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Luxury Homes: November 2009

Rookie standout Brian Orakpo buys in Leesburg. Plus—deals by Kara Kennedy, Tim Geithner.

Brian Orakpo bought this $940,000 home in Leesburg near some of his Redskin teammates. Photograph by David Pipkin.

In Virginia: Redskins rookie defensive end Brian Orakpo bought a six-bedroom, seven-bath home in Leesburg for $940,000. The 8,372-square-foot house has a home theater and three-car garage. Orakpo was the Skins’ first-round pick in the 2009 draft.

Business executive Tom DePasquale bought a seven-bedroom, eight-bath Colonial on Southdown Road in Alexandria for $4.9 million. The Nantucket-style house is on a waterfront lot with a dock and boat lift. DePasquale is executive vice president of technology at Concur, which provides corporate travel-and-expense-management software.

In Maryland: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and his wife, Carole, bought a rambler in Bethesda for $950,000. Geithner was head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before being sworn in by President Obama in January.

Kara Kennedy sold a three-bedroom, four-bath Colonial in Bethesda’s Wood Acres neighborhood for $845,000. Kennedy bought the house for $840,000 in 2008. Daughter of the late Ted Kennedy, she is on the board of the Washington-based National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Businessman and philanthropist Melvin Cohen and his wife, Ryna, bought a two-bedroom, four-bath condo in Chevy Chase’s Parc Somerset for $3.6 million. Cohen is former owner of the local film-processing company District Photo.

In DC: Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin and his wife, Nicole Elkon, bought a five-bedroom, five-bath Colonial in Wesley Heights for $3.2 million. Former president of the Hartford Financial Services Group, Wolin is a veteran of Washington, having worked at Treasury, the CIA, and the Clinton White House.

Energy executive James Connaughton and his wife, Susanna, bought a six-bedroom, eight-bath home on University Terrace in Kent for $3.2 million. Built in 2008, the 9,100-square-foot house has a mahogany-paneled library, a theater room, and a wine cellar. Connaughton—chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President George W. Bush—is head of corporate affairs and public and environmental policy at Constellation Energy, a company based in Baltimore.

Conservative pundit Ramesh Ponnuru and his wife, April, a public-policy executive, sold a recently renovated three-bedroom, four-bath Victorian rowhouse on Massachusetts Avenue on Capitol Hill for $827,500. Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review. April Ponnuru is executive director of the National Review Institute, a think tank tied to the magazine.

Carey Winfrey, editor of Smithsonian magazine, and his wife, Jane, sold a five-bedroom, five-bath Colonial on Reno Road in North Cleveland Park for $1.1 million.

Fred Finelli sold a five-bedroom, five-bath Tudor-style home on Garfield Street in Wesley Heights for $2.02 million. The house, which listed for $2.25 million, has a kitchen with cathedral ceilings and a rear terrace and garden. Finelli is a surgeon and president of the medical staff at Washington Hospital Center.

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