By Kellie Speed for
Feb 1, 2024

In a city where traditional architecture abounds, a recently built modern mansion in Washington, DC, could be the start of a new trend for future development.

Listed for $9,495,000, the six-bedroom, 12,200-square-foot estate was built in 2020.

The striking design features an exterior wrapped in custom bronze panels; handmade, English clay-brick tiles; and custom windows and doors.

The property first hit the market in 2022 for $9.9 million, then reappeared last year at the same price. Its new, lower ask is the latest attempt at finding an owner for the one-of-a-kind abode.

‘A-plus’ quality

“It was built by an architect and builder named David Jameson,” says Robert Hryniewicki, who is co-listing the property with Adam Rackliffe, Christopher Leary, and Micah Smith, of HRL Partners at Washington Fine Properties. “This was his first foray into building a spec home. It was used as his own showroom for prospective clients, so they could get a sense of his aesthetic and construction quality. It is one of the best-built homes I have ever gone through. The construction quality is an A-plus.”

Family room
Top floor

The home’s deluxe details certainly add to its appeal. For example, a 10-by-8-foot, pivoting glass front grants access to the contemporary, four-level home. Meanwhile, the dramatic, two-story living room has a fireplace; and a commercial-style elevator offers easy access to each floor.

‘Forefront of modern design’

Jameson “approaches the home as habitable art,” Hryniewicki says, of the architect. “He is on the forefront of modern design and aesthetics because of the mix of interesting materials used that have been sourced from around the world, including bronze paneling, huge-format windows, and terra cotta tile.”

The sleek, minimalist interior boasts floor-to-ceiling windows for a seamless transition to the outdoor living space.

Five en suite bedrooms are situated on one level of the home, an unusual find in DC.

“They are located on the second floor, which is very appealing for families, because the whole family can be on one single level,” Hryniewicki notes.


The family room and spacious kitchen are framed by windows that open to a stone-slab terrace and an in-ground, saltwater pool with a cabana, which adds dimension to the space.

“The pool is placed closer to the house, so there is a play of light dancing on the ceiling,” Hryniewicki says.

A sophisticated chef’s kitchen is outfitted with a butler’s pantry, hidden cabinets, a waterfall island, and separate breakfast room.


The primary suite boasts a separate dressing room lined with custom Macassar ebony cabinets, which have a standout black and brown pattern. A marble-slab bathroom offers dual vanities.

On the top level, there’s a lounge with kitchenette and an office, which could be a sixth bedroom. Sliding-glass doors nearby open to a wraparound terrace and green roof with panoramic views.

“The third-floor deck offers spectacular vistas of the National Cathedral, Arlington, and the Potomac River Basin,” Hryniewicki says. “It abuts federal parkland, so you will never have any neighbors behind you.”

Garage Interior

Designed for car collectors, the lower-level, climate-controlled garage—with 12-foot ceilings and custom lighting—affords extra space that could be used for events.

“It can easily accommodate four to six cars,” Hryniewicki says. “It’s definitely a highlight.”

Although a contemporary design in DC isn’t terribly commonplace, it does fulfill a need. Hryniewicki believes there is an appetite for modern homes in DC.

“There are countless modern homes in New York and Los Angeles ,” he points out. “They say the West Coast starts trends. DC is a fairly conservative and traditional town; but it is a melting pot, as everyone comes from somewhere else.”


Address: 3131 Chain Bridge Rd NW, Washington, DC 20016
Beds/Baths: 6 Beds, 7 Baths, 1 Partial Bath
Square Footage: 12,200 SF
Lot Size: 0.33 Acres
Listing Agents: Robert Hryniewicki and Christopher R. Leary (HRL) Washington Fine Properties.