Homes with a Past

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Viet Dinh, one of the lead architects of the Patriot Act, and attorney Jennifer Ashworth Dinh have purchased 2435 Tracy Place NW for $3,995,000. 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 features include Ionic columns, dormer windows, a spiral staircase and an open air shower set in a limestone courtyard. Viet Dinh came to America as a Vietnamese refugee and went on to earn a scholarship to Harvard Law School. He clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Conner and later served on Sen. Alphonse D’Amato’s Whitewater committee and on 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 works. The Dinhs were represented 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 $4.08 million. Prior to that they owned a five-bedroom Beaux-Arts townhouse in Kalorama. Washington Fine Properties’ Jim Bell represented the sellers David and Kirsten Pollin. Pollin is the nephew of Washington Wizard’s owner Abe Pollin and WL readers may recall that he and his wife now own “Beechwoods,” the former home of Franklin D. Raines, the former chairman and CEO of Fannie Mae.

Washington Fine Properties’ Bobbie Brewster assisted Stephen and Alison Adkins in their purchase of 2241 Bancroft Place NW The property was listed for $3,999,000. Located in Kalorama, just across the street from Mitchell Park, the 1923 Georgian was previously owned by Joe and Olga Hirshhorn and more recently was home to George Washington University President Stephen Trachtenberg and his wife, Francine. Coldwell Banker agents Martin Toews and Jeff Brier represented George Washington University in the sale of this impressive property, which the Adkins plan to restore to its original architectural glory.

After spending a year renovating a plantation home in Georgia, Doug Johnson and Brett Copeland have returned to Washington and spent $1,675,000 for 1829 Wyoming Avenue NW in Kalorama. The four-story house was built in 1914 and has approximately 3,000 square-feet of interior living space with four bedrooms, plus a two-bedroom in-law suite. Noteworthy features include Palladian windows in the sitting room, an enclosed porch off the master bath, slate terrace with a fountain in the rear courtyard, and a sun deck atop the two-car garage. The property was listed by Washington Fine Properties’ Cecelia Leake for the seller Dr. Monique Yuan, who practices Endodontics in Gaithersburg with her husband, Dr. Jason Fields.


In Bethesda, Bradington Corp has sold 5718 Huntington Parkway to economist Ilyse A. Zable for $1.48 million. The six-bedroom residence was designed and constructed by GTM Architects and Block Builders and boasts luxurious finishes and quality craftsmanship. Highlights of the four-level, nearly 6,000- square-foot house include nine-foot ceilings with decorative moldings and numerous upgrades such as a built-in sound system and top-of-the-line kitchen appliances and bath fixtures.


In McLean’s Woodside Estates, 8604 Dixie Place has sold for $3,205,000 in a pre-construction bid by Usha Hakkal and Dr. Halappa G. Hakkal, a diagnostic radiologist and former professor at Georgetown University Hospital. The seller is Nader Raeisinia, owner of Solitaire Homes. The deal calls for a custom-built home situated on a two-acre cul-de-sac.

Washington Fine Properties’ Victoria Kilcullen has helped sell 622 and 624 Chain Bridge Road to Katherine Kim and Francisco Asin Fernandez who plan to build a large house overlooking the Potomac River. The buyers paid $4,125,000 for their three-acre parcel of prime real estate in prestigious McLean. The seller was Scott Stupay of International Capital Advisors. Washington Fine PropertiesBill Moody and Robert Hryniewicki were the listing agents.

Chuck Vance, the former Secret Service agent for President Gerald R. Ford who went on to marry the boss’s daughter, Susan, and found his own international security company has sold 1009 Crest Lane, the home he shared for more than a decade with his current wife, Cynthia, along McLean’s “Gold Coast.” Among its selling points are striking entertainment areas, six bedrooms, seven full baths, an exercise room, theater, billiards room, and separate guest suite above the three-car garage. The grounds feature a free-form pool with a waterfall that feeds into a whirlpool spa. The Vances wanted $4,275,000 for their Fairfax County home but settled for $3,550,000 after the house sat on the market for more than a year. Kimberly Casey with Tutt, Taylor & Rankin Sotheby’s International Realty helped facilitate the sale.

Eldo Mathew has sold 6661 Sorrell Street in McLean. The house has seven full and two half baths, five fireplaces, three porches, a family room, game and exercise rooms, and a large rear lawn that is perfect for outdoor entertaining. The property was listed for $3,995,000 by Weichert realtor Karen Briscoe of the Huckaby/Briscoe Group. Long and Foster’s Diane Lewis represented the purchasers.

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