In DC: Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. and his wife, Mary Kaye, bought a five-bedroom, five-bath Federal-style home in Kalorama for $3.6 million. The house—where Bravo’s Top Chef: Washington D.C. was filmed—has five fireplaces and a two-car garage. John Huntsman, the former Republican governor of Utah, is US ambassador to China.
In Maryland: Finance executive Jonathan Legg and his wife, Elizabeth, bought a Colonial on Cedar Parkway in Chevy Chase for $3.1 million. The house has six bedrooms and seven baths. A former managing director at the investment-banking firm FBR Capital Markets, Jonathan Legg is senior vice president and wealth adviser at Morgan Stanley.
Real-estate executive Andrew Florance sold a five-bedroom, six-bath Colonial in Chevy Chase for $1.9 million. The renovated house sold in eight days. Florance, CEO of the CoStar Group, a commerical-real-estate research firm, spent $7.6 million on a Cleveland Park Georgian in December.
Congressman Sander “Sandy” Levin sold a five-bedroom, three-bath Arts and Crafts–style home on Morgan Drive in Chevy Chase for $995,000. Levin, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is a Democrat from Michigan.
The agents selling this 35,000-square-foot mansion in Bethesda claim it’s the biggest house in Montgomery County. On the border of Bethesda and Potomac, it sits on a short street called Natelli Woods Lane that sidles up to the well-known golf course TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. It listed for $9 million in July. So what does the biggest house in one of the richest counties in America look like? Here’s a break down by the numbers:
Former George W. Bush aide Clay Johnson III and his wife, Anne, sold a six-bedroom, five-bath Colonial on Glenbrook Road in Spring Valley for $1.7 million. The house has an in-law suite and a customized walk-in closet in the master bedroom. A classmate of Bush’s at Andover and Yale, Clay Johnson was deputy director for management in the Office of Management and Budget during his presidency.
This could be good news for the New York real estate market—every time Stephanopolous gets a big promotion, he upgrades to a more expensive house.
While working in the Clinton White House, Stephanopoulos lived on two floors of a Dupont Circle townhouse on Connecticut Avenue, above what is now Marvelous Market. He bought the three-story townhouse for $835,000 and rented the ground-level retail space to a now-defunct eyeglass store called Eye Gotcha.
In 1997, the same year he joined ABC as a news analyst for This Week, he sold the townhouse for $1,050,000. In 2002, the year Stephanopoulos began anchoring This Week, he bought a 4,400-square-foot townhouse on 28th Street in Georgetown for $2 million.
After more than two decades in New York, TV journalist Connie Chung and talk-show host Maury Povich are moving back to Washington. The pair bought a seven-bedroom, 11-bath Tudor-style home bordering Rock Creek Park in Northwest DC. Says Povich: “It’s like a new adventure in an old neighborhood.”
Chung and Povich, whose father was legendary Washington Post sportswriter Shirley Povich, both grew up in Washington and launched their journalism careers here. Chung went on to co-anchor The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, Povich to host the popular newsmagazine A Current Affair.
“Maury thinks I kidnapped him and held him hostage in New York for the last 25 years,” Chung says. “He’s been angling to move back to Washington for years.”
When Barack Obama moved into the White House, he brought with him lots of experts, strategists, and friends. Some were insiders who had lived here for years; others were transplants who had to scramble to find a place to live.
Click here to take a look at the homes of President Obama’s brain trust—from this $3 million Cleveland Park spread owned by Greg Craig to Robert Gibbs’s tidy Colonial in Alexandria.
Basketball player Alonzo Mourning and his wife, Tracy, sold this five-bedroom, six-bath home in Bethesda’s Glen Echo Heights for $1.5 million. The house has a sport court, elevator, and “his” and “hers” bathrooms in the master suite. A former star at Georgetown University, Mourning retired in January after 15 seasons in the NBA.
Journalist Andrea McCarren and her husband, National Press Club general manager Bill McCarren, sold a Colonial on Hampden Lane in Bethesda’s Edgemoor neighborhood for $1.5 million. Built in 1937, the house has four bedrooms and five baths. A former reporter for WJLA-TV, McCarren was laid off in January.
Journalist Kimberly Dozier bought a condo on 19th Street near Dupont Circle for $915,000. A correspondent for CBS News, Dozier was injured in a Baghdad car bombing in 2006.
Former Redskin Joe Jacoby and his wife, Irene, sold this five-bedroom, six-bath Colonial in Vienna for $1.3 million. The house has a pool and eight-person spa. Jacoby, an offensive lineman from 1981 to 1993, played in four Super Bowls.
Car mogul Jamie Darvish also made a big sale. He sold a four-bedroom, five-bath penthouse in the Georgetown Ritz-Carlton for $7.3 million to finance executive Gregory S. Ledford. The two-level condo has views of the Potomac River. Darvish, whose father, John Darvish, founded Darcars Automotive Group, is vice president of his family’s company. Ledford is head of the automotive-and-transportation division at the Carlyle Group, the DC private-equity powerhouse.
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and wife Jean, a physicist, bought this Colonial in Chevy Chase for $1.6 million. The renovated house has five bedrooms and four baths. Chu won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1997.
Louis E. Caldera, who resigned his White House job after the Air Force One photo flap, bought a six-bedroom, five-bath Colonial on Darby Road in Bethesda’s Bradley Hills Grove for $1.2 million. Caldera, who was director of the White House Military Office, resigned after an Air Force One photo shoot over Manhattan scared New Yorkers and sparked controversy. Caldera, who approved the photo shoot, was President Clinton’s Secretary of the Army from 1998 to 2001.
Foreign-policy expert Antony Blinken and wife Evan Ryan, a staffer for Vice President Joe Biden, bought a five-bedroom, five-bath Victorian-style rowhouse on Q Street in Georgetown for $2.1 million. The house has pine floors, five fireplaces, and a gourmet kitchen. Blinken is national-security adviser to the Vice President; Ryan, a former Hillary Clinton staffer, works in the Vice President’s intergovernmental-affairs office.
Seller: MSNBC Chief Washington correspondent Norah O’Donnell and local restauranteur Geoff Tracy
Asking price: $1,850,000
Details: The local power couple, who has three young kids, put their four-bedroom, four-bath Wesley Heights Colonial on the market. According to the listing, the house was built in 1934 and has been fully renovated. It has a formal living room with fireplace, a “spectacular” gourmet kitchen, and a dining room with French doors that leads to a flagstone terrace. O’Donnell and Tracy bought the house, which is just around the corner from Tracy’s flagship restaurant Cheff Geoff’s, for $1,465,000 in 2005.
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