While tech stocks held steady in 2012, Washington’s technorati scooped up big-bucks real estate—as did lawyers, bankers, investors, even members of the restaurant and media industries. The area’s top 50 home sales last year ranged from $3 million to $6.9 million. Here’s a look at 2012’s biggest deals.
Steven VanRoekel, federal chief information officer and former Microsoft executive, struck the top deal of 2012 when he bought a six-bedroom, ten-bath Colonial in DC’s Massachusetts Avenue Heights for $6.9 million. Designed by National Gallery of Art architect John Russell Pope, the house sits on more than an acre and has a pool, pool house, and separate al fresco dining structure.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and her husband, Frank, sold a three-bedroom, three-bath condo in the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton in DC’s West End for $5.3 million to Adam Palmer, managing director of the Carlyle Group. The 3,700-square-foot unit has a Poggenpohl kitchen and Potomac River views.
An eight-bedroom, nine-bath Beaux Arts-style home in the District’s Kalorama neighborhood sold for $5.7 million to businessman Thomas Raffa and his wife and business partner, Kathy. Built in 1930, the house has an elevator, a four-car garage, and a three-tiered garden. It originally listed for $8 million. The couple runs the consulting firm Raffa, which provides accounting, technology, and other services to nonprofits.
At 3303 Water Street—one of DC’s priciest condo buildings—Charles O. Holliday Jr., chairman of the board of Bank of America, traded up from a two-bedroom, three-bath unit to a three-bedroom, four-bath unit for $4.6 million. The seven-story, 70-unit building includes a 24-hour concierge, rooftop pool, and gym, and many condos feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Potomac and the C&O Canal. (Other buyers in the building included the co-CEO of Bethesda-based JBS International, Gail Bassin, who bought a unit for $2.2 million, and retiring National Endowment for the Arts chairman Rocco Landesman and his wife, Debby, who paid $1.9 million.)
Carlyle Group managing director Mark Schoenfeld and veterinarian Dondi Dahlgaard bought a $4.6-million French-country-style house in DC’s Berkley neighborhood. It has five bedrooms, seven baths, an elevator, a wraparound porch, and a pool.
Eugene Gulland, a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling, bought an estate in Loudoun County’s Aldie for $4.5 million. Built in 1800, it sits on 56 acres.
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin bought a five-bedroom, nine-bath Colonial on more than an acre in McLean for $4.3 million. The house has a cherry-paneled elevator and mahogany deck.
Former Merrill Lynch stockbroker Paul Svigos and his wife, Susan, bought a six-bedroom, seven-bath house in Kalorama for $4.3 million. Built in 1919 and once an ambassador’s residence, it sits on a double lot with tiered gardens and a heated pool.
David Brooks—New York Times columnist and author of The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement—bought a five-bedroom, five-bath Victorian in DC’s Cleveland Park with a library and two-car garage for $4 million.
Judge Kathryn Oberly sold a nine-bedroom, eight-bath Colonial in Massachusetts Avenue Heights for $3.9 million. The 6,300-square-foot house has a heated swimming pool.
Sanjay Puri, chairman of the US India Political Action Committee and founder of Optimos Incorporated, bought a nine-bedroom, 14-bath Colonial in Great Falls for $3.9 million. The 24,000-square-foot house was built in 2007 and has two kitchens.
Lawyer Frederick Whitten Peters bought a seven-bedroom, six-bath Victorian in DC’s Cleveland Park for $3.6 million. The 6,200-square-foot house has a heated pool, media room with large-screen projection TV, exercise room, and wine cellar. Peters was Secretary of the Air Force and principal deputy general counsel at the Department of Defense during the Clinton administration.
Real-estate developer Steve Garchik and wife Marla sold a seven-bedroom, nine-bath Colonial in Potomac’s Bradley Farms neighborhood for $3.7 million. Overlooking the fifth fairway of Congressional Country Club’s blue course, the house has six fireplaces and a three-car garage.