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The architecture was inspired by Le Corbusier. By Michelle Thomas

Nestled in the woods of Potomac’s Bradley Farms on more than 80,000 square feet of land, this award-winning glass-walled creation—designed by architect Warren Cox of Hartman-Cox and built in 1974—takes its distinctive architectural inspiration from the Swiss architect and modernist pioneer Le Corbusier. The sprawling 8,000-square-foot, open-layout home includes six bedrooms, nine and a half bathrooms, a wet bar, a wine cellar, a dressing room with three walk-in closets, and a glass-enclosed exercise room on its three levels. Then there are the outdoor amenities: Tucked among extensive gardens is a spacious tiered deck, plus a self-covering pool and a tennis court. A pool house and a two-bedroom guest house sit nearby. The property is listed at $2.695 million. Read on for a look at this unusual design, then head to TTR Sotheby’s for details and the full tour of the home.


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Posted at 03:16 PM/ET, 04/10/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
So fancy that the powder room involves hand-pressed gold leaf on the walls. By Michelle Thomas

Ranking as the most expensive condo currently available in Washington, this penthouse at the Residences at Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown is predictably loaded with luxury. Custom-designed by architect Stephen Muse and interior designer Marcie Royle of Stuhlberg Interiors, this 4,300-square-foot apartment spotlights a laundry list of high-end finishes: marble and black-walnut flooring, sycamore kitchen cabinets, top-of-the-line appliances (including an integrated Miele espresso maker), heated floors and spa-style amenities in the master bath, a double-sided fireplace, and a powder room outfitted with hand-pressed gold leaf walls and a glass vessel pedestal sink. There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, dual walk-in closets, a climate-controlled wine room with space for more than 400 bottles, formal and informal dining areas, and two valet parking spaces. The property is listed at $7.995 million. Keep reading for a quick look, then head to TTR Sotheby’s for the full tour.

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Posted at 02:59 PM/ET, 04/03/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The land was originally owned by George Washington. By Michelle Thomas

Built on property that was originally part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, this 8,000-square-foot home features five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and seven fireplaces, plus a giant chef’s kitchen, an elevator, a home gym, a club room, and a wood-paneled library. But the standout here is the property—sidled up to the Potomac river, this waterfront home also comes with a 60-foot private dock, a sundeck, and a backyard pool, plus walls of windows to take full advantage of that view. The home is listed at $4.25 million. Read on for a quick look, then go to Washington Fine Properties for a complete tour.

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Posted at 11:48 AM/ET, 03/27/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Communications bigwig Dan Sallick strikes two top-dollar deals in Georgetown.
This house fetched $4.1 million in Chevy Chase. Photographs by David Pipkin.

Dan Sallick and Elizabeth Miller paid $3.9 million for this DC home.


Communications executive Dan Sallick and wife Elizabeth Miller bought and sold in Georgetown. The couple let go of a four-bedroom, five-bath townhouse for $3.9 million. It had been gutted to create a modern, open space. In exchange, they bought an eight-bedroom, six-bath home on Q Street for $3.4 million. That house has a wine cellar, housekeeper quarters, a pool, and a rooftop cupola with views of the Kennedy Center. A former press secretary to House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt, Sallick is cofounder of Home Front Communications, an advertising, branding, and design agency.

Entrepreneur Otto Hoernig III sold a three-bedroom, five-bath Federal-style house on Potomac Street in Georgetown for $2.6 million. The property, built in 1805, includes a carriage house. Hoernig helped found Spacelink International, a government contractor in Dulles that he later sold for more than $150 million. He’s now president of the Tysons telecommunications firm Trace Systems and also runs Casa Noble, a high-end tequila distillery in Mexico.

Lawyer Michael Gergen bought a home on Ordway Street in Cleveland Park for $1.8 million. The five-bedroom, five-bath contemporary house has an elevator and a pool. Gergen is a partner at Latham & Watkins, where he specializes in energy and project finance.

In Maryland

Finance executive William Kappaz and wife Laura bought a Colonial in Chevy Chase for $4.1 million. Built in 2009, the 8,000-square-foot house has six bedrooms and six baths. William Kappaz is CEO of the Dorado Group, a Washington private-equity firm.

Educators Ashby and Clare Anderson bought a five-bedroom, seven-bath Victorian on Primrose Street in Chevy Chase for $2 million. It has a heated swimming pool and master-bedroom suite with his-and-hers baths. Clare Anderson is a school counselor who runs her own education consulting firm; Ashby Anderson is an English teacher at the Landon School in Bethesda.

Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise and wife Christina Lohs bought a five-bedroom, three-bath Colonial on Levelle Drive in North Chevy Chase for $860,000. The house, between Rock Creek Park and the Audubon Naturalist Society’s Woodend Nature Sanctuary, was recently renovated.

Lobbyist Brett Loper’s new $2.1-million home.

In Virginia

Lobbyist Brett Loper and wife Ginger bought a home in Arlington’s Country Club Hills for $2.1 million. A former senior aide for House speaker John Boehner, Loper is senior vice president of government affairs at American Express.

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

This article appears in the April 2014 issue of Washingtonian.


Posted at 02:00 PM/ET, 03/21/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A ’40s-era condo goes über-contemporary, thanks to a 2007 redo by architect Robert Gurney. By Michelle Thomas

Back in the 1940s, this end-unit rowhouse on R Street was used as a naval officers’ club. In 1990, it was converted into condos, and in 2007, the current owner commissioned contemporary architect Robert M. Gurney to redesign the space. Now, the renovated 2,500-square-foot apartment is an indoor-outdoor oasis of sleek, modern lines, with an arched wall in the open living layout, ebony-stained white-oak floors, a gourmet kitchen decked out with top-level appliances, and a sleek, pegboard-style wine cellar. In the back, southwest-facing glass walls overlook a private terrace, designed with multiple entrances for maximum entertaining potential. Upstairs, the master suite includes a dressing room and a master bath fitted with an aluminum vanity, a soaking tub, and a rainfall shower. Elsewhere, there are two more bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a wet bar and custom detailing such as built-in cabinetry, a movable wall, and a Murphy bed. The property is listed at $2.75 million. See below for a look, then head to TTR Sotheby’s for the full tour.

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Posted at 02:09 PM/ET, 03/20/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Panoramic views of the Potomac. By Michelle Thomas

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.

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Posted at 02:21 PM/ET, 03/13/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The master bath has a soaking tub and a fireplace. By Michelle Thomas

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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Posted at 02:25 PM/ET, 03/05/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
This place has a solar-heated saltwater pool. By Michelle Thomas

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.

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Posted at 01:29 PM/ET, 02/26/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Five homes sell for $3 million and up—including $4.5 million in Kalorama and $3.8 million in Bethesda.
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall spent $3 million on this Colonial in DC. Photographs by David Pipkin.


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.

Internet executive David Schaeffer paid $4.5 million for a Kalorama home.

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.

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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.

Real-estate exec James Underhill collected $3.8 million for this Bethesda Colonial.

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.

In Virginia

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.

Posted at 10:13 AM/ET, 02/21/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
This completely restored Tudor is listed at just under $6 million. By Michelle Thomas

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.

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Posted at 03:26 PM/ET, 02/20/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()