A prime location on the Washington Harbour means this Georgetown penthouse offers sweeping 180-degree views of the Potomac—and, suitably, it also comes with nearly 1,000 square feet of terrace space outside. Inside, tack on another 4,100 square feet of living space that comprises a massive kitchen and living area, two bedrooms, and five bathrooms, including a master suite with separate his-and-her baths and closets (check out HER well-stocked closet). Built in 1984, this condo has since added more than $3 million in updates. Property records indicate that the place is currently owned by Howard Wilkins Jr., a businessman—he once operated 270 Pizza Hut restaurants—and Republican fundraiser who served as ambassador to the Netherlands in the late 1980s. (He's not the only bold-faced name in the complex—a neighboring unit is owned by Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul.) The condo is listed for $4.995 million. Read on for a brief look, then head to Washington Fine Properties for the full tour.
Situated a few blocks from the National Cathedral, this Cleveland Park Colonial revival went through a careful overhaul just six years ago. The result: more than 7,500 square feet of luxe living, in a historic setting. The restoration left many of the original turn-of-the-century details intact, including charming features such as stained-glass windows and Victorian tile flooring in the vestibule. The home offers five bathrooms and five bedrooms, one of which is a Cathedral-view master suite offset by a dressing room and a huge bath suite featuring marble tiling, a freestanding soaking tub, and a fireplace. In the rest of the house, there are three more gas fireplaces, Lutron lighting, a built-in speaker system, and custom millwork, plus a formal double living room with an attached sunroom, a library, an office, and a study. The chef’s kitchen features marble countertops and custom cabinets, with a deck off the back. The clincher? A temperature-controlled wine cellar with space for more than 1,000 bottles. The home is listed for $5.5 million.
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In a neighborhood of traditional homes, this whitewashed modern design stands out. And not just for its clean-lined look and top-level finishes: Built in 2007 with planet-friendly functionality in mind, this 5,100-square-foot home in Arlington’s Virginia Square also showcases a passive solar design that involves such features as a photovoltaic solar energy system, insulated floor slabs, teak floors, and an eco-concious permeable driveway.
Here’s the rundown on the high-end interior specs: five bedrooms and six bathrooms—including a master suite decorated with grasscloth wallpaper and Kravet drapery and featuring a fireplace, two separate dressing rooms, a “luggage room,” and a master bath with both a cast-iron claw-foot soaking tub and a mahogany-paneled walk-in shower. Elsewhere, there’s an elevator, a library, a butler’s pantry, a conservatory with a heated brick floor, and a mahogany-floored screened porch. Outside? A flagstone terrace with a wood-burning fireplace overlooks a garden space. And a 500-square-foot poolhouse (complete with an exercise studio, a kitchenette, bathing facilities, and a steam room) flanks the home’s pièce de résistance—a 33,000-gallon saltwater pool heated by solar energy. The home went on the market less than two weeks ago and is listed at $2.5 million. Head to Washington Fine Properties for the full tour.
Communications executive David Schaeffer bought a five-bedroom, five-bath home in Kalorama for $4.5 million. Originally listed for $5.4 million, the house was renovated in 2010 and has a two-car garage and a rear garden with fountain. Schaeffer is head of Cogent Communications, one of the world’s largest internet service providers.
Obama adviser Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and her husband, neurosurgeon Jeffrey Randall, bought a Colonial in Spring Valley for $3 million. The house—which sold after six days on the market for above list price—was built in 1929 and has five bedrooms and six baths. A member of the President’s national-security staff, Sherwood-Randall is White House coordinator for defense policy, countering weapons of mass destruction, and arms control. She worked at the Pentagon during the first term of the Clinton administration and also was chief foreign-affairs and defense-policy adviser to then-senator Joe Biden.
Education expert Margery Yeager bought an Arts and Crafts-style home on Sherier Place in the Palisades for just under $2 million. The property includes a one-bedroom carriage house. A former special assistant to DC’s public-schools chancellor, Yeager is a policy adviser on education at the law firm Nelson Mullins.
Energy expert Skila Harris sold a Federal-style rowhouse on 19th Street near Dupont Circle for $1.9 million. The house has four units, including a two-bedroom, two-bath “owners suite.” Harris, a former special assistant to Vice President Al Gore, is a senior adviser at the Department of Energy.
Real-estate bigwig James Underhill sold a seven-bedroom, seven-bath Colonial in Bethesda for $3.8 million. On two acres, the home has a pool and two-level poolhouse. Underhill is CEO of the Americas at Cushman & Wakefield, a global real-estate-services firm.
Lawyers Scott and Daphna Sher bought a seven-bedroom, nine-bath Colonial on Melody Lane in Bethesda for $3.6 million. The newly built house has a loggia in the back yard and a three-car garage. Scott Sher is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he focuses on antitrust counseling and litigation.
Steven Schorer and wife Kelly sold a Colonial on Alloway Drive in Potomac for $3.1 million. The seven-bedroom house has two master-bedroom suites, a pool, an outdoor kitchen, and a two-bedroom carriage house. Steven Schorer recently retired as president of DynCorp International, a private military contractor in McLean.
Finance exec Ian Fujiyama and wife Christine sold a six-bedroom, eight-bath Colonial on Wincrest Place in Great Falls for $2 million. The 7,000-square-foot gated house has a gym, wet bar, and billiards room. Fujiyama is a managing director at the Carlyle Group private-equity firm.
Some sales information provided by American City Business Leads and Diana Hart of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.
This article appears in the March 2014 issue of Washingtonian.
Renovated and expanded in 2011, this four-story brick Tudor home on Belmont Road in tony Kalorama dates to the late 1920s. Situated on a third of an acre—a double lot—the 8,200-square-foot home features nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms, plus three fireplaces, a wet bar, a lower-level au pair suite with a second kitchen and laundry room, a massive backyard garden, a two-car garage, and a gated courtyard with parking for ten. Many of the original features were restored, including the hardwood floors and original leaded-glass windows. Here are few more of the high-end highlights: a Jennifer Gilmer-designed gourmet kitchen, steel and French doors opening to the flagstone patio, custom hidden storage panels in the dining room, his-and-her master bathrooms with heated marble floors, and a windowed dressing room with a marble vanity. It’s listed at $5.995 million. Scroll down for a tour, then head to Washington Fine Properties for more.
The listing for this top-floor corner condo deems it “exceptionally private.” While it may be right on Adams Morgan’s 18th Street—which is a far cry from the city’s quietest street—the description is apt: Not only does this place have its own keyed elevator entry, but it also features a huge wrap-around balcony, a second-floor terrace and a killer private rooftop deck with a hot tub and fire pit. Other highlights? Three bedrooms and four baths spread out over 3,000 square feet (plus the 1,650 of outdoor space), double-height ceilings that soar to nearly 19 feet, full walls of south-facing windows in the living areas, marble floors, cherry cabinetry, indoor and outdoor gas fireplaces, a wet bar and two wine coolers, remote-controlled Lutron window shades, a movie projection system, and a master-bath soaking tub complete with views of the Washington Monument. It’s listed for $2.695 million exclusively through Washington Fine Properties. Keep reading to get a shortened tour of this modern-luxe space, then head to WFP to see a complete tour.
The big draw of this Georgian-style mansion is obvious. Yes, there’s 8,200 square feet of living space—which includes six bedrooms, ten bathrooms, and eight fireplaces, plus a pool house, guest house, and theater. But the undeniable appeal is the sweeping, jaw-dropping views of the Potomac River, visible from all three levels (check out that bedroom view!) and from the expansive back patio and pool deck. The home sits on five acres; inside, the fancy finishing touches include French doors, floor-to-ceiling Palladian windows, and elaborate molding and millwork. Originally listed at nearly $18 million, this home cut its asking price to $16 million before its latest drop earlier this year, settling on $12.98 million.
Curious about the priciest properties on the market in a given neighborhood? We were. How does the most expensive listing in Kalorama differ from the one in Old Town? Chevy Chase from Georgetown? Palisades versus, say, McLean? Each week we’ll give you a peek at the home in each location with the biggest price tag. This week, we’re on one of the District’s most famous streets: Pennsylvania Avenue in the West End.
It’s not particularly surprising that most of the highest-priced properties in the area tend toward the mega-mansion variety (last week’s Potomac behemoth, anyone?)—but we are an urban city, so there are bound to be some majorly luxe apartments, too. And that’s where we’ve landed this week, with a massive penthouse that tops a boutique 16-unit building on Pennsylvania Avenue. The two-level layout houses three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms in more than 4,300 square feet, along with a curving grand staircase, library, formal dining room, and decked-out chef’s kitchen. High-end details finish things off: a trio of fireplaces, marble countertops, crown molding, and coffered ceilings; balconies and terraces; and two garage parking spaces. Scroll down for more photos, then go here for the full details.
On Tuesday, 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan listed her Cleveland Park home for $2.2 million. She bought the three-bedroom, four-bath Colonial in 2008—this is the home to which she and her husband, congressional liaison Joseph Burkett, brought their two children, Joseph, who was born in December 2008, and Lola, in March 2010.
The online tour makes it clear this is a family home—the living room and pool out back are strewn with toys. Logan paid $1.5 million, which means she’d turn a good profit if it goes for the list price, although the listing makes it sound as though she’s put some work into it: “Stunning, expanded Colonial with new salt water pool.” It also touts a loft that’s used as a “fabulous” closet and an “extensive security and surveillance” system.
Businessman Nicholas Lovegrove and wife Alyssa bought a four-bedroom, six-bath Victorian townhouse in Georgetown for $4.2 million. Part of Wormley Row, a development of new townhouses and condos, the home—with a two-car garage and staff quarters—had been on the market since 2009. Nicholas Lovegrove, an ex-McKinsey & Company executive, is senior director at Albright Stonebridge Group, a consulting firm. Alyssa Lovegrove, also a former McKinsey exec, is associate director of Georgetown University’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Filmmaker John W. Warner IV sold a five-bedroom, five-bath Federal-style house in Georgetown for $3.5 million. The recently remodeled 1900 home has a pool and three fireplaces. A onetime racecar driver, Warner is the son of the former Virginia senator; he has directed several documentaries, including The Wendell Scott Story, about the first African-American driver to reach the top level of stock-car racing.
Lawyer Andrew B. Weissman sold a four-bedroom, five-bath house on Ellicott Street in Forest Hills for $2.5 million. The Craftsman-style home, built in 1921, has a pool. Weissman is a partner at WilmerHale, where he specializes in securities.
Finance executive Arturo Brillembourg and wife Jennifer Feldman-Brillembourg, an anesthesiologist, sold a four-bedroom, five-bath Federal-style rowhouse on Dumbarton Street in Georgetown for $2 million. The house has a multitiered patio and garden. Brillembourg is founder of AEB Capital, a hedge fund in Arlington.
Real-estate executive Richard Samit bought an eight-bedroom, nine-bath house on Gary Road in Potomac for $2.5 million. The 12,000-square-foot home has a patio with fireplace, a built-in grill, and an outdoor bar. Samit is founder and CEO of Fraser Forbes Real Estate Services, a company in McLean that specializes in land and investment sales.
Real-estate executive Oliver T. Carr III and wife Bonnie bought a five-bedroom, five-bath Colonial on Moorland Lane in Bethesda’s Edgemoor neighborhood for $2.1 million. The home has a custom-milled cherry library. Oliver Carr is CEO of Carr Properties, a real-estate investment company.
Ex-NBA star Gheorghe Muresan and wife Liliana bought a seven-bedroom, nine-bath Colonial on Potomac’s Burbank Drive for $1.3 million. The 10,000-square-foot home is on five acres. A former center for the Washington Bullets, the seven-foot-seven Muresan is one of the tallest players ever in the NBA.
Former Redskins coach Jim Zorn sold a house in Great Falls for $2.4 million. Zorn bought the home—which sits on almost two acres and has five bedrooms and seven baths—in 2008 for $3 million. It listed for $2.9 million in September 2012.
Interior designer and philanthropist Jill Sorensen sold a five-bedroom, five-bath home on Bellview Road in McLean for $2 million. The Swedish-born Sorensen, ex-wife of the late real-estate magnate Joe Robert, was once a model. In 1993, she cofounded Knock Out Abuse Against Women, benefiting domestic-violence victims.
Some sales information provided by American City Business Leads and Diana Hart of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.
This article appears in the February 2014 issue of Washingtonian.