Sold! For $10,800,000

Mystery buyer nabs 6 bedroom chateau

The sold sign is up at the chateau at 1322 Balls Hill Road in McLean, Va.

The six-bedroom, eight-bath estate sold for $10,800,000. That's one of the highest prices paid in that area in recent history, according the McLean Ear, the daily online newspaper for McLean.

The home sits on two acres. It boasts seven fireplaces, seven balconies, a ballroom for 200 people, an elevator and a five-car garage. The real estate listing called it a French provincial chateau.

Taxes run $77,000 a year.

Michael Masoud Darvishi, the head of Noble Construction Company, bought the land in 2002 for $849,000. He built the chateau four years later and sold it for $10.2 million.

The property is assessed at $7,200,000; the asking price was $17 million.

A house around the corner at 7301  Dulany Drive  recently sold for $4.3 million, and Hickory Hill, the former home of Robert and Ethel Kennedy sold for $8.2 million earlier this year, according to published reports. They are the highest reported home sales in McLean recently.

The latest buyer's identity hasn't been revealed.

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