Become a Village Person With This Potomac Manse

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Is it still May? Did I miss summer altogether and now it’s Christmas and Christmas village time?

Guys, this stay-at-home lifestyle, turns out, means you have no real concept of time. I’m writing this and just hoping it’s somewhere close to Wednesday and I didn’t Rip Van Winkle my sourdough-making self into August.

So when this gorgeous mansion in Potomac, Maryland, scooted into my email inbox, at first I was just loving the house porn.

It’s a lovely home. Truly. Maybe a little dated in parts, but it’s bright, spacious, and well appointed.

And huge -— boasting seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms in the main house, a guest house with two bedrooms and a full bath, a pool house with a full kitchen and bath.

Also on the four-acre plot is a lighted, newly resurfaced tennis court and a heated pool, as well as some beautiful grounds .

So as I’m scrolling through pictures, I’m writing the “thanks but this is just a really nice mansion near D.C.” email in my head, when I see it.


All of it.


Yes, if you’re wondering like I was, that’s an entire little village in the basement. Like, the upstairs wasn’t idyllic enough, so let’s create a whole little village underneath our house, and even store some classic cars in this little village.


I mean, I guess it does take a village to be happy at your home?

Anyway, this particular tiny town boasts a movie theater, a game room disguised as a pub, a playroom disguised as a toy store, and a Christmas tree in case you’re hating life above ground and want to live somewhere where it’s Christmas year-round.

Of course, being master of this kind of domain isn’t cheap — the whole property will set you back $4.5 million. Want to see more? Click here. Want to catch up on Wednesday WTF? Click here.

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Adlene Neely Dealey

Adlene has been a real estate writer for the better half of a decade, but only recently came to to write our Wednesday WTF column. Have a doozy of a listing not fit for public consumption? She wants to see it.

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  1. Rabbi Hedda LaCasa says

    An authentic interior street installation of 18th and 19th century shop facades is included in the comprehensive collection of American, pre-industrial decorative arts of the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, outside of Wilmington Delaware. Barbara Streisand created an interior lane of early 19th century shops within her Malibu home. And now the owners of the Potomac Manse have created their own interior Main Street, complete with a cinema screening of an inspired double feature. However, the Rabbi desires to confirm that this house is truly a manse; i.e., a dwelling occupied by a Presbyterian minister.

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