Luxury Homes Sales: A Corner of Camelot

The late Kara Kennedy’s home goes for $1.2 million. Plus—four lawyers sell for big money.

By: Washingtonian Staff

In DC

Lawyer Stephen Urbanczyk collected $3.4 million for this Wesley Heights home.

Lawyer Stephen Urbanczyk and his wife, Judith, sold an eight-bedroom, six-bath house in Wesley Heights for $3.4 million. The Tudor-style home has a two-story family room and five fireplaces. Stephen Urbanczyk is a partner at Williams & Connolly.

Telecommunications executive Otto Hoernig III bought a three-bedroom, four-bath rowhouse on Potomac Street in Georgetown for $2.5 million. Built in 1830, the renovated Federal-style house has a master suite with a walk-in closet and balcony and a heated walkway leading to a 650-square-foot carriage house. Hoernig is CEO of Trace Systems, a McLean-based government contractor that provides technology to the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. He recently invested several million dollars in a Mexican tequila distillery called Casa Noble.

Lawyer Graeme Bush and his wife, Wendy Rudolph, bought a Colonial on Macomb Street in Cleveland Park for $1.8 million. Built in 1921, it has seven bedrooms and four baths. Bush is a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder, where he specializes in civil litigation and white-collar criminal investigations.

Communications executive Peter O’Toole and his wife, lobbyist Eve O’Toole, bought a four-bedroom, four-bath Federal-style rowhouse on R Street in Georgetown for $1.5 million. The house has a finished attic and a private garden. Peter O’Toole has worked in communications at companies such as Pfizer and General Electric; Eve O’Toole is a senior policy adviser at Holland & Knight.

The estate of the late Kara Kennedy sold her home for $1.2 million. In Cleveland Park, the four-bedroom, five-bath Tudor has a master suite with an office and sitting room. Kennedy was a filmmaker and the eldest child of late Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy. She died of a heart attack in 2011.

Journalist Margaret Carlson bought a three-bedroom, three-bath condo on Connecticut Avenue in Kalorama for $953,000. The 1,900-square-foot corner unit is in a 100-year-old Beaux Arts building and has a 40-foot foyer and original hardwood floors. Time magazine’s first female columnist, Carlson is now a political columnist for Bloomberg View.

Medical entrepreneur George Chopivsky sold a two-bedroom, three-bath semidetached rowhouse on 18th Street near Dupont Circle for $925,000. Chopivsky, who has operated psychiatric hospitals around the country, has expressed an interest in buying United Medical Center, DCs only full-service hospital east of the Anacostia River.

In Virginia

Lawyer Ki Hong spent $3.3 million on a McLean Colonial.

Lawyer Ki Hong bought a six-bedroom, ten-bath Colonial in McLean’s Langley Forest neighborhood for $3.3 million. The 10,500-square-foot house has a library, carriage house with au pair suite, and four-car garage. Hong is a partner at Skadden, where he specializes in political law and government affairs.

Lobbyist Mark Cowan and his wife, Laura, sold a six-bedroom, seven-bath house on Tebbs Lane in McLean for $2.7 million. Comprising more than four acres, the property has waterfalls, ponds, a stone bridge, and a fire pit. A former partner at Patton Boggs, Mark Cowan joined the lobbying firm Cassidy & Associates in June.

Lawyer Evan Farr bought a six-bedroom, five-bath house on Mallow Trail in Mason Neck for $1.2 million. The waterfront home has views of Mount Vernon and a private dock with a 5,000-pound-boat lift. Farr founded the Fairfax-based Farr Law Firm, which specializes in elder law and estate planning.

Some sales information provided by American City Business Leads and Diana Hart of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

This article appears in the September 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.