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April 2013 Volume 48, Number 7

Cover Story

Seller’s Market

Prices are up, homes are selling fast, and in some sought-after neighborhoods, bidding wars and escalation clauses are back. We talked to experts about the housing rebound. Plus—stories from recent homebuyers, tips for beating the competition, and profiles of the hottest areas. Edited by Mary Clare Glover.

On the Cover: Photograph for The Washingtonian by Jeff Elkins, digital manipulation by Jesse Lenz.


Spring Forward

Black and white. Florals. Bold prints. Muted pastels. Fourteen fashion bloggers model these and other looks of the season. By Kate Bennett

Dirty Little Secret

One year ago, a prostitution scandal rocked the Secret Service and embarrassed the White House. Was it a one-time incident or part of a pattern of bad behavior? By Shane Harris

A King with No Country

Kigeli V Ndahindurwa ruled Rwanda for just nine months before fleeing a revolt. Now 76 and living on public assistance in Virginia, he longs to return to the throne. By Ariel Sabar

Capital Comment

Olympus Has Fallen vs. White House Down . . . Where celebrities have been arrested in Washington . . . Dating across the aisle . . . Simple, strong cocktails . . . Al Jazeera wants to be on your TV. Behind the Scenes Inside the Washington National Opera’s costume studio. Anatomy How to book an elephant for an Indian wedding.

Where & When

“Earth Matters” at the National Museum of African Art . . . Gladys Knight at Strathmore . . . Filmfest DC returns … Fleetwood Mac rocks the Verizon Center . . . Other Desert Cities at Arena . . . A world premiere by Theater J’s Ari Roth . . . American Ballet Theatre at the KenCen . . . SNL alums at the Birchmere.


What I’ve Learned Former Politics and Prose owner Barbara Meade on books, being a boss, and more. Let’s Play Ball! The Nationals may be the one thing that can unite this divided town. What Made Me How being a teen mom drove DC police chief Cathy Lanier to succeed.


Great Escapes Fifteen dream weekends—from beachfront resorts to urban adventures. Top Dentists More than 300 general dentists and specialists who can take good care of your teeth.


Staying True Robert Wiedmaier’s Wildwood Kitchen in Bethesda is his best place in years. Plus—Bryan Voltaggio’s new venture in Friendship Heights, Balkan cuisine on Capitol Hill, Philly cheesesteaks on H Street, and Mediterranean in Sterling.


Easier To Be Green Energy-efficient materials are becoming standard—and saving homeowners money. Alone in the Garden Some people, like some flowers, are happiest in solitude. It took one woman a long time to realize she was one of them. Best of Fairfax Where to eat, shop, and play, including exciting spots in the new Mosaic district. Luxury Homes Developer Herb Miller sells for big money—plus other top deals. Pets With Georgetown’s bulldog mascot retiring, a new pup is training to replace him. First Person An odd request for the Tooth Fairy.