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Luxury Home Sales: What $6.9 Million Buys in Washington

Plus: Columnist David Brooks and lawyer Christine Varney strike a $4-million deal in Cleveland Park, while a Redskins player sells his Virginia home.

David Brooks paid $4 million for this Cleveland Park Victorian. Photographs by David Pipkin.


White House tech czar Steven VanRoekel spent $6.9 million on a DC property.

The White House’s technology czar, Steven VanRoekel, and his wife, Carrie, bought a six-bedroom, ten-bath Colonial in Massachusetts Avenue Heights for $6.9 million. Designed by National Gallery of Art architect John Russell Pope, the house sits on more than an acre and has a pool, pool house, and separate al fresco dining structure. A former Microsoft exec, VanRoekel was named federal chief information officer in August 2011.

Lawyer Christine Varney and her husband, Thomas Graham, sold a five-bedroom, five-bath Victorian in Cleveland Park for $4 million to journalist and author David Brooks and his wife, Sarah. The house has a master suite, library, and two-car garage. A partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Varney is the only person to have served as both US assistant attorney general for antitrust and commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission. She also was personnel counsel for the Obama-Biden Transition Project. Brooks, a New York Times columnist, is the author of three books, including The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement.

Lawyer Adam Feinberg bought a five-bedroom, five-bath house on Woodland Drive in Massachusetts Avenue Heights for $3 million. Built in 1928, its living room, dining room, and library have French doors that open onto a stone terrace and English gardens. Feinberg is chair of the litigation department at Miller & Chevalier.

Ray Kimsey bought a five-bedroom, five-bath Tudor-style home on 36th Street in Observatory Circle for $2.3 million. The house has a flagstone patio garden with a private loggia. The son of former AOL exec Jim Kimsey, Ray Kimsey is a filmmaker who sits on the board of 826DC, a nonprofit that teaches kids creative writing.

Ambassador Sally Shelton-Colby bought a Colonial on 45th Street in American University Park for $940,000. The house has three bedrooms and four baths. Shelton-Colby, a former ambassador to Grenada and Barbados and deputy assistant secretary of State for Latin America, teaches at American University’s School of International Service.

Redskin DeAngelo Hall sold this Leesburg home for $1.2 million.

In Virginia

Lawyer Karen Manos bought a five-bedroom, six-bath Colonial on Knollbrook Drive in Clifton for $1.7 million. On five acres, the home has a pool, barn and dressage ring, and four garages. Manos is a partner at Gibson Dunn, where she is cochair of the government-and-commercial-contracts practice group.

Redskin DeAngelo Hall sold a six-bedroom, seven-bath house in Leesburg for $1.2 million. On three acres, it has a master bedroom with four closets. Hall, a defensive back, joined the Skins in the 2008 season.

In Maryland

Lawyer J. Richard Saas bought a five-bedroom, six-bath home on Cripplegate Road in Potomac for $2.3 million. The 5,400-square-foot house shares four-plus acres with a greenhouse and a horse stable. Saas is a founding partner of Tenenbaum & Saas in Chevy Chase.

Lawyer Mark Cymrot bought a four-bedroom, five-bath Cape Cod on Oakland Road in Kenwood for $1.4 million. The house listed for $1.6 million and was on the market almost six months. Cymrot is a partner at Baker Hostetler, where he specializes in international and commercial litigation and arbitration.

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

David Brooks paid $4 million for this Cleveland Park Victorian.

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

This article appears in the August 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.