January 25th, 2020

A Modern Mansion in Washington, D.C., Inspired by Old-World Italian Design

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Listing of the Day

Location: Forest Hills, Washington, D.C.

Price: $15 million

While its name, Palazzo della Felicita—the Palace of Happiness—conjures up images of Italy, this massive 11-bedroom home is actually located in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Washington, D.C.

Architectural developers Realington and SD Homes collaborated on the project and completed construction on the home earlier this year.

“Any upper-bracket buyer will realize from the overall quality of materials and the design that it is unlike any other home in the area,” said Marc Fleisher of The Fleisher Group. “The limestone, which came from Italy, is more than two times the thickness you generally see in other multimillion-dollar properties.”

The house’s facade was constructed using three-and-a-half-inch natural limestone blocks. The materials were imported from the Apulia region in Italy, which has for centuries supported the building of some of the world’s most beautiful structures.

According to Mr. Fleisher, another 500 pieces of the limestone were used to create the 30-foot tall, custom-designed dome over the home’s foyer. “Its design was actually modeled on the Pantheon,” Mr. Fleisher said. “It’s a sensational entry into the home.”

The foyer leads to the home’s great room on the main floor, which is flanked by the kitchen, dining room, family room, library, office and one bedroom. The master bedroom suite, three bedrooms and a laundry room are found on the next floor up, while the top floor has a large game room with a terrace, a sitting room and two more bedrooms.

There is also a 1,180-square-foot guest house with two bedrooms and three full bathrooms, which Mr. Fleisher said is a unique attribute for properties in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

“And the garage holds eight to 10 cars and has electric car chargers and security cameras,” Mr. Fleisher said. “That’s very rare in D.C.—with most homes you are lucky to find a three-car garage.”


The 10,430-square-foot home sits on a 0.4-acre lot and has 11 bedrooms, 12 full bathrooms and five partial bathrooms.


The home’s lower level houses a world of luxury spots, which include a complete spa with a sauna and hot tub, a massage room, a state-of-the-art gym, a professional wine cellar, a game room, a secure safe room and a pet-washing station. There is also a two-bedroom staff quarters that includes a gourmet kitchen and a laundry area.

In the backyard, there is a 15-foot-by-35-foot heated pool with three waterfalls. The adjacent two-story pool house has an area for entertaining as well as two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

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Neighborhood Notes

The property is located in one of Washington D.C.’s most popular neighborhoods, as it is just minutes away from Rock Creek Park and downtown. According to Mr. Fleisher, the government of Kuwait owns the neighboring property; the government of Italy owns another nearby and their ambassador is in residence.

Agent: Marc Fleisher, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

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