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Luxury Homes: December 2008

Robert Shapiro buys a $2.9-million house that once listed for $4.2 million—plus dermatologist Tina Alster sells for $3.8 million

Steven McCormick, former head of the Nature Conservancy, sold this five-bedroom McLean Colonial for $2.2 million. All photographs by David Pipkin.

In DC: Dermatologist Tina Alster and her husband, Paul Frazer, sold a five-bedroom, seven-bath stucco house in Kent for $3.8 million. The house has a wine cellar and five fireplaces. A former Canadian diplomat, Frazer is a senior adviser for mCapitol Management, a government-relations firm.

Ex-diplomat John J. Danilovich sold a seven-bedroom, seven-bath house in Georgetown for around $4 million. The onetime home of journalist Joseph Alsop, it has a pool and four fireplaces. Danilovich, former ambassador to Costa Rica and Brazil, is CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a government-funded foreign-aid program.

PR executive Greg Schneiders and his wife, Marie, bought a four-bedroom, four-bath Colonial on 30th Street in Chevy Chase DC for $1.1 million. Schneiders, who worked in the Carter White House, is a founding partner of Prime Group, a branding-and-marketing firm.

Journalist Geneva Overholzer and her husband, David Westphal, sold a five-bedroom, four-bath townhouse on Tilden Street in Forest Hills for $875,000. A former ombudsman of the Washington Post, Overholzer is director of the journalism school at the University of Southern California.

Economist Robert Shapiro bought a seven-bedroom, seven-bath Tudor-style house on Tilden Street in Forest Hills for $2.9 million. Originally listed for $4.2 million, it sits on more than an acre and overlooks Rock Creek Park. Shapiro is chair of the Globalization Initiative at NDN, a progressive think tank and advocacy group. From 1997 to 2001, he was a top official in President Clinton’s Commerce Department.

Dermatologist Tina Alster sold this five-bedroom in DC for $3.8 million.

Entertainment executive Kenneth Feld sold a three-bedroom, four-bath penthouse in the Colonnade near Observatory Circle for $1.4 million to Sanford Ungar and his wife, Beth. Feld is CEO of Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Ungar, a former writer at the Washington Post and Washington editor of the Atlantic, is president of Baltimore’s Goucher College.

In Maryland: Reggae producer Gary Himmelfarb and his wife, Deborah Manzari, bought a house on Baltan Road in Bethesda’s Sumner neighborhood for $1 million. The house has four bedrooms, four baths, and a pool. Nicknamed Dr. Dread, Himmelfarb founded RAS Records, a DC-based label.

Foreign-policy expert Dimitri K. Simes sold a three-bedroom, four-bath contemporary on Nevis Road in Bethesda’s Bannockburn Estates for $1.1 million. The house has a wet bar, vaulted ceilings, and an artist’s studio. Simes is president of the Nixon Center, a DC think tank.

In Virginia: Steven McCormick and wife Kathryn sold a five-bedroom, five-bath Colonial in the Reserve, a development in McLean, for $2.2 million. The house has a two-story conservatory. McCormick is former CEO of the Nature Conservancy, the Arlington-based environmental group.

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

This article first appeared in the December 2008 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles from that issue, click here.