News & Politics

Luxury Homes: November 2006

Literary power couple Marie Arana and Jonathan Yardley sell for $1.8 million on Capitol Hill. Tycoon Mitchell Rales deals in Potomac.

Curtin Winsor III sold this six-bedroom townhouse in Georgetown’s East Village for its list price of $3.2 million. The 196-year-old house has five fireplaces. Winsor founded the Bank of Georgetown and co-owns American Chemical Services Company, a storage and shipping company in West Virginia. Photograph by David Pipkin.
Pollster power couple Andrew Kohut and Diane Colasanto bought this four-bedroom Colonial in Georgetown for $3.3 million. The house listed for $3.5 million and has a pool and elevator. Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, was president of the Gallup Organization and founded Princeton Survey Research Associates. Colasanto is the former president of the Princeton survey firm. Photograph by David Pipkin.

In Virginia: Legal scholar Viet Dinh and his wife, lawyer Jennifer Ashworth Dinh, bought a four-bedroom Beaux Arts home in Alexandria’s Wellington neighborhood for $4.08 million. Built in 1914, the house sits on Arcturus on the Potomac Road and has views of the river, the Capitol, and the Washington Monument. It has a pool, hot tub, media room, and dock with boat and Jet Ski lifts. Viet Dinh, a Georgetown University law professor, clerked for Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor, served as an assistant attorney general from 2001 to 2003, and is one of the authors of the Patriot Act. He is also founder of Bancroft Associates, a DC law and consulting firm where his wife also works.

Republican pollster and pundit Bill McInturff sold a four-bedroom Colonial on Stonebridge Road in Alexandria for $815,000. McInturff conducted the polling for Senator John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign and is a partner and cofounder of Public Opinion Strategies.

PR bigwig Peter Hannaford and his wife, Irene, sold this house in Georgetown to IT executive Marc Teren for $1.3 million. Hannaford, who was President Reagan’s senior communications adviser, is a consultant to APCO Worldwide, based in Washington. Teren has been CEO of several Internet companies, including the Washington Post’s Internet subsidiary. Photograph by David Pipkin.

In DC: Washington Post Book World couple Marie Arana and Jonathan Yardley sold a Victorian rowhouse on Fifth Street on Capitol Hill for $1.8 million. The four-bedroom house was built in 1890. Arana, whose novel Cellophane came out this year, is editor of Book World; Yardley is a noted Post book reviewer.

In Maryland: Local tycoon Mitchell Rales sold a four-bedroom, five-bathroom Colonial on McCrossin Lane in Potomac for $1.3 million. The house sits on more than an acre and has two kitchens and a two-story great room. Rales, who Forbes estimates is worth more than $2 billion, cofounded Danaher Corporation, a manufacturing and technology company.