An expansive, historic piece of McLean property once owned by the late Ted Kennedy has sold for $9.5 million.
"Quietly obscured at the end of a winding drive on 6.5 gently rolling acres with park like setting, this historically significant property presents a rare opportunity for new construction. Sheltered from Chain Bridge Road with expansive grounds and spectacular Potomac River views from both lots, let the alluring sounds & expansive Potomac River views capture your imagination and live your dream," according to its listing on Zillow.com.
Long & Foster listed the property for $9.8 million in January. It was listed for 238 days before the buyer closed in October.
The 6.52-acre property, divided into two parcels at 634 and 636 Chain Bridge Road, contains a contemporary, 7,520-square-foot home with 10 bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and one half-bath.
The home features a pool, tennis court and views of the Potomac River — in fact, most pictures of the property over the years have only been of those views and the wooded area of the lots. It was built in 1968 and sold as "needs work," according to Long & Foster.
The buyer requested anonymity and the transaction represents the highest-priced sale in Fairfax County this year, according to the Washington Business Journal.
The buyer paid cash when closing the deal, according to Long & Foster. The new owners plan to build on the property, so the existing building could be joined by another structure, according to Curbed DC.
The property has been listed with other firms over the last several years, according to the Business Journal.
The two parcels last sold together in May 1997 for $5,888,888.
The buyer will be in good company: Neighbors include the three most expensive homes in the greater Washington area — including homes owned by former AOL moguls Steve Case and Jim Kimsey. The Case property was the childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
The video above offers a few glimpses of the former Ted Kennedy property. It was produced by Washington Fine Properties, which had the listing in 2012.