News & Politics

Luxury Homes: November 2008

Ex-Caps goalie Ollie Kolzig sells in Potomac for $3.4 million. Booz Allen’s Ralph Shrader buys $5.2-million penthouse condo in Rosslyn.

Democratic operative Doug Sosnik bought this $5.6-million Colonial in DC’s Spring Valley neighborhood. Photograph by David Pipkin.

In DC: Television journalist Lara Logan bought a four-bedroom, four-bath Tudor in Cleveland Park for $1.5 million. Built in 1935, the house has a master suite with a loft. Logan is chief foreign-affairs correspondent for CBS News.

Lawyer William Howard Taft IV sold a brick Colonial on 35th Street in Cleveland Park for $1.9 million. The four-bedroom, five-bath house is on a corner lot. Taft, great-grandson of President William Howard Taft, is of counsel at the DC law office of Fried Frank. From 1989 to 1992, he was US ambassador to NATO; from 2001 to 2005, he was the Department of State’s legal adviser.

Democratic operative Doug Sosnik and his wife, Fabiana Jorge, bought an eight-bedroom, seven-bath Colonial in Spring Valley for $5.6 million. The house has a chef’s kitchen and heated pool. Sosnik was an adviser to President Bill Clinton for six years; his book, Applebee’s America: How Successful Political, Business, and Religious Leaders Connect With the New American Community—cowritten with former George W. Bush strategist Matthew Dowd and Associated Press political reporter Ron Fournier—was published in 2006.

Legal writer Emily Bazelon and her husband, environmental expert Paul Sabin, sold a Colonial on Chesapeake Street in American University Park for $1.1 million. Bazelon is a senior editor at the online magazine Slate; Sabin is an assistant professor of environmental history at Yale.

Real-estate developer and man-about-town John Cecchi bought a two-bedroom, two-bath Federal-style townhouse on P Street in Georgetown for $900,000. Built in 1872, the house has original pine floors.

In Maryland: Former Washington Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig sold a seven-bedroom, nine-bath Arts and Crafts–style home in Potomac for $3.4 million. The house has a three-car garage, exercise room, and five fireplaces. After playing 16 seasons with the Capitals, Kolzig signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning in July.

Journalist Jonathan Weisman bought a five-bedroom, four-bath Colonial on Rannoch Road in Bethesda for $1.4 million. Weisman is a national political reporter for the Washington Post.

In Virginia: Booz Allen CEO Ralph Shrader bought a four-bedroom, five-bath penthouse in Rosslyn’s new Waterview Residences for $5.2 million. The 4,500-square-foot condo has views of Georgetown and the monuments. Shrader has led the McLean-based consulting firm since 1999.

Retired four-star admiral William Fallon and his wife, Mary, bought a four-bedroom, five-bath Colonial townhouse on Union Street in Old Town Alexandria for $1.6 million. Former commander of the US Central Command, which oversees the military in the Middle East, Fallon retired in March amid reports that he and the Bush administration disagreed on policy toward Iran. He was replaced by Army general David Petraeus.

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

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