Luxury Homes: November 2007

Big deals by football star LaMont Jordan, sportscaster Brett Haber, and Republican insider Ken Mehlman.

By: Mary Clare Glover

Sportscaster Brett Haber spent $2.4 million on this Bethesda house. Photograph by David Pipkin.

In DC: Republican insider Kenneth Mehlman sold a three-bedroom, three-bath rowhouse on Capitol Hill for $899,000. Mehlman, a partner at the DC law firm Akin Gump, was head of the Republican National Committee from 2005 until January.

Metro chief John B. Catoe Jr. bought a three-bedroom, four-bath townhouse condo on Kentucky Avenue on Capitol Hill—within walking distance of three Metro stations—for $995,000. Before becoming general manager of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in January, Catoe was deputy chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Senator Ronald L. Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, bought a four-bedroom, three-bath rowhouse on Capitol Hill for $999,000. Built in 1900, the Victorian home was remodeled in 2001. Wyden was elected to the Senate in 1996.

In Maryland: Oakland Raiders running back LaMont Jordan sold a seven-bedroom, six-bath Colonial on Croom Station Road in Upper Marlboro for $1.2 million. The house has 9,200 square feet and sits on more than two acres. Jordan went to Suitland High School in Forestville and the University of Maryland. He spent four years with the New York Jets before signing a five-year, $27.5-million contract with the Raiders in 2005.

Journalist Joel Brinkley sold this brick house in Chevy Chase for $1.9 million. Photograph by David Pipkin.
Sportscaster Brett Haber and his wife, Jennifer, bought a six-bedroom, six-bath home in Bethesda’s Bannockburn neighborhood for $2.4 million. Haber is sports director for WUSA-TV, Washington’s CBS affiliate.

Journalist Joel Brinkley sold a house in Chevy Chase’s Somerset Heights neighborhood for $1.9 million. After a 23-year career with the New York Times, Brinkley last year became a visiting professor in Stanford University’s Department of Communication.

In Virginia: Lawyer and pundit Jonathan Turley and his wife, Leslie, bought a five-bedroom, six-bath Colonial in McLean’s Cherterbrook Gardens neighborhood for $1.7 million. Turley is a law professor at George Washington University.

Real-estate executive Michael Darby bought a unit in the Odyssey Condominium for $2.3 million. A few blocks from the Court House Metro stop in Arlington, the building has a rooftop swimming pool and terrace. Darby is cofounder of Monument Realty, a DC real-estate development firm.