Distinguished homes for sale in the D.C. region

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Hickory Ridge in Howard County | Hickory Ridge “is considered today one of the truly splendid homes built by the Maryland Ridgeleys,” Celia M. Holland wrote in her 1987 book “Old Homes and Families of Howard County, Maryland.” The 67-acre horse farm in Highland, Md., is listed at $9 million. (HomeVisit)

Distinguished homes for sale in the D.C. region

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Hickory Ridge in Howard County | Hickory Ridge “is considered today one of the truly splendid homes built by the Maryland Ridgeleys,” Celia M. Holland wrote in her 1987 book “Old Homes and Families of Howard County, Maryland.” The 67-acre horse farm in Highland, Md., is listed at $9 million. (HomeVisit)

Houses don’t tend to come with views that make you feel like you are closer to the clouds than the ground. And condos typically fall short of the spaciousness of a house. But the penthouse on the 19th floor of Turnberry Tower in Rosslyn easily marries spectacular scenery with roominess akin to a single-family abode.

With 15 rooms and 4,447-square-feet unfolded over a single level, the home is one of only five units this size in the luxury high-rise. The 26-story, 247-unit condominium is the tallest residential building in the Washington metropolitan area.

“You don’t find three-bedroom condos in this city, much less four bedrooms,” said listing agent Tammy Britt of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. “It’s just so much space. It’s absolutely single-family living on one floor.”

But while the penthouse’s generous size is remarkable, it is the views that command your attention, and the home is designed so that little impedes your enjoyment of the vista. An entire side of the unit is wrapped in glass and steel, providing a sweeping panorama of the Potomac River and Georgetown.

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As you step off the private elevator into the foyer, your eye is drawn to the formal living room bathed in natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the Rosslyn horizon.

The seller, who is the original owner of the unit, favored a traditional look and his taste is reflected throughout the home. Ornate crown molding and ceiling medallions draw your eye upward. Lavish arches in the doorways continue the theme. Wide-plank, hand-stained walnut floors ground the space. The bold white beams of the coffered ceiling bring dimension and character to a room.

The downside of most condos is the lack of outdoor living space. But at this penthouse, two terraces wrap around the unit and add a generous 900 square feet of outdoor living. Each balcony can be accessed from four rooms in the unit.

The upside of condo living is its carefree lifestyle. Turnberry Tower includes high-end amenities, such as a 24-hour concierge, a social room, a theater-screening room with full-service catering kitchen, an indoor pool and a fitness center. The unit comes with two assigned parking spots, but you never have to park your car yourself. Instead, you and your guests can hand the keys to a 24-hour valet.

The four-bedroom, five-bathroom penthouse is listed at $3.975 million. The monthly condo fee is $2,866.

Listing agent: Tammy Britt, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

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