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In Washington’s Palisades neighborhood, 5400 Macomb Street NW has been sold by IAD, LLC. for $1,295,000. The four-bedroom home with three baths was listed at $1,350,000 by Washington Fine Properties agent Kara K. Sheehan. Suzanne Monnier, also with Washington Fine Properties, represented the purchasers, Michael and Samantha Chappell, both of whom are political consultants.

Man-about-town Robert M. Higdon now resides in Unit #42 at The Dresden, having given seller William Kircher $1.04 million. Located at 2126 Connecticut Avenue NW in Kalorama Heights, The Dresden was built in 1909 by Harry Wardman and is considered one of Washington’s best addresses. Converted in 1974 from rental apartments to condominiums, the Georgian Revival-style building currently features sixty-two units, all with rich architectural detail. Well-known in international social circles, Higdon is a director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. He also ran the D.C. office of Lady Margaret Thatcher’s foundation and, more recently, hs made news as the executive director of the Washington-based Prince of Wales Foundation – a role in which he succeeded handsomely, despite the fact that he has been criticized in Britain for earning almost the same amount ($600,000-plus per year) as the foundation has handed out to various causes.


Long and Foster realtor Nancy Itteilag has helped sell unit 1102 at the Parc Somerset at 5630 Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase for the second time this year. In May, WL reported that the property was purchased by Leslie Westreich, with Nancy Itteilag serving as the selling agent. In this latest transaction, Ms. Itteilag was Ms. Westreich’s listing agent. The new owner of the two-bedroom, three-bath condominium is developer Sydney Polakoff, who paid $3.3 million for the 3,400-square-foot unit, boasting a large balcony off the living room, a formal library, a gourmet kitchen, high ceilings, granite and marble finishes, and a gas fireplace. Polakoff was assisted by realtor Zelda Heller, also with Long and Foster.

Gerry and John York of Canal Builders, a company responsible for constructing $5 million luxury homes in the Wesley Heights and Spring Valley neighborhoods, have sold 9714 Beman Woods Way in Potomac for $1.9 million. Located at Prescott in Avenel, this four-bedroom colonial was totally renovated by Canal Builders in 2006. It features high ceilings, an architecturally exquisite kitchen, opulently appointed baths, golf course views, a custom-designed wrap-around deck, and a swimming pool.
Appropriately, the new owner is golf guru Hilary Bruggen Fordwich, a contributing editor for Capital Golf, a nine-handicap player, and the president and founder of Strelmark, LLC, a nationally recognized business development firm. A graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, Ms. Fordwich is also an active member of the Ivy Society, which promotes mentoring, networking, and philanthropy among the McIntire School’s female students, alumnae, and friends. At a recent Ivy Society seminar entitled “Business Golf 101,” Ms. Fordwich counseled that, like men, women should hit the links to help grow their businesses and further their careers. Ms. Fordwich also supports First Tee, a charity that provides local youngsters affordable access to golf facilities. Long and Foster’s Nancy Itteilag represented Ms. Fordwich in her purchase. Ted Gossett with Washington Fine Properties was the listing agent.

Nancy Itteilag also helped facilitate the sale of 7925 Sandalfoot Drive in Potomac. This newly constructed 6,000 square foot residence in Prescott in the heart of Avenel was built by Hemingway Homes and has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a media room, a library, an elevator, a fireplace, an alarm system, a covered porch and a two-car garage. The buyers are Paula and Sam Strickland, a senior vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton and the leader of the firm’s Global Operations Team. In years past, Strickland served as a financial projects manager for Arabian Business and Management Services in Al Khover, Saudi Arabia. He began his career working for Price Waterhouse in the District. Nancy Itteilag represented the Stricklands. Wendy Banner of Long and Foster was the listing agent. The property went for $1,960,000.


In McLean, 3905 44th Street has sold for $4,995,000. The French chateau-style house features hickory floors, high ceilings, custom finishes, and the finest craftsmanship. Architectural accoutrements include several balconies and terraces affording stunning views of the Potomac River rapids. The house was listed by Washington Fine Properties’ William F. X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki at $5,875,000 for seller David Decker of Decker Development. Victoria Kilcullen with Washington Fine Properties represented the buyers, Steve Martin and Kimberly A. Kuryea.

Ann C. Page with Randall H. Hagner & Co., Inc. sold 7416 Old Maple Square in McLean to Jae Hong Ahn for $1,525,000. The 3,796 square-foot home was built in 1997 and has five bedrooms and four baths.

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