Luxury Homes: December 2008
Robert Shapiro buys a $2.9-million house that once listed for $4.2 million—plus dermatologist Tina Alster sells for $3.8 million
In DC: Dermatologist Tina Alster and her husband, Paul Frazer, sold a five-bedroom, seven-bath stucco house in Kent for $3.8 million. The house has a wine cellar and five fireplaces. A former Canadian diplomat, Frazer is a senior adviser for mCapitol Management, a government-relations firm.
Ex-diplomat John J. Danilovich sold a seven-bedroom, seven-bath house in Georgetown for around $4 million. The onetime home of journalist Joseph Alsop, it has a pool and four fireplaces. Danilovich, former ambassador to Costa Rica and Brazil, is CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a government-funded foreign-aid program.
PR executive Greg Schneiders and his wife, Marie, bought a four-bedroom, four-bath Colonial on 30th Street in Chevy Chase DC for $1.1 million. Schneiders, who worked in the Carter White House, is a founding partner of Prime Group, a branding-and-marketing firm.
Journalist Geneva Overholzer and her husband, David Westphal, sold a five-bedroom, four-bath townhouse on Tilden Street in Forest Hills for $875,000. A former ombudsman of the Washington Post, Overholzer is director of the journalism school at the University of Southern California.
Economist Robert Shapiro bought a seven-bedroom, seven-bath Tudor-style house on Tilden Street in Forest Hills for $2.9 million. Originally listed for $4.2 million, it sits on more than an acre and overlooks Rock Creek Park. Shapiro is chair of the Globalization Initiative at NDN, a progressive think tank and advocacy group. From 1997 to 2001, he was a top official in President Clinton’s Commerce Department.
Entertainment executive Kenneth Feld sold a three-bedroom, four-bath penthouse in the Colonnade near Observatory Circle for $1.4 million to Sanford Ungar and his wife, Beth. Feld is CEO of Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Ungar, a former writer at the Washington Post and Washington editor of the Atlantic, is president of Baltimore’s Goucher College.
In Maryland: Reggae producer Gary Himmelfarb and his wife, Deborah Manzari, bought a house on Baltan Road in Bethesda’s Sumner neighborhood for $1 million. The house has four bedrooms, four baths, and a pool. Nicknamed Dr. Dread, Himmelfarb founded RAS Records, a DC-based label.
Foreign-policy expert Dimitri K. Simes sold a three-bedroom, four-bath contemporary on Nevis Road in Bethesda’s Bannockburn Estates for $1.1 million. The house has a wet bar, vaulted ceilings, and an artist’s studio. Simes is president of the Nixon Center, a DC think tank.
In Virginia: Steven McCormick and wife Kathryn sold a five-bedroom, five-bath Colonial in the Reserve, a development in McLean, for $2.2 million. The house has a two-story conservatory. McCormick is former CEO of the Nature Conservancy, the Arlington-based environmental group.
Some sales information provided by American City Business Leads and Diana Hart of Sotheby’s International Realty.