Get ready to take a stroll down… to the basement?
All-Brick Mansion Has a Surprise in the Basement
Sure, at first glance, this mansion in Potomac, Maryland looks like any other luxury home. But the home has been listed for sale, and the photos show that there’s quite the surprise hidden below.
Located at 11610 Highland Farm Road, this mansion in the prestigious Round Hill enclave of Potomac sits on the market at $4.5 million.
This stately property features an all-brick facade, well-maintained grounds, and multiple chimneys and gables. There’s also a two-bedroom guest house, a pool house, and a heated pool, plus a lighted tennis court.
Oh, and in case you need more land to go with your mansion, there is also an adjacent two-acre lot available, too.
Once inside the home, you’ll find 12,000 square feet of luxury. I’m talking about a plushly decorated living room, a music room outfitted with a Steinway piano, and a fully-stocked library that would make any librarian jealous.
On paper, it sounds like any other mansion: seven bedrooms, eleven bathrooms, ten fireplaces, and six-zone heating.
But What About the Basement?
But if you take a trip down the steps to the basement, you’ll quickly realize that this mansion has an odd surprise waiting for you.
The gigantic basement — which measure about 32 feet by 38 feet — is actually a quaint, fully-decorated “Main Street.”
Yes, seriously. This turn-of-the-century looking Main Street setup is complete with realistic-looking business facades, genuine cobblestone roads, and working vintage cars.
There are 15 different storefront facades, including a post office, an inn, a sporting goods store, and even a movie theater advertising a double feature of The Exorcist and Mary Poppins.
Of course, most of it is just for looks. However, inside the inn is a real, functioning bathroom. There is also a game room, complete with a flatscreen TV, a billiards table, a dartboard, and a working fireplace.
Lori Leasure, one of the realtors selling the home, said that the village was built by the home’s original owner.
“It’s an interesting owner, he’s kind of a funny guy,” Leasure told TODAY. “He has a very interesting sense of humor, and he wanted something different in his basement. He wanted to make it fun.”
The owner said that the basement was a “fun place to have parties” when his kids were teens.
But after the kids moved out, the village became the perfect backdrop for Christmas parties. Can you imagine getting invited to someone’s holiday get-together, and walking into this?!
If basement towns aren’t your thing, the owner also has a second luxury property on the market in Easton, Maryland.
On the market for $15 million, this home has a real airplane mounted to the rafters of the living room.
One of his hobbies is flying; he’s a pilot,” Leasure said. “It’s really unbelievable. He just loves to do fun stuff like that.”