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Luxury Homes: December 2009

Kara Kennedy, Lynda Erkiletian, Anne Kornblut, and other women headline big sales.

Health-care exec Dale Wolf bought this Bethesda home on five acres for $2.4 million. Photograph by David Pipkin.

In DC: Socialite Lynda Erkiletian sold a four-bedroom, six-bath condominium in the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown for $5.4 million. The 4,600-square-foot condo has a library, two marble bathrooms, and views of the Potomac River. The president of THE Artist Agency, a modeling agency, Erkiletian may be one of the stars of Bravo’s upcoming Real Housewives of D.C.

Republican operative Nicolle Devenish Wallace sold a five-bedroom, six-bath Colonial in Wesley Heights for $2.5 million. The house has a heated pool. A former communications director for President George W. Bush, Wallace worked for Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Journalist Anne Kornblut bought a four-bedroom, three-bath Colonial on Macomb Street in Cleveland Park for $1 million. The house has two back porches with views of Washington National Cathedral. Kornblut covers the White House for the Washington Post. Her book, Notes From the Cracked Ceiling, is out this month.

Kara Kennedy bought a five-bedroom, four-bath Tudor home on Klingle Road in Cleveland Park for $1.2 million. Kennedy recently sold a Bethesda Colonial for $845,000. Daughter of the late senator Ted Kennedy, she is on the advisory board of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Democratic insider and lawyer Peter S. Knight sold a six-bedroom, six-bath Colonial on Rockwood Parkway in Spring Valley for $2.2 million. The house listed for $2.5 million. Former chief of staff to then-congressman Al Gore and campaign manager for President Bill Clinton, Knight is managing partner at Generation Investment Management, a London-based firm.

Former communications executive Michela English sold a five-bedroom, eight-bath Colonial in Spring Valley to philanthropist and businesswoman Adrienne Arsht for $6.6 million. The house, which listed for $7.3 million, has a multilevel outdoor terrace and swimming pool. A onetime executive at Discovery Communications and National Geographic, English is president and CEO of Fight for Children, a local nonprofit. The former chairman of a Florida bank, Arsht donated $30 million to Miami’s Performing Arts Center—now called the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County—in January 2008.

In Maryland: Health-care executive Dale Wolf bought a five-bedroom, six-bath Arts and Crafts–style home in Bethesda for $2.4 million. Built in 2002, the house sits on five acres. Formerly head of Bethesda-based Coventry Health Care, Wolf is on the board of Rockville’s Catalyst Health Solutions.

Car dealer Morton Zetlin sold a four-bedroom, five-bath house on Woodford Road in Potomac for $1.6 million. It has a two-story foyer with marble floors and a pool. Zetlin co-owns American Service Center, a Mercedes-Benz dealer in Arlington.

In Virginia: Wizards center Brendan Haywood sold a townhouse on 14th Street North in Arlington for $1.6 million. Haywood, who starred at the University of North Carolina, has been with the Wizards since 2001.

This article first appeared in the December 2009 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles from that issue, click here.  

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