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Northwest DC House Where Four Were Murdered Is for Sale

The Northwest DC home where three members of a family and their housekeeper were savagely murdered in May is for sale for $3.25 million, according to real-estate records.

Savvas Savopolos, a construction executive, his wife, Amy, and their 10-year-old son, Philip, along with housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, were found dead May 14 in the charred remains of the French estate-style residence, which had been set on fire. Officials say the Savapolouses and Figueroa were held hostage the night before, during which time their assailant collected a $40,000 ransom.

Police later arrested 34-year-old Daron Wint, who once worked for Savvas Savopolos’s company American Iron Works. The Savopoloses also had two teenage daughters, who were away at boarding school when the murders occurred. Wint was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the deaths, and is currently being held without bond.

The 10,828-square-foot home sits on a .37-acre lot on Woodland Drive, Northwest, and features five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. It is being sold “as is.”

Homes where murders or other violent crimes have taken place are often referred to as “stigmatized property,” although few such properties have had their resale values deeply impacted in DC’s hyperactive housing market. While real-estate agents are required to disclose whether a home has been the site of a murder if asked by a potential buyer, they are not obligated to volunteer that information up front.

Staff Writer

Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.