One of Virginia’s Priciest Homes Hits the Market for $25 Million

Phyllis Patterson


Constructed in 1973 by descendants of the notable Lee and Bowman families, this French Provincial masterpiece occupies approximately 4 acres of pristine land and is renowned for being one of the most significant estates on the prestigious Crest Lane. For over five decades, Stratford House has been a sought-after destination for fine entertaining, welcoming guests from all over the world.

All Photos courtesy of Townsend Visuals

As visitors approach the estate, they are greeted by a striking sight: a Squirrel and Acorn statue, emblematic of the Lee family crest, introducing them to the grandeur that lies beyond. The expansive pea gravel parking court can accommodate up to 30 cars, with additional parking available outside the courtyard. Upon entering the estate, guests find themselves in a large reception hall, dominated by a grand staircase leading to the upper level. The true essence of Stratford House is immediately apparent.

The heart of Stratford House is undoubtedly its grand two-story living room, adorned with an antique marble fireplace and intricate details that showcase the craftsmanship of a bygone era. 

Stepping through French doors onto the terrace, guests are treated to unobstructed views of the meticulously manicured gardens and the majestic Potomac River. Stratford House is celebrated for offering some of the most expansive river views on Crest Lane, and the living room provides the perfect vantage point. Adjacent to the living room, a rich, mahogany-paneled library beckons with built-in bookcases and another antique marble fireplace. Glass-paneled doors lead to an octagonal-shaped solarium, capturing both the morning light and evening sunsets over the Potomac River. This wing of the house also houses two spacious first-floor guest rooms, each with its own en-suite bath, ensuring privacy and comfort for both homeowners and guests.

The east wing of Stratford House boasts a gracious dining room adorned with exquisite hand-painted wallpaper from Gracie Studio, featuring a stunning botanical design on a silver leaf background. French doors open to a patio, offering flexibility for hosting both intimate dinner parties and grand gatherings. This wing also includes a second octagonal sitting room with a fireplace, designed to capture the morning sun and provide the perfect setting for sipping coffee while watching the sunrise over the Potomac.

Nearby, a spacious kitchen, butler's pantry, laundry room, and staff dining room cater to the practical needs of day-to-day living. For added convenience, a separate two-bedroom staff quarters, complete with its own kitchen and living room, is easily accessible from an outside entrance. Upstairs, the spacious master suite is a true retreat, featuring two sitting rooms, each with its own fireplace, separate full baths, dressing rooms, and ample storage. A large terrace off the master suite provides sweeping views of the gardens and the river below. An additional guest room is also located on this level.

Outside, the terraced garden leads to a bluff overlooking the Potomac River, offering 360-degree views of the river. Adjacent to the garden, a large pool and terrace provide a private and serene retreat, perfect for relaxation and outdoor gatherings.

Stratford House, an extraordinary estate property, is now available for the first time in over fifty years. Located just minutes from downtown Washington, D.C., yet enveloped in a level of privacy rarely found in such close proximity to the city, this historic gem presents a unique opportunity to embrace the next generation of gracious living and elegant entertaining. Stratford House, with its rich history, breathtaking views, and timeless elegance, is ready to welcome a new chapter in its storied legacy.

1260 Crest Lane

McLean, Virginia 22101

Offered at $25,000,000

8 Bedrooms, 5 Full Bathrooms & 2 Half Bathrooms

Listed by Mark Lowham, Phyllis Patterson, and Cynthia Steele Vance

TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

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The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving the community of Alexandria, VA for more than 30 years.

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