Just as Mrs. Charles’ famous Georgetown landmark was about to change hands, her grandson, Associated Press reporter Desmond Oates Butler, and Miriam Mahlow, bought a three-bedroom, circa 1900 Georgetown house at 2707 DUMBARTON STREET NW from Benjamin B. and Georgia K. King for $1.23 million. Butler’s father, George Butler, was co-director of the all-time classic bodybuilding documentary “Pumping Iron,” the movie that made Arnold Schwarzenegger famous. His mother, Victoria Leiter Mele, is the grandniece of Victoria Mary Leiter, the Chicago department store heiress who married Lord Curzon, a 19th-century British viceroy of India. Both Desmond Butler’s mother and grandmother now live in Newport, R.I., on the former estate of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton, amid gardens originally designed by Beatrix Ferrand, the landscape architect who designed the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks.
David and Kirsten Pollin are the new owners of Beechwoods. Readers may recall that the house located at 3006 ALBEMARLE STREET NW in Forest Hills had been home to Franklin and Wendy Raines and was listed by Washington Fine Properties’ agents Matthew McCormick, Ellen Morrell, Patrick Chauvin, and Bonnie Wimsatt for $7,595,000. Dave Pollin is the nephew of Washington Wizard’s owner Abe Pollin, and, like his uncle, made money in real estate. His acquisition, development and management company, Buccini/Pollin Group, has offices in Washington, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and Beijing. Highlights of the couple’s 98-year-old stucco Colonial include seven bedrooms, a library, office, movie theater, recreation room, exercise room, a terrace, swimming pool and cabana, tennis court and four-car garage. Washington Fine Properties’ agent Jim Bell represented the Pollins.
Jim Bell also represented David and Kirsten Pollin in the $3,995,000 sale of their former home at 2435 TRACY PLACE NW to lawyers Jennifer Ashworth Dinh and Viet Dinh, one of the lead architects of the Patriot Act. Built in 1927. The four-level Georgian is listed in the L’Enfant Historic Register and has seven bedrooms, including an au pair suite and a luxurious master suite with a fireplace and two separate bathrooms; one with a soaking tub, the other with a Jacuzzi. External accouterments include Ionic columns, dormer windows, a spiral staircase and an open air shower set in a limestone courtyard. Viet Dinh came to the U.S. as a Vietnamese refugee and went on to earn a scholarship to Harvard Law School. He clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and later served on Sen. Alphonse D’Amato’s Whitewater Committee and Sen. Pete Domenici’s Clinton impeachment-trial task force. In 1999, he became a tenured professor of Law at Georgetown University and from 2001 to 2003 was an assistant attorney general. He is also the founder of Bancroft Associates, a District law and consulting firm where his wife, who earned her J.D. from Catholic U, works. The Dinhs were represented in their purchase by Paul Pike and Alex Venditti with Tutt, Taylor & Rankin/Sotheby’s International. Previously the couple lived in a four-bedroom Beaux-Arts home built in 1914 along the Potomac in Alexandria, Va., which they bought in 2006 for $4,080,000. Prior to that they owned a five-bedroom Beaux-Arts townhouse in Kalorama.
Michelle Haney Maddux is now the proud owner of 5200 PARTRIDGE LANE NW, a $3,310,000 Colonial in Kent. Highlights of the home include a gourmet kitchen, library, playroom, game room, an exercise room, and a wine cellar with a 1,400-bottle capacity. There is also a two-car garage plus room to park six additional vehicles in the stone driveway. Maddux has a Law degree from G.W. and works for FLH Company, a real estate and property development firm founded by her father, Franklin Haney, in 1967. Both she and her sister Mae Haney have appeared on Washington Life’s “Most Invited” list. Previously, 5200 Partridge Lane was the residence of David Johnson, and Michelle Maddux lived at 5143 Macomb Street, NW with her husband, Victor Maddux, co-owner of MadLax, the metropolitan area’s first and largest Lacrosse Specialty Store.
Attorney Adam J. Eisner and his wife Amy have a newly constructed residence built by Rasevic Construction Corp. The classic 7,000 square-foot Colonial is located on a quiet cul-de-sac at 6715 LORING COURT in Bethesda’s Loring Park. It cost the couple $1,820,000 and has five bedrooms and five and a half baths including a guest suite, and a master bedroom suite with a double vanity, multiple showerheads and a Jacuzzi. Outdoor living space takes the form of an expansive front porch, heated mahogany rear deck, and a stone patio.
Exxon Mobil executive Gary Pruessing and his wife Lisa have sold their home at 1112 INGLESIDE AVENUE in McLean to Daniel and Linda Kao. Weichert realtors Sue Huckaby and Karen Briscoe listed the five-bedroom Colonial built in 2001. The home has a professionally landscaped fenced yard with a patio, fountains, and a swimming pool with a bathhouse and outdoor shower. The Pruessings received $2.38 million for their Reids Grove residence. They paid slightly more – $2.5 million – when they bought it in July, 2005.