A 12,000-square-foot mansion for sale in Potomac, Maryland has many amenities that would make it a very comfortable home. It hosts five bedrooms, a large library, a heated pool, and tennis courts.
And a basement Christmas town.
The previous owners of the house created a slice of main street Americana, with fifteen storefronts, cobblestone streets, and vintage cars. Among the facades are a post office, a massage parlor, a sporting goods store and a cozy-looking inn kitted out with a working bathroom. The faux town also has a movie theater with a marquee showing “The Exorcist” and “Mary Poppins,” which makes for one of the odder pairings of cinema that we can imagine. The area has gingerbread houses and other seasonal touches to compliment the aesthetic.
“It’s an interesting owner. He’s kind of a funny guy,” listing agent Lori Leasure tells Today. “He has a very interesting sense of humor, and he wanted something different in his basement. He wanted to make it fun.”
“When [the owner’s three kids] were growing up, in their teen years, this was a fun place to have parties,” Leasure, of Washington Fine Properties, says. “He always joked to me that they could have parties down there and he could just kind of hose down the basement floor when they were done. It’s just a really fun place.” It’s since become a go-to spot for Christmas get-togethers.
Even if basement party spaces are not your thing, there are lots of other cool details to the home. The foyer features a grand staircase, the music room has a Steinway piano, there are floor-to-ceiling bookcases in the library, every bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and there are not one but two formal dining areas. Also in the basement is a separate TV room with billiards tables, a fireplace and a TV, as well as a hidden garage.
The owner's eccentricities can be seen in his other for-sale property in Easton, Maryland has an airplane hanging from the ceiling.
“One of his hobbies is flying; he’s a pilot,” Leasure says. “It’s unbelievable. It’s really unbelievable.”
I would love to be a rich weirdo.