Housing Complex

Exorbitant House of the Week, BET Edition


There are perks to being in charge of a major TV network. For one, you can afford a gorgeous house. And should you choose to sell that gorgeous house, you can bank, oh, somewhere around $4.7 million.

Take 2801 Rock Creek Drive NW, tucked behind the Omni Shoreham Hotel alongside Rock Creek Park. Until last week, it belonged to Debra Lee, the chairman and CEO of BET Networks, the parent company of Black Entertainment Television. Designed by the architect of the Kennedy Center, it features an art deco style, a huge heated pool, five bedrooms, six bathrooms, three (three!) ovens, two dishwashers, and 39,129 square feet of stomping grounds.

Lee listed the house for $5,195,000 on May 2, but sold it last Friday for $4.7 million. That's actually considerably below the $7,254,600 at which the city assessed the property this year.

Take a tour of the property after the jump:







Photos courtesy of Redfin/MLS

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    OK. BET is owned by Viacom now, right?

    Still it is great that BET which glorifies nihilism in our neighborhoods, breakdown of the black family, poverty, and the faux rags-to-riches half-in/half-in "ghetto" lifestyle of whoever John Doe / Jane Doe entertainer reaps these benefits for its execs.

    Swank place in deed for a station that largely glorifies the deprivations of the black urban underclass.

    I stopped watching BET when Tavis Smiley left which had to have been nearly a decade ago.

    Stepping down from the soap box

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    "half in / half out" **

    Meaning one foot in the hood and one foot out the hood. Doesn't work as seen as on BET.

    Example, this exec is not living on Branch Avenue...

  • qwerty

    Its a beautiful house, you must admit. That might be the only use of glass block anywhere on earth that doesn't look tacky. Stone really was an amazing talent.

  • drez

    Great property. 2nd rate furnishings that don't do it justice.

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