virginia

      Overall, sales in the region will slow for the remainder of the year.

      Rent or buy? Running the numbers on a Bethesda condominium

      Rent or buy? Running the numbers on a Bethesda condominium

      We compare a property that is for rent and for sale to see which is the better deal.

      Town Square | Amenity-rich apartments in Rockville open

      Town Square | Amenity-rich apartments in Rockville open

      Also waterfront estate on Eastern Shore lists for $6.75 million.

      D.C. open houses Sept. 27-28

      D.C. open houses Sept. 27-28

      A list of properties in the District that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

      Virginia open houses Sept. 27-28

      Virginia open houses Sept. 27-28

      A list of properties in Virginia that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

      Maryland open houses Sept. 27-28

      Maryland open houses Sept. 27-28

      A list of properties in Maryland that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

      Fannie, Freddie limit mortgages by using old FICO models

      Fannie, Freddie limit mortgages by using old FICO models

      Critics say it should be easier for worthy applicants — many of them minorities — to qualify for loans.

      Avoiding friction where ‘family’ property is concerned

      A reader recounts her experience and her decision regarding purchasing a ‘family’ property

      House Lawyer: Rules ease sting of ‘zombie foreclosures’

      House Lawyer: Rules ease sting of ‘zombie foreclosures’

      New Fannie Mae lending guidelines let borrowers get back in the home-buying game in as little as two years.

      Where We Live neighborhoods

      Rock Spring

      The car is king in this part of Arlington County, where pretty much everything is a single-family house.

      Deale

      The Maryland town was sleepy, before D.C.-area residents discovered it.

      Langdon

      The Northeast Washington neighborhood may lack flash, but yards are big and prices are small.

      Courthouse

      Arlington County planners have turned their attention to improving the neighborhood’s central square.