Because Washington Post managing editor and Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Al Friendly and his family lived there, Georgetowners knew the big brick Georgian on 31st Street as “the Friendly Estate.” He died in 1983 and his widow, Jean, remained there and made it a hub of family life for her five children and 13 grandchildren. It was a festive and, yes, friendly house. When Jean died at home in 2005, though, and a new owner announced wildly unpopular renovation plans, it became known more often as “that damned house.”
But here’s the good news. That unpopular owner gave up and sold the house to a developer, who put it on the market on Tuesday. Now called the Williams-Addison House—a nod to its 19th century roots—the house just hit the market for $16.8 million.
The home has been remade to accommodate 21st century tastes — a grand master suite that's the size of many apartments, an entertainment space big enough to be a ballroom, a media room, wine cellar, health club-sized gym and sauna, plus a broad center hallway that leads to a library, drawing room, dining room, and den. The upstairs has an additional five bedrooms. There are fireplaces throughout. Add to that a guest cottage, garage, and ambitious landscaping plans. Yellow paint was removed to reveal the handsome red brick underneath.
We were given a tour by developer Victor Valentine of Capital City Real Estate, who is proud of his company’s work with Georgetown architect Dale Overmyer, who got the project underway in 2006 with the previous owner, Marc Teren, a former Washington Post executive who curbed.com described as “notoriously unpopular.” The problems for Teren came when he proposed subdividing the property. There was talk of building a second home on the property, and underground garages. Neighbors balked. Appearances before the Advisory Neighborhood Commission became volatile. There were work stoppages. The Georgetown Metropolitan speculated that “Teren simply ran out of money” and that’s why he sold to Valentine’s group in 2011.
Valentine says he paid about $7 million for the house, which he described as “basically a shell.” The asking price for the finished, 10,000 square foot home, which sits on three-quarters of an acre, is $16.8 million. “You don’t have to worry about development across the street,” he said, noting that the tall front windows look out on Tudor Place mansion and gardens, a National Historic Landmark.
Prospective buyers can tour the house and get a sense of what it would look like furnished as some of the rooms have been staged by Kelly Proxmire, a member of the Washington Design Center Hall of Fame.
The season of socializing is upon us—and if you’re playing hostess this holiday, there are probably approximately a million things you still need to do before your guests arrive. But while you’ve been perfecting your eggnog recipe, we’ve been tracking down some festive entertaining essentials. From cocktail shakers and decanters to dessert plates and cheese boards, click through the slideshow to shop 15 must-have metallic serving accessories that'll help you throw the perfect soiree.
Former California congresswoman Mary Bono, who was defeated for reelection last year, has put her two-bedroom Arlington condo on the market for $569,000. According to the lister, the apartment comes with a “gourmet kitchen,” a “spacious master suite,” and “three private balconies.” The condo complex is called the Eclipse on Center Park.
Bono, who was elected to Congress in 1998, in a special election after her husband, Rep. Sonny Bono, was killed in a skiing accident, won all her subsequent reelections until she was defeated by Democrat Raul Ruiz a year ago. She remarried twice, most recently to Connie Mack of Florida, who gave up his House seat and then lost in a 2012 bid for Senate. In May they announced they were divorcing.
After leaving the House, Bono joined FaegreBD Consulting, which has offices in Washington, the Midwest, and Silicon Valley.
UPDATE, 11:45 AM: The lister, Breshkie Gardizi of Keller Williams Realty, said Bono is selling the condo because she is looking to buy a house in the North Arlington area. She also has homes in Palm Springs, California, and Durango, Colorado.
Barely a few weeks after it began redeveloping the old Atlantic Plumbing warehouse on V St., Northwest, the development firm JBG is set to begin construction on another mixed-use development in the immediate vicinity. The new project, called "the Shay"—because every new development needs a clever name—will put apartment buildings on both sides of Eighth St., Northwest along Florida Ave., bringing even more new real estate to the area around DC's famed 9:30 Club.
When complete, the project will include 245 residential units and 28,000 square feet of retail space encased in a design that JBG says "evokes an industrial past." But even with all the promises of exposed concrete, brushed steel detailing, and other millennial-baiting design motifs, the buildings will plenty modern with roof decks, media walls, and a pool. JBG is also eyeing the retail space for restaurants and cafés.
New apartment buildings have been creeping up Florida Ave. for several years, but JBG has all but taken over the 9:30 Club's immediate neighborhood. Besides "The Shay" and the Atlantic Plubming projects, it also owns a large empty lot that hosts the District Flea marketplace on Saturdays. The company plans to eventually develop that parcel, too, but it folds into a long-term strategy of building a haven for relatively young apartment-dwellers with plenty of disposable income.
"Indie retail that includes one-of-a-kind merchants, coffee houses, galleries, sandwich shops, bakers and art studios is the right street vernacular here," JBG vice president Robin Mosle says in a press release. "We believe there’s a huge appetite for individuals seeking a homegrown, urban alternative to other D.C. neighborhoods."
The Washington Nationals approached DC Mayor Vince Gray earlier this year with an unexpected request—that the city tap its coffers to add a $300 million retractable roof to Nationals Park.
Nationals owner Ted Lerner came in with a "very preliminary pitch," according to a source in Gray's office. Gray quickly rebuffed Lerner, and the idea for a stadium roof was bounced out of the room. Lerner did not offer much rationale about why the Nationals need a dome on top of their six-season-old stadium, the source adds.
Lerner's proposition was first reported by NBC4 and WNEW's Mark Segraves.
Naked to the elements, Nationals Park hosted 81 regular-season games this past season, only four of which were postponed for weather, along with a handful of concerts. (A fifth game was postponed following the Navy Yard shootings.)
Nationals Park, which opened in 2008, was paid for by the District government for about $700 million. The experience of building a publicly funded sports venue still irks many, including opponents of the Gray administration's deal with D.C. United that calls for the city to front half the cost of a $300 million soccer stadium.
13th and K sts., NW
DC’s first public high school was so revolutionary in 1869 that it earned architect Adolf Cluss a trip to the Vienna World Exposition. By 2002, it was a homeless shelter. Four companies are vying to redevelop the 51,000-square-foot structure for an estimated $20 million, according to deputy mayor for planning and development Victor Hoskins. Says a potential buyer: “It would be pretty powerful in recruiting creative people. It’s not a place to slap up a bunch of cubes.”
West Heating Plant
1051 29th St., NW
Drawn up by William Dewey Foster—who also designed the State Department’s Truman Building—this bulky 93,078-square-foot steam plant with an Art Deco soul provided heat to government buildings from 1948 to 2000, by which time it had become an eyesore. A team led by developer Richard Levy has submitted plans by architect David Adjaye to the Georgetown community for approval, calling for up to 80 luxury condos.
1401 New York Ave., NE
Gilbert Steel’s bold horizontal bands and glass-block tower date to an era when even warehouses had panache. Douglas Development plans to convert the mammoth 1937 landmark into two floors of retail, four floors of apartments, and parking, likely breaking up the block-long floor plates with an atrium. When the project is finished next year, Douglas founder Douglas Jemal says, driving in on New York Avenue will be like “coming in DC’s front door.”
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St., NW
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s 1972 central library, like many of Modernism’s concrete-and-glass structures, is crumbling. After making much-needed minor improvements in the last few years, library authorities have spurred controversy by considering adding retail space and a two-floor residential addition to close the gap between the city’s budgeted $103 million and the expected cost of an update.
This article appears in the December 2013 issue of Washingtonian.
New-media entrepreneurs Tim and Laura O’Shaughnessy bought a four-bedroom, four-bath Victorian rowhouse near the U Street corridor for $1.4 million. It has a finished lower level with a wet bar and a two-story custom rear deck. Tim O’Shaughnessy is cofounder and CEO of the deals company LivingSocial; Laura O’Shaughnessy—daughter of Washington Post Company chairman Donald Graham—is CEO of SocialCode, a Post Company-owned advertising agency that uses social media to expand client brands.
Finance executive Andrew Cristinzio and his wife, Carrie, bought a six-bedroom, seven-bath Colonial in McLean for $4 million. The newly built house, on more than an acre, has a three-car garage and four fireplaces. Cristinzio is a partner at the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Lawyer Thomas Clare bought a five-bedroom, six-bath Colonial on North Lincoln Street in Arlington for $2.8 million. The six-year-old, 7,000-square-foot house has a cherry-paneled library, four fireplaces, and a three-car garage. Clare is a litigation partner at the DC office of Kirkland & Ellis.
Education expert Thomas Toch and wife Ann downsized in Chevy Chase. The couple sold a five-bedroom, five-bath home on West Kirke Street for $2.7 million. The house, a classic American foursquare, has a library and large front porch. The Tochs also bought a four-bedroom, five-bath Colonial for $1.6 million. That house originally listed for just under $2 million. A former education reporter, Toch cofounded the think tank Education Sector.
Alma Brown—widow of former Democratic National Committee chairman and Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and a onetime executive at Chevy Chase Bank—sold a two-bedroom, three-bath condo in Chevy Chase’s Parc Somerset building for $2.5 million. Her son, Michael Brown, is the former DC Council member who pleaded guilty in June to bribery; he admitted to accepting $55,000 in cash from a group of men he thought were trying to do business with the District. The businessmen were actually undercover FBI agents—and the whole thing was caught on tape.
Perhaps the sale of his mom’s condo will help pay for his legal fees, which can’t be cheap. Michael Brown’s lawyer, Brian Heberlig, is a partner at the high-profile firm Steptoe & Johnson, where he heads the white-collar criminal-defense group.
Restaurateur Mark Kuller sold a five-bedroom, five-bath Victorian-style farmhouse on Wissioming Road in Bethesda for $1.3 million. The house has an in-law suite and, according to the listing, a “world class wine cellar.” A tax lawyer, Kuller owns the DC restaurants Proof, Estadio, and Doi Moi. His personal wine collection encompasses 7,000 bottles.
Some sales information provided by American City Business Leads and Diana Hart of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.
This article appears in the December 2013 issue of Washingtonian.
Less than two decades ago, the historic O Street Market became the site of one of the worst mass shootings in a city plagued by gun violence. The March 31, 1994, attack left one teenager dead and eight more people wounded. This evening, the market, rebuilt as a high-end development, will reopen when officials cut the ribbon on a gleaming new Giant supermarket. (Marc Fisher had an excellent look back in the Washington Post yesterday.)
The development, called CityMarket at O, is transforming the late-19th-century food hall into the latest symbol of a revitalized Washington. When it’s complete, the project will include 629 apartments, a 182-room hotel, and 87,000 feet of retail. The apartments are still nearly a year away from being inhabitable, but the developer, Roadside Realty, has already leased 75 one-bedrooms at an average rate of $2,700 a month.
The supermarket is opening first, and by Giant’s standards, the 72,000-square-foot store is impressive. The wine, beer, natural foods, meat, and produce sections are all blown out beyond the chain’s usual size, and the store’s layout incorporates bits of the original market’s brick edifice that construction crews were able to salvage. The store’s opening also brings grocery shopping back to the Shaw neighborhood, which has transformed into a cluster of new apartment buildings and restaurants in the two years since Giant’s store at Seventh and P streets, Northwest, was torn down to make way for the CityMarket project.
The store officially opens tomorrow morning, and will operate from 6 AM to midnight seven days a week. Take a look around now.
The turkey may be the most important thing on your table come Thanksgiving Day, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give your decor some thought, too. We checked in with local interior designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors to get some tips on how to create a festive atmosphere for giving thanks. The key? Cavin-Winfrey says the surest way to a perfect tablescape is to let your existing decor dictate your direction. “If your dining room walls are pink, then there should be a pink element to your table,” she says. But she does have one hard-and-fast rule: When it comes to your table, don’t use red. “It’s disastrous—unless it’s Valentine’s Day or Christmas,” she says.
Whether you want to go big and use ’em all or keep it simple with just one, read on for more of Cavin-Winfrey’s tips for sprucing up the Turkey Day table.
1) Placemat Photo Collage
A combination of wax paper, vibrant leaves, and old photos of dinner guests can create a table runner that inspires memories from years past. Simply press the leaves and pictures between the paper, then run it vertically down the center of the table. “Create a collage with the leaves so you’ve got a really neat patchwork,” Cavin-Winfrey says.
2) I’m Thankful for . . .
Write this phrase at the top of a note card (or buy these) and place one at each table setting in a Mason jar or dish, along with a pencil. Read them out loud and see if guests can figure out who authored each one.
3) Go for Gourds
There’s no time like Thanksgiving to load your dining room with fall’s colorful produce. Stop by your local pumpkin patch or farmstand to pick up some baby pumpkins, then arrange them on the table or in a bowl as a centerpiece. Add a few flowers for balance, and make sure to keep the arrangement low so it doesn’t block conversation.
4) Rustic Lighting
“Candlelight is always really important,” Cavin-Woodfrey says. Wrapping some straw or twigs around a candelabra will introduce rustic touches into a formal dining room setting. Apartment-bound with no woods in sight? Take the easy way out with this West Elm black aluminum faux-manzanita candelabra, $99.
In a reflection of the growth industry that restaurants have become in Washington and other US cities, the National Restaurant Association has moved to larger, cooler digs in downtown Washington. The association will celebrate the new duplex offices at 2055 L Street, Northwest, with a party Wednesday night featuring cocktails from Todd Thrasher (PX, Restaurant Eve) and food from Occasions Caterers.
We stopped by the space for a tour, which included the kitchens—there are five in all—and the large event space. It holds the largest kitchen, which is restaurant-grade and equipped with high-definition cameras to shoot food segments that can be broadcast inside, on several big-screen televisions, or used for TV programs (Top Chef, perhaps?). There is also an outdoor terrace, contributed by the Trinchero Family Estates winery in Napa, California.
The NRA, which says it represents half a million restaurants nationwide, moved from smaller offices at 17th and L Streets, Northwest. The local office holds 80 of the total 225 employees; the rest work out of the Chicago office. According to CEO Dawn Sweeney, the new offices show a 20 percent growth in the NRA staff over the last decade, which she says matches the growth rate of the industry.
The new space also includes the NRA’s Education Foundation, which is celebrating a new two-year program to bring culinary training to high school classrooms. The program, according to the NRA, is offered in 1,900 schools in 48 states, including the local area, serving 95,000 students overall.
1837 Some of the National Restaurant Association’s brain trust: Christin Fernandez, manager of media relations; Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO; Marion Austin, head of office services; Sue Hensley, senior vice president of communications; and Katie Laning Niebaum, communications director.