Christopher Orr, executive editor at the New Republic, and his wife, Michelle Cottle, New Republic senior editor, bought a five-bedroom Colonial on Loughboro Road in DC's Kent neighborhood for $1,470,000. The house has a hot tub and pool.
Hilary Rosen, former director of the Recording Industry Association, and Elizabeth Birch, former Human Rights Campaign executive director, sold a six-bedroom Tudor on Hillbrook Lane in Spring Valley for $2,300,000. The house listed for $2,350,000.
IN VIRGINIA: Washington Wizards center Brendan Haywood bought a $1,550,000 Colonial townhouse in Rosslyn. The house has an elevator, library, gourmet kitchen, and rooftop terrace.
Michael O. Leavitt, newly appointed secretary of Health and Human Services, and his wife, Jacalyn, bought a brick townhouse in Arlington's Courthouse Hill for $832,000. The Colonial has a finished loft. Leavitt, former governor of Utah, came here in 2003 to become head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
California congressman George Radanovich and his wife, Ethie, bought a house in Alexandria's Wellington Heights neighborhood for $816,000. The house listed for $799,000 and has a pool and hot tub.
Former Clinton/Gore aide Thomas Grumbly bought a newly built four-bedroom Colonial for $1,027,000 on Windsor Meadows Lane in Vienna. The house listed for $990,000. It sits on a half acre in a cul-de-sac.
Kenneth L. Wilkerson, retired chair of the Hecht's department-store chain, sold a five-bedroom Colonial in Great Falls for $1,575,000. The house listed for $1,595,000 and has a two-story marble foyer and an au pair suite.
IN MARYLAND: Cheryl A. Jacques, president and executive director of the Human Rights Campaign and a former Massachusetts state senator, bought a five-bedroom brick Colonial on Firestone Drive in Silver Spring for $1,100,000. The house, which backs up to Hampshire Greens Golf Club, listed for $1,198,000. It has a three-car garage and a home theater.