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Luxury Homes: October 2009
Caps owner and longtime McLean resident Ted Leonsis buys $2.6-million Georgetown condo.
In DC: Entrepreneur Ted Leonsis and his wife, Lynn, bought a two-bedroom, three-bath condo on Prospect Street in Georgetown for $2.6 million. The 2,753-square-foot home is in Wormley Row, a new development of condos and townhouses. An AOL executive for many years, Leonsis is, among other things, owner of the Washington Capitals.
Steven VanRoekel, a top Federal Communications Commission official, bought a six-bedroom, seven-bath home in Kalorama for $6.1 million. The house has a banquet-size dining room, library, and pool. A former Microsoft executive and strategist for Bill Gates, VanRoekel recently was named the FCC’s managing director.
Washington Post writer Robin Givhan bought a two-bedroom, two-bath condo in the Landmark Lofts, a new building near H Street, Northeast, for $800,000. The corner unit has 12-foot ceilings and a balcony. The building has a rooftop pool, 24-hour concierge, and fitness center. A fashion writer, Givhan won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2006.
Developer Dave Pollin and wife Kirsten bought a six-bedroom, six-bath house on Kalorama’s Wyoming Avenue for $4 million. A master suite fills the entire second floor and has three fireplaces. There’s also a separate carriage house. Pollin is cofounder of the Buccini/Pollin Group, a real-estate firm.
National-security expert Kurt Campbell and wife Lael Brainard sold a five-bedroom, five-bath Colonial on Western Avenue in Chevy Chase DC for $1.1 million. Campbell, who was at the Pentagon during the Clinton administration, cofounded the Center for a New American Security, a think tank.
Writer Amanda Ripley bought a five-bedroom, four-bath Federal-style rowhouse on 28th Street in Woodley Park for $1.1 million. Built in 1916, the house has a two-level artist studio and an in-law suite. A writer for Time magazine, Ripley is author of The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes—and Why.
In Virginia: Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall bought a five-bedroom, seven-bath home in Leesburg for $1 million. Built in 2008, the 5,600-square-foot house has a four-car garage. The Redskins signed Hall, a Virginia Tech graduate, to a $55-million, six-year deal in February.
Conservative pundit Ramesh Ponnuru and his wife, April, a public-policy executive, bought a five-bedroom, four-bath Colonial on Childs Lane in Alexandria for $895,000. Featured in House Beautiful, it has a greenhouse and hot tub and backs onto a creek. Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review. April Ponnuru is executive director of the National Review Institute, a think tank tied to the magazine.
In Maryland: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and wife Mona bought a six-bedroom, six-bath Colonial on Algonquin Avenue in Bethesda for $1.5 million. The new house, which originally listed for $2 million, has a wraparound porch and copper roof. Locke is a former governor of Washington state.
Peter Keisler, a top Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, and wife Susan bought a six-bedroom, five-bath Colonial in Chevy Chase for $2.6 million. Built in 1916, the house has a hot tub and two-story garage. Bush several times nominated Keisler, now a partner at the law firm Sidley Austin, to be a federal judge, but Senate Democrats balked at confirming him.
Some sales information provided by American City Business Leads and Diana Hart of Sotheby’s International Realty.