From our February issue, a look at the biggest Washington real estate deals.
In DC: Former senator Bill Brock and his wife, Sandy, sold a two-bedroom, three-bath condo on Water Street in Georgetown for $2 million. The unit has floor-to-ceiling windows, a private terrace, and access to a shared rooftop pool. Bill Brock was a Tennessee senator from 1971 to 1977.
Palestinian-American businessman Hani Masri and his wife, Cheryl, bought a five-bedroom, six-bath home in DC’s Berkley neighborhood for $2.7 million. The house has a wine cellar, pool, and pool house. Hani Masri, a top fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential campaign, is an advocate for Palestinian causes in Washington.
Teacher and journalist Frank Sesno bought an Arts and Crafts–style house in the Palisades for $1.8 million. It has five bedrooms, six baths, and an artist’s studio. A former CNN correspondent, Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.
Lawyer Karl Racine bought a two-bedroom, three-bath condo on T Street near Logan Circle for $1.2 million. The two-story unit has a rooftop deck with city views. Racine is a managing partner at the law firm Venable, where he focuses on corporate defense and commercial litigation.
Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, sold a home on Calvert Street in Woodley Park for $1.1 million. The midcentury-modern house has three bedrooms and four baths. Talbott is a former Time magazine journalist and State Department official.
Former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro sold a two-bedroom, two-bath condo on Pennsylvania Avenue in Penn Quarter for $910,000. The building has a view of the Capitol. A former congresswoman from New York, Ferraro was Walter Mondale’s running mate in the 1984 presidential election.
In Virginia: Marvin Bush bought a 3,000-square-foot condo in Rosslyn’s Turnberry Tower condominium for $2.5 million. The building has a 24-hour concierge, valet parking, and an indoor pool. The youngest son of former President George H.W. Bush, Marvin Bush is cofounder and managing partner at Winston Partners, an investment firm based in Arlington.
Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz bought a five-bedroom, five-bath Colonial in Arlington for $1.6 million. Built in 2010, the house has two laundry rooms and a media room. The Capitals picked Schultz in the first round of the 2004 NHL draft.
Former Redskins defensive back Fred Smoot sold a five-bedroom, seven-bath Colonial in Great Falls for $1.5 million. The 8,000-square-foot house has a media room, exercise room, and bar. A cornerback, Smoot played for the Skins from 2001 to 2004 and again from 2007 to 2009.
Chef Jeff Tunks and his wife, Katharine, sold a four-bedroom, four-bath home on Gunston Road in Lorton for $945,000. On six acres, the house has a pool and a boat slip on a private marina. Jeff Tunks is a partner at Passion Food Hospitality, which owns several area restaurants including DC Coast, Ceiba, and Acadiana.
In Maryland: Businessman David Eisner and his wife, Lori, sold a seven-bedroom, eight-bath Colonial in Bethesda for $4 million. Built in 1913, the 5,000-square-foot house has seven fireplaces and a pool. A former executive at AOL Time Warner, David Eisner is president of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Symphony conductor Leonard Slatkin sold a six-bedroom, nine-bath Colonial on Alloway Drive in Potomac for $2.4 million. On more than two acres, the house has a floating curved stairway in its two-story foyer, a pool, and a tennis court. Former director of the National Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin was recently named music director of France’s Orchestre National de Lyon.
Banking executive Michael Harreld and his wife, Susan, sold a four-bedroom, five-bath Tudor in Chevy Chase for $2.1 million. The buyer was lawyer William J. Curtin III, a partner at the law firm Hogan Lovells. Michael Harreld is regional president of PNC Bank, Greater Washington.
Some sales information provided by American City Business Leads and Diana Hart of Sotheby’s International Realty.
This article first appeared in the February 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.