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Luxury Homes: April 2009

Charles Vance—ex–Secret Service agent and former son-in-law of Gerald Ford—sells his McLean home for $3.6 million

George Washington University sold the Kalorama home of former president Steve Trachtenberg for $3.4 million. Photograph by David Pipkin

In DC: Lawyer Steven E. Adkins bought an eight-bedroom, seven-bath brick Georgian in Kalorama for $3.4 million. The house, which listed for $3.7 million, was home to former George Washington University president Stephen Trachtenberg and his wife, Francine. It has parking for five cars, a library, an elevator, and five fireplaces. Adkins, a trial lawyer who specializes in intellectual property, is a partner in the DC office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

In Maryland: Basketball star Delonte West bought an eight-bedroom, seven-bath custom home in Fort Washington for $1.1 million. The house, which listed for $1.3 million, has a Potomac River view, a gym, and a three-car garage. West, a guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, was a star player at Greenbelt’s Eleanor Roosevelt High School, where he graduated in 2001, and at St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania.

Top nephrologist Christopher Wilcox sold this Great Falls Colonial for $1.1 million. Photograph by David Pipkin

Lawyer K. Lee Blalack II bought a six-bedroom, six-bath Colonial on Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda for $3.2 million. The house has a pool, tennis court, five-car garage, and carriage house. Blalack is a partner in the DC office of O’Melveny & Myers; in 2005, he negotiated a deal for former congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham in which Cunningham admitted to taking more than $2 million in bribes.

Kenneth M. Fine sold a home in Potomac’s Bells Mill Estates neighborhood for $1.2 million. Fine is a surgeon with the Orthopedic Center in Rockville.

In Virginia: Charles Vance sold a six-bedroom, ten-bath home in McLean for $3.6 million. The house, which listed for $4.3 million and was on the market for more than a year, has a pool with spa and waterfall, an exercise room, an elevator, and a three-car garage. Vance, a former Secret Service agent for President Gerald Ford and Vice Presidents Hubert Humphrey and Spiro Agnew, founded Vance International, a security firm, in 1984. The company was bought by Garda Global, a Montreal-based security firm, in 2006. Vance and Ford’s daughter, Susan, married in 1979 but later divorced.

PR and marketing exec Penelope Longbottom sold a three-bedroom, three-bath Cape Cod on 28th Street North in Arlington for $815,000. The house, in East Falls Church, has a two-level deck. Longbottom is founder and president of Longbottom Communications in Arlington.

Christopher S. Wilcox sold a four-bedroom, four-bath Colonial in Great Falls for $1.1 million. The house, which listed for $1.3 million, has an updated kitchen and library. Wilcox is chief of the division of nephrology and hypertension at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Alexandria lawyer A. Hugo Blankingship III sold a five-bedroom, four-bath Colonial on Taji Court in Herndon for $850,000. The house has a two-story foyer, media room, and wet bar. In 1993, he founded Blankingship & Associates, which focuses on consumer fraud and uncontested divorces.

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

This article first appeared in the April 2009 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles from that issue, click here.