Ben Carson's $1.22 Million Virginia Home
Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon and current U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary, is now enjoying a quiet countryside living with his wife, Lacena or known as "Candy," in Vienna, Virginia. The former presidential nominee has reportedly acquired the Vienna mansion for a cool $1.22 million. According to the county property records, the Carson couple secured the brick Colonial-inspired estate, just outside of Washington D.C., in January 2017 and bought it from lawyer Mark Langevin.
The sales record for this luxurious suburban home indicates that the Carsons benefited so much when they acquired the 1.5-acre estate. In fact, the neurosurgeon-turned politician got a better discounted price than its two previous owners. The five-bedroom Colonial home was previously bought for $1.56 million in 20015 and was followed with a $1.3 million selling price in 2012.
The brick Colonial mansion was initially priced at $1.599 million when it hit the market in 2016. Therefore, Carson got his Vienna mansion 13 percent cheaper than the original asking price when he purchased it. What's fascinating about Mr. Carson is how he transforms his architectural preferences from one theme to another as seen on his home purchases.
The countryside experience of Carson's Virginia home
Carson's five-bedroom, five-bathroom estate was constructed in 1993, which clearly demonstrates his appreciation for suburb home design and vast greeneries. Though its building facade features a traditional Colonial theme, the house is complete with modern amenities such as centralized air-conditioning system, sprinkler system, jetted hot tub, cable-ready systems, security devices, and communication equipment. Before it was formally listed, the Vienna estate went under complete renovation in 2009 that included new installations of roofing systems, HVAC system and a modern kitchen surrounded with granite countertop and wall cabinetries. Some energy-efficiency designs were integrated, including skylight roofing, high ceiling, and solar panel applications.
The beautiful three-story Colonial home is measuring in at 6,380 square feet, offering you the chance to get away from the stressful living of Washington. There's a spacious two-story great room that features high Palladian windows, decorative wall decors, tile flooring, and an outstanding wet bar. You can also see a number of interior columns with attractive decorative elements in both living and dining rooms alongside 17th century-inspired furnitures filling up the surroundings.
The lower floor features a stone-clad fireplace, fully furnished with vaulted ceiling, double pane windows, stone tile, and carpet flooring combination. The single-family home also features a 294-square-foot stylish gourmet kitchen where you can find granite counters, industrial lighting setups, hardwood floors and a number of high-grade commercial designer appliances in stainless finish ready to give you the perfect cooking experience.
On the upper levels, you can find the bedrooms including the 394-square-foot master suite, all equipped with walk-in closets, impressive bedroom embellishments, decorative ceilings, painted walls and easy access to individual stone-finish terraces. The master bath features a unique transitional style which combines the looks of modern fixtures, lightings, and natural stone. It also includes bathtub, shower room and a gorgeous vanity sinktop made of granite.
Outside, there are porches and patios in natural stone finishes to give you a relaxing feel while enjoying the attractive views of the succulent garden and lush landscape. Also, there are plenty of spaces where you can entertain guests or host a family event. The Virginia home has an "in-law" suite at the lower level, featuring a custom bath, built-in closets and a private patio, perfect for guest accommodations. You will also find a 1,800-square-foot fully furnished basement with white walls and stone flooring, which is spacious enough to keep your personal things safe and organized.
The Carson luxury mansion also features a three-car 720-square-foot garage with brick driveway and ample storage spaces inside. In the foyer, you can see the swinging staircase, Palladian-inspired decorative columns, and natural stone flooring. A striking landscape will welcome you at the front walkway with plants and shrubs on both sides. The exterior landscape within the 1.5-acre property includes front yard, courtyard, gardens and open spaces in which all are surrounded with beautiful trees and flowering plants.
The Carson family moved to Vienna, Virginia from their long-time residence in West Palm Beach, Florida to live near the Capitol after Dr. Carson assumed office as the HUD secretary under the Trump Administration. His Vienna estate isn't the HUD secretary's only real estate property. He previously stayed in a $1.5 million family home in Upperco, Maryland and purchased an elegant Palm Beach residence for $1.1 million a few years back. Then he dropped $4.4 million to purchase the Mediterranean-inspired estate in 2016.
Mr. Carson acquired the West Palm Beach home, which was built in 2007, a few months before President Trump hired him to lead the HUD department. While the Carson Family was staying there, Ben and Lacena enlisted their $1.1 million residence in the same location for sale.
Carson's Virginia residence resembles similar details to his previous home in West Palm Beach including ornamental decors on both living and dining rooms, decorative interior columns and several living spaces with two different heights. His grand Mediterranean-style villa in Palm Beach also features a 22-foot high ceiling with hand-crafted inlay and towering windows in the living room. You can find a swimming pool, a covered patio and a hot tub outside.
The recent residence of Dr. Carson clearly reflects the beauty of Colonial architecture, which embodies the richness of natural stones and bricks on every space.
- Dale Basilla