Design & Home

Here’s Who Paid the Most for Residential Real Estate in 2014

Details on a few of the year’s top deals, including David Gregory's $5.5-million home.
The $5.5-million Phillips Park home bought by former Meet the Press host David Gregory. Photographs of homes by David Pipkin.

Yesterday we brought you a list of the ten most expensive homes that went on the market in 2014. Now, here’s a roundup of the priciest deals that went down—who bought where, how much they knocked down the asking price, and how long each property stayed on the market.

1. Bought for $5.5 Million

David Gregory, former host of NBC’s Meet the Press, and wife Beth Wilkinson, a partner at Paul, Weiss, purchased a newly built seven-bedroom, eight-bath French Provincial (pictured above), designed by architect David Jones. The home includes a library, a conservatory, and a large terrace.

Listed: $5.7 million.

Closed: May 29.

Days on market: 238.

Neighborhood: Phillips Park (near Foxhall).

2. Bought for $4.1 Million

Mark Spindel, founder and chief executive of Potomac River Capital, and wife Kathryn bought a five-bedroom, eight-bath modern house designed by architect Robert M. Gurney. The home overlooks the Potomac River, with a saltwater lap pool and a detached guest suite.

Listed: $4.5 million.

Closed: February 28.

Days on market: 243.

Neighborhood: Bethesda’s Glen Echo Heights.

3. Bought for $4 Million

Alan Faneca, former NFL player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and wife Julie bought this new five-bedroom, eight-bath home with 9,000 square feet in McLean’s Spring Hill Farm community.

Listed: $4 million.

Closed: May 9.

Days on market: 1.

Neighborhood: McLean.

4. Sold for $3.9 Million

Dan Sallick and wife Elizabeth Miller sold their four-bedroom, five-bath Victorian rowhouse, which had been renovated by architect Robert M. Gurney to create an open, modern layout.

Listed: $4.2 million.

Closed: January 15.

Days on market: 27.

Neighborhood: Georgetown.

5. Sold for $3.8 Million

Though Jon and Mary Kaye Huntsman fell short of what they were asking, the final sale price of their five-bedroom, six-bath was still more than what they paid for Fred Thompson’s house. Fun fact: Bravo’s Top Chef: Washington, DC was filmed here.

Listed: $4.2 million.

Closed: February 28.

Days on market: 1.

Neighborhood: Kalorama.

6. Bought for $3.4 Million

Dan Sallick, cofounder of Home Front Communications, and wife Elizabeth Miller moved just a half mile to this eight-bedroom, six-bath villa from the home they sold. The new one has a wine cellar, housekeeper quarters, a pool, and a cupola with Kennedy Center views.

Listed: $4 million.

Closed: January 15.

Days on market: 202.

Neighborhood: Georgetown.

7. Sold for $3.1 Million

Fred Thompson, actor/former politician, and wife Jeri sold their seven-bedroom, six-bath Colonial to fellow Republican politician Jon Huntsman and his wife, Mary Kaye. The Huntsmans got five fireplaces, a pool, and a four-car garage.

Listed: $3.3 million.

Closed: February 28.

Days on market: 1.

Neighborhood: McLean.

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

This article appears in the January 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

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