Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and his wife, Tanya, are selling the first house they ever owned in the Washington area. And the dealmaker with the burgundy-and-gold touch is expecting to benefit from the hot housing market: He's asking $5.395 million, or almost $3.5 million more than they paid a decade ago.
No, we're not talking about the spectacular 14-acre Potomac estate that the family picked up in 2001 from a trust established by Jordan's King Hussein.
That riverfront property, with its 13,000-square-foot main house and two other structures, cost the Snyders $10 million and is now likely worth a couple million more, according to real estate agents. (It has been in the news of late because of a flap over whether the Snyders have gone too far in trimming trees along the river.)
Rather, the property that went on the market last weekend is the family's smaller, 8,000-square-foot Bethesda home, which continued to serve them while they renovated the big house. The renovations were complete in October.
The buyers of chez Snyder junior will be getting a good deal, Tanya Snyder said in an interview this week. The Snyders have spent "more than $2 million" to update the Bethesda property, which they bought as a new house in 1995, she said.
"Every single aspect of it has been upgraded," she said. There is new hardscaping and landscaping, a new outdoor pool with cabana and double-decker deck, a 3,000-bottle wine cellar and a professionally equipped kitchen. One of the family's first big changes was to add an electronic gate back in 2001 after an area radio shock jock banged on the door early one morning and sought to interview the sleepy Snyder on air.
Some buyers might just enjoy the idea of relaxing in the style of the former celebrity residents. For example, there is a home theater, where the family "watched the other teams' games during the week," Tanya Snyder said. There is a high-definition projector and receiver, plus a club area with a mahogany bar with brass foot rails, fluted trim and five leather footstools, she said.
"We love the location of the house. It's very convenient to 495" and other highways, she said, that connect the hard-charging Redskins owner and his family to their business, community and philanthropic activities.
"We just simply outgrew" it, she said.
The property, listed by Marsha M. Schuman of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Potomac, has seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, three half-baths, four fireplaces, a formal dining room and living room, a two-story family room, a library, a walk-out recreation room, a music room, an exercise room and a kitchen with two side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezers, two dishwashers, a Viking stainless-steel professional range and a separate oven.
Outside are a heated swimming pool and separate spa, a pool house, a pavilion with lights, a covered slate patio with brick arches and a children's play set.
The house has five zones of heating and air conditioning and a backup power system, added Schuman.
"We put extra cooling in the kitchen so there would be no sweating chefs" at big events, said Tanya Snyder. "It got to be a private joke," she added. "Wherever we could put money in the house we did."
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