May 3, 2024 - Real Estate

There's a castle on the market in Chevy Chase

The exterior of a castle-like home, with a turret.

Photo: Peter Papoulakos

A castle-like home with a juicy backstory is for sale in Chevy Chase.

The big picture: The existing home was once the gatehouse of the now-demolished Rossdhu Castle, named after an actual Scottish castle near Loch Lomond and built by D.C. socialite Daisy Calhoun in 1927.

  • Over her life, Calhoun married three times, entertained presidents like Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, and built several estates.

The Rossdhu Castle was turned into a nightclub after the Calhouns lost their money in the 1929 stock market crash, and then apartments before it was razed in 1957.

Zoom in: The $1.8 million former gatehouse has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and 4,600 square feet, plus your standard castle stuff: fountains, a spiral staircase, and, of course, a turret for spying on your enemies.

  • It also has a small pond named, fittingly, Wee Loch Lomond.
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