Very Private Properties

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Anna-Lena Wetzel and David Kamenetzky were working for Goldman Sachs in Germany before they got married in Venice earlier this year. Now they have a new Washington home at 2019 R Street N.W. Their beautiful Beaux Arts mansion was designed by architect Clark Waggaman and constructed circa 1916 by the S. H. Edmonston Company. The nearly 6,000-square-foot brick and limestone residence has 11 bedrooms and five and a half baths. The new owners are constructing a rooftop terrace in keeping with the home’s original design and will build a deck above the garage as well. The couple purchased the property for $2,680,000 from James R. Wieger, a lease negotiator and former special assistant to the commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Public Building Service. Wieger also has a Spanish Colonial-style estate on the inter-coastal waterway near Miami’s South Beach which may be rented for a mere $80,000 a month!

Native Washingtonian and international art expert Jason N. R. Herrick has sold the home of his late mother Katryna Brett Carothers, who died in July 2007. The five-bedroom residence at 1301 28th Street N.W., was built in 1900 and had been beautifully restored and renovated. Its master bedroom has a fireplace as does the master bath, which also boasts marble tile, a double vanity, and a soaking tub with views of the rear walled garden’s blooming shrubs and fragrant flowers. The elegant living room is accented with crown molding and both the formal dining room and updated kitchen open onto a terrace. The home was listed by Washington Fine Properties’ agents Heidi Hatfield and Anne Hatfield Weir for $2,595,000. It now belongs to Marc I. Teren and 1301 28th St. D.C. Corp. Teren is the Harvard M.B.A. and former Disney executive who went on to spearhead and In recent years Teren has bought and sold numerous highly priced Washington residences including 2613 Dumbarton Street N.W., which he sold in 2007 to Anne Sinclair for $4 million, and 2700 O Street N.W., which he sold earlier this year.


Jim Firkser with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty has helped sell 12601 Three Sisters Road in Potomac for $3,350,000. The recently renovated house sits on five acres and was purchased by the Glenstone Foundation, whose founder. billionaire Mitch Rales, has a home and private art museum situated on about 80 adjacent acres. The sellers are Jennifer Schettewi and her husband Phil, a retired money manager, who also own several properties in Aruba. The Schettewis will continue to reside in the house while searching for a new place to raise their three sons.

In Bethesda, Tom and Wendy Kuhn paid $3,575,000 for a 13,400-square-foot model home by Rosemark DesignBuild. Located on three acres at 7101 Saunders Court, the Tuscan-style residence has a two-story grand foyer with a curved walnut staircase and a two-story walnut-paneled library with a spiral staircase and a secret passageway. There are seven bedrooms and seven full baths, plus three half baths. The magnificent custom-built residence also has a wine grotto, a theater, exercise room and two private guest suites. Jennifer Pobiak, VP of Maryland Home Realty represented the Kuhns. John Pobiak, principal broker for First Chartered Realty was the listing agent.

In Arlington, 1405 N. Nash Street has sold for $2,350,000. The five-story brick townhouse with a rooftop terrace overlooking the Potomac had belonged to Antonia Apps and William Scherlag, who listed the property with Weichert realtor Sue Huckaby and Karen Briscoe of the Huckaby-Briscoe Group. Ms. Apps is now the assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Scherlag is a jeweler who specializes in diamond sales worldwide. ReMax agent Tarafa Homsi represented the buyer, Silversand Properties, LLC.

Nebahat Kutmangil bought a newly completed fourth-floor unit at Turnberry Tower located at 1881 N. Nash Street in Rosslyn, listed at $1,350,000. Former Weichert realtor Annie Cefaratti, now with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, and Scott Shawky of Weichert, represented the buyer in her purchase of this two-bedroom, two and a half bath luxury abode in Arlington’s tallest condominium building. The seller is South Florida developer Turnberry Ltd., which has created luxury condominium and condo hotel developments in Las Vegas, Miami, and Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas.

By press time, Diane Y. Humes is expected to have sold her Reston property at 1250 Center Harbor Place, which had been listed at $1,150,000. Built in 1989, the three-level house sits on over a half an acre on a cul-de-sac and has four bedrooms, four and a half baths and a new gourmet kitchen. The prospective buyers are Keith Brockman, a financial advisor with Signature Financial Partners LLC, and his wife Kathryn. Realtor Annie Cefaratti is helping to facilitate the deal.

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