News & Politics

Luxury Homes: August 2008

Wendy Raines lands a $4.3-million Colonial in Cleveland Park.

Wendy Raines, estranged wife of ex–Fannie Mae CEO Frank Raines, bought this Cleveland Park home for $4.3 million. Photograph by David Pipkin

IN DC: Community leader Wendy Raines bought a five-bedroom, six-bath Colonial in Cleveland Park for $4.3 million. Built in 1910, the house listed for $4.5 million and has a pool and elevator. Raines, former chair of Arena Stage and fundraiser for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, is getting divorced from former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines. In March, they put Beechwoods, their seven-bedroom, eight-bath Forest Hills Colonial, on the market for $8.3 million.

Surgical oncologist, professor, and author LaSalle Leffall Jr. and wife Ruth sold a four-bedroom, four-bath Colonial on Ellicott Street in Forest Hills for $1 million. The former chair of Howard University’s Department of Surgery, Leffall was the first black president of the American Cancer Society. His autobiography, No Boundaries: A Cancer Surgeon’s Odyssey, was published in 2005.

Journalist Mark Leibovich sold a four-bedroom, four-bath Colonial rowhouse across from Rock Creek Park in Woodley Park for $880,000. Leibovich, a former Washington Post Style writer, is now with the New York Times.

New York Times writer Mark Leibovich, a former Washington Post reporter, sold this Woodley Park rowhouse for $880,000. Photograph by David Pipkin

In Virginia: Finance executive Kimberly Kuryea bought a five-bedroom, nine-bath French Country stucco estate on 44th Street in McLean’s Gold Coast neighborhood for $5 million. The 11,700-square-foot house, which originally listed for $8 million, overlooks the Potomac River and has a two-story library, exercise room with steam room and sauna, and wine cellar. Kuryea is chief financial officer of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, an engineering-and-technology company headquartered in Fairfax.

In Maryland: Finance executive Mark Schoenfeld sold a four-bedroom, five-bath Colonial on Montgomery Lane in Bethesda’s Edgemoor neighborhood for $1.5 million. The four-story townhouse has a two-car garage and an elevator. Schoenfeld is a managing director at the Carlyle Group, the DC private-equity powerhouse.

Kara Kennedy bought a three-bedroom, three-bath Colonial in Bethesda’s Wood Acres neighborhood for $840,000. Kennedy, daughter of Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy, is involved with VSA Arts, a nonprofit founded by her aunt Jean Kennedy Smith to promote the arts for people with disabilities.

Journalist Jonathan Salant sold a four-bedroom, four-bath contemporary on Thornbush Court in Bethesda’s Grosvenor Woods neighborhood for $935,000. A former president of the National Press Club, Salant is a reporter with Bloomberg News.

Former Consumer Product Safety Commission chair Harold D. Stratton Jr. and wife Theresa sold a five-bedroom, five-bath Colonial on Trailridge Drive in Potomac for $1.1 million. The house has a two-story foyer, a library, and a playhouse.

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

This article first appeared in the August 2008 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles like it, click here.