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Luxury Homes: December 2007
Pundits on the move! Political analyst Michael Barone and New Yorker writer Steve Coll make deals. By Mary Clare Glover
Former top Justice official James Comey bought this McLean house for $2.2. million. Photographs by David Pipkin
Comments () | Published December 1, 2007
Former Republican Party chief Ken Mehlman bought this Kalorama house for $2.8 million.

In DC: Republican insider Kenneth B. Mehlman bought a house on 32nd Street in Kalorama for $2.8 million. Earlier this year, he sold a three-bedroom, three-bath rowhouse on Capitol Hill for $899,000. Mehlman is a partner at the DC law firm Akin Gump.

Former AIDS czar Randall Tobias sold a three-bedroom, four-bath condo in the Ritz-Carlton Residences downtown for $2 million. Tobias resigned as the first US global AIDS coordinator after being linked to Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the escort-service owner dubbed “the DC madam.”

Former Episcopal bishop Jane Holmes Dixon sold a three-bedroom, three-bath Colonial rowhouse on Fulton Street near Observatory Circle for $849,000. Dixon retired as bishop of Washington in 2002.

Lawyer and civil-rights activist Cheryl A. Jacques sold a five-bedroom, five-bath Beaux Arts–style rowhouse on Biltmore Street in Kalorama for $1.8 million. Jacques, former president and executive director of the Human Rights Campaign and a former Massachusetts state senator, is of counsel to the Boston law firm Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten.

Political writer Michael Barone bought a three-bedroom, three-bath condo on L Street in the West End for $1.4 million. The 2,000-square-foot unit has cherry floors and a kitchen by German design firm Poggenpohl. Barone is the author of The Almanac of American Politics and a senior writer for U.S. News.

In Maryland: Writers Steve and Susan Coll downsized. After selling their five-bedroom, four-bath Craftsman-style home in Bethesda for $1.3 million, the couple bought a three-bedroom, four-bath house in DC’s Cleveland Park for $949,000. Their old house had a reading nook with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves; the new one has a rear garden and patio. A former managing editor of the Washington Post, Steve Coll has won two Pulitzer Prizes; he’s now a New Yorker staff writer and president and CEO of the New America Foundation, a public-policy institute. Susan Coll is a novelist.

Oakland Raiders running back LaMont Jordan bought a seven-bedroom, seven-bath home in Bowie’s Woodmore Acres for $2 million. The house has a two-story marble foyer, a theater room, exercise room, elevator, and three wet bars. Jordan went to Suitland High School in Forestville and the University of Maryland.

In Virginia: James B. Comey, a key figure in the scandal surrounding former attorney general Alberto Gonzales, and his wife, Patrice, bought a house on Kirby Road in McLean for $2.2 million. Comey, who was a top aide to Gonzales and predecessor John Ashcroft, testified this year about Gonzales’s hospital-room visit to persuade Ashcroft to certify the legality of the Bush administration’s warrantless-wiretapping program. Comey resigned from the administration in 2005 and became general counsel and senior vice president for Lockheed Martin.

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