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Luxury Homes: Top Chef, Top Dollar

From Top Chef to the Redskins’ Trent Williams, here’s what’s moving in big-name Washington real estate

Fans of Bravo’s Top Chef may recognize this Kalorama mansion. It sold for $3.6 million. Photograph by David Pipkin

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. 

In Virginia: Redskins first-round draft pick Trent Williams bought a four-bedroom, seven-bath home in Ashburn for $2 million. The two-year-old house—which listed for $2.3 million—has a bar, gym, and five-car garage. The fourth pick in the 2010 NFL draft, Williams is an offensive tackle.

Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon Brian Subach traded up. After selling a six-bedroom, seven-bath Colonial on Terkes View Drive in Great Falls for $1.9 million, he bought a five-bedroom, eight-bath Colonial on Dunlay Drive in McLean for $4.3 million. The new house sits on more than two acres and has a heated pool and five-car garage. Subach is director of research at the Virginia Spine Institute in Reston.

Orthopedic surgeon William Martin III bought a six-bedroom, seven-bath Colonial on Nalls Farm Way in Great Falls for $1.7 million. The house, which has a three-car garage and five fireplaces, was on the market almost two years. Martin is medical director of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Professor and journalist Frank Sesno sold a five-bedroom, five-bath Colonial on Dogwood Farm Lane in Great Falls for $1.4 million. A former CNN correspondent, Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.

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

This article first appeared in the October 2010 issue of The Washingtonian.

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