Cape Cods to Colonials

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In March, Tutt, Taylor & Rankin Sotheby’s International Realty agent Michael Rankin and National Geographic’s Mark Green were preparing to sell the three-bedroom house at 3303 Volta Place, NW to a pair of attorneys. Instead, the deal fell through, and the historic Georgetown residence now belongs to Stephen and Maria Lans from Vancouver, B.C. This second home in D.C. will afford the couple, who are avid fans of the Washington National Opera, a chance to enjoy the District’s performing arts scene and to experience a different climate. The property went to settlement on May 16, and the couple paid approximately $2.4 million for their U.S. abode. Kimberly Casey and Daryl Judy with Tutt, Taylor & Rankin Sotheby’s International Realty facilitated the sale.

Kimberly Casey has also decided to purchase a new home. She has penthouse 5 at the Observatory of Georgetown under contract with a settlement date set for June 16. The 2,117-square-foot condominium located at 2111 Wisconsin Avenue, NW has two bedrooms and a den plus a home office area with built-ins, three full baths, a renovated kitchen, and a large balcony with expansive views overlooking the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol, Rock Creek Park and the Potomac River. Additional selling points include high ceilings with a skylight, a wood burning fireplace, two garage spaces and access to an outdoor swimming pool, gym, rooftop deck and party room. The seller is Tom Bernes, director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund, and a Canadian whose previous positions include serving as the IMF executive director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean. He was also Canada’s assistant deputy minister of finance and head of the OECD’s General Trade Policy Division. Ms. Casey is expected to pay $1,030,000 for the unit.

Terri Robinson with Long and Foster Realty and Margot Wilson of Arnold, Bradley, Sargent, Davey, and Chew joined forces to help sell 2908 Brandywine Street, NW. The original Sears & Roebuck mail order house sits on a fabulous lot. Highlights include nine-foot ceilings, three porches, a huge basement and a detached two-car garage. The new owners are Sean Flaherty, CEO of the North American arm of the German software company Nemeschek, and Elizabeth Mettler, a University of Virginia graduate with an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado who in May of 2001 founded Mettler Solutions, a consulting firm that assists companies with email marketing and website development. The Forest Hills property was sold for $1.525 million. Anne Weir and Heidi Hatfield with Washington Fine Properties represented the buyers.

“Going Green” doesn’t have to mean compromising on space as Jerry Zayets proved when he built a 6,500-square-foot Energy-Star-rated house at 2636 Moreland Place, NW. Although the stunning house has seven bedrooms, six baths, dramatic two-story foyer, great room, loft, gourmet kitchen, huge wine cellar and ten-foot ceilings, it consumes less energy than most houses less than half its size. Among the energy saving and environmentally sustainable aspects of its construction are the use of expandable low-density foam insulation in the outer walls and the choice of readily renewable bamboo in place of hardwoods. The new owner of this ecologically and economically sound abode is Kevin T. Abikoff, a partner with the law firm Hughes, Hubbard and Reed, who paid approximately $1.5 million for his federally recognized “green house,” appropriately sited on a quiet wooded cul-de-sac. Conscientious consumers in the market for their own earth friendly domicile will want to check out Mr. Zayets’ company Nexxt Builders and/or


Carl Halbreiner and Nicole Alfandre Halbreiner, the principal of Arc Developers, Inc. have purchased 5300 Boxwood Court, in Bethesda, for $1,750,000. Located in sought-after Westmoreland Hills, just over the District line, this large Cape Cod sits on the neighborhood’s second largest lot with a wooded backyard and a view of the reservoir. The house has six bedrooms, three full and two half baths, pool, sports court, sun porch and outdoor fireplace. The sellers were Melinda and Bill Becker, the CFO of BDI, USA, a contemporary furniture company headquartered in Chantilly, Va. Washington Fine Properties agents Kara Sheehan and Nicole McGrath represented the Beckers and the buyers respectively.


One of Old Town Alexandria’s premier Colonial-era estates has been sold by McEnearney Associates, Inc. realtor Madeleine W. Arnheim to 224 South Lee Street Corp. The George Johnston House, also known as the Johnston-Vowell House, sits on three lots with private gardens affording views of the Potomac and the Maryland shoreline. The walled estate has a cobblestone gated drive, and the formal grounds contain antique boxwoods, flowering perennials, a fishpond, fountains, a swimming pool and a patio with a summer kitchen. It boasts two historic plaques and features heart-of-pine floors, high ceilings, decorative hand-carved moldings, and seven fireplaces including one purported to be a gift from George Washington to George Johnston. The kitchen has its original cooking hearth, a breakfast room, and French doors leading outside. The master bedroom suite has a fireplace and a reading room with custom bookshelves. The marble and granite master bath has a deep Jacuzzi tub. The original carriage house has been incorporated into the current structure and contains a guest suite, servants’ quarters, and media room with access to the pool. The 224 South Lee Street property went for $5.15 million.

Correction: In the May 2008 edition of Real Estate News, 2425 Tracy Place NW was improperly identified as 8303 E. Boulevard Drive in Alexandria.

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