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Luxury Home Sales: Moving On Up

Food critic Tom Sietsema, Capitals winger Troy Brouwer, and Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta buy homes.

Finance exec Kevin O’Shea spent $2.1 million on this McLean Colonial. Photographs by David Pipkin.

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Conservative heavyweight C. Boyden Gray and former sister-in-law Deecy Gray bought as co-trustees a three-bedroom, five-bath condo in Rosslyn’s Turnberry Tower for $3.6 million. The building has a 24-hour concierge, valet parking, and an indoor pool. A founding partner of the law firm named for him, C. Boyden Gray was White House counsel to President George H.W. Bush and, from 2006 to 2007, ambassador to the European Union. Deecy Gray—who is married to Douglas Ginsburg, former chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit—is the widow of Burton Gray, Boyden’s brother.

Looks like Capitals player Troy Brouwer is here to stay: He spent $1.6 million on this Arlington home.

Finance executive Kevin O’Shea bought a six-bedroom, five-bath Colonial in McLean for $2.1 million. Built in 2008, the house has a library and family room with wet bar and beamed ceiling. O’Shea is executive vice president of capital markets at AvalonBay Communities, which develops and manages apartment buildings across the country.

Capitals winger Troy Brouwer and wife Carmen bought a five-bedroom, five-bath Craftsman-style house in Arlington for $1.6 million. Built this year, it has exercise and recreation rooms on the lower level. In September, the Caps signed Brouwer to a three-year, $11-million contract extension.

Cartoonist Nick Galifianakis sold a three-bedroom, four-bath farmhouse-style home on East Jefferson Street in Falls Church for $975,000. Built in 1890, it has a wraparound porch and detached workshop. Galifianakis illustrates former wife Carolyn Hax’s advice column, which appears in the Washington Post and is syndicated nationally.

Hilton Worldwide CEO Chris Nassetta paid $825,000 for a house on 30th Street North in Arlington. Nassetta owns four other properties clustered around that corner; together, the five properties are assessed for $9.3 million. Nassetta joined Hilton in 2007.


Orthopedic surgeon Christopher Cannova sold a six-bedroom, five-bath Colonial in Spring Valley for $2.3 million. The 3,700-square-foot house has an au pair suite. Cannova practices at OrthoBethesda, where he specializes in joint reconstruction and replacement.

The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema paid $1.3 million for a house in DC’s Crestwood.

Lawyer Pamela Marple sold a six-bedroom, five-bath rowhouse on S Street near Dupont Circle for $1.4 million. Built in 1885, it has six fireplaces and a lower-level in-law suite. Marple is a partner at the law firm Chadbourne & Parke, where she heads the government-investigations-and-regulatory-litigation group.

Food writer Tom Sietsema bought a Wardman-style Colonial in Crestwood for $1.3 million. The recently renovated house has five bedrooms and five baths. Sietsema is restaurant critic for the Washington Post.

Former senator Joe Lieberman and wife Hadassah sold a three-bedroom, four-bath Federal-style townhouse on Ivy Terrace Court in Burleith for $1.3 million. In the gated Hillandale development, the property sold in five days. Lieberman was the nominee for Vice President in the 2000 election, running alongside Al Gore.

Some sales information provided by American City Business Leads and Diana Hart of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

This article appears in the May 2013 issue of The Washingtonian.

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