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As early as the end of World War II, the Friendlys' home had became a focal point for Georgetown's rich and famous and played host to an annual Christmas Eve party attended by those in positions of power in politics and the press. Mrs. Friendly a native Washingtonian and lifelong Democrat pushed for home rule for the District in the 1950s. She participated in D.C.'s first presidential primary in 1952, operating the Georgetown campaign office for Averell Harriman. In 1956, she campaigned for Adlai Stevenson in his Presidential bid and he is said to have played tennis often at her home. After her husband died in 1983, Mrs. Friendly oversaw the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships that has allowed some 200 foreign journalists to train in the U.S. and visit in her home.
The Friendlys' circa 1810 estate, with expansive lawn and brick pathways leading to a two-bedroom cottage, artist studio, greenhouse and goldfish pond, is one of the most serene settings in Georgetown. The main Federal era house is grand but not overly formal. Among its historic architectural elements are a Mansard slate roof and custom-made wrought iron ornamentation on windows and doors. Vintage random width pine floors and carved marble mantles above six fireplaces grace its classically proportioned rooms. The six-bedroom home four and half bath home was listed for $3.2 million by Washington Fine Properties agents Giselle Theberge and Marylyn Paige. Dr. J. Gardner, is parting with 3040 O Street﹐ N﹒W﹒ with an asking price of $2,075,000. The five-bedroom home with four full baths was listed by Washington Fine Properties' Cecelia Leake and is currently under contract. In Hillandale, 3919 Ivy Terrace Court has changed hands. Built in 1987, the end-unit townhouse backs over an acre of parkland and has three bedrooms and three and a half baths. The sellers, author Patricia Randolph and attorney Jerome Randolph, received $1.479 million from Susana and Carlos Elbirt, a World Bank economist. Long and Foster's Nancy Itteilag was the listing agent.
Nancy Itteilag was the selling agent for 3527 Winfield Lane representing Jonathan and Kelly Gardner in their $1,725,000 purchase. The sellers are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Y. Millian, who bought the house new twenty-four years ago. Ken Millian is chairman of the consulting firm Millian Byers Associates. Previously he was corporate vice president of W. R. Grace & Co. and before that spent a quarter century with the Foreign Service in Latin America and Asia.
Washington Fine Properties' realtor Jim Bell and mortgage banker Mark Scott are set to sell their Kalorama home at 2107 Wyoming Avenue﹐ N﹒W﹒ The two purchased the property in late 2002 for $1,950,000. After extensive renovation it is now under contract with an asking price of $3,999,900. Built in 1911, the home was featured last year in Washington Life and is noteworthy for its size and period details. Comprised of a 7,000 square-foot main house, two-story carriage house and staff quarters, there are a total of nine bedrooms, six bathrooms, two half bathrooms and four kitchens. The oval dining room and formal living room feature magnificent mahogany floors. Most of the public rooms also have antique wall moldings and original fireplaces with recessed stained-glass windows set in the alcoves above their ornate mantels.
Marci Mathews Sliman is selling her beautifully restored 1925 Wesley Heights cottage at 3024 45th Street﹐ N﹒W﹒ Highlights include hardwood floors, two walls of windows offering garden views, and French doors leading from the dining room to a tiered entertainment deck. The living room features a wood-burning fireplace. The family room has a bay window, and the eatin kitchen contains state of the art appliances. There are three bedrooms and two and a half baths. Patrick Chauvin with Washington Fine Properties has the property under contract with a list price of $1,189,000.
Weichert realtor Piper Gioia and Eric Gioia, formerly an executive vice president with Robbins-Gioia, have bought the five-bedroom house at 6451 Kedleston Court in McLean for $3.67 million. The seller was David Decker a high-end builder who renovated the home after it was damaged by fire. The selling agent was Mrs. Gioia, Weichert Realtor's Penny Yerks. Highlights of the property include a pool and pool house and his and her studies.
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