Movers and Shakers

by Editorial

The former residence of influential civil rights lawyer David Carliner, who died in 2007 at age 89, has been sold. The recently refurbished three-story Colonial located on a quiet cul-de-sac at 2821 29th Place NW in Woodley Park now belongs to Marine Lt. Col. Frank Johnston and his wife, Theresa Minni. Johnston was stationed at the Pentagon before being deployed to Iraq and returned to the U.S. in February of last year. The family paid $1.05 million for their new quarters.

Real estate entrepreneur Jeffrey Zell has purchased 3331 Dent Place NW for $2.6 million. The five-bedroom house was recently renovated by architect Outerbridge Horsey, one of modern-day Georgetown’s premier architects and a seventh generation descendant and namesake of Sen. Outerbridge Horsey, who became attorney general of Delaware (the office Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III, now holds). The contemporary floor plan boasts a double parlor with a fireplace, a master suite with dressing room and fireplace, and a Romeo-and-Juliet balcony. The grounds designed by landscape architect Jane MacLeish feature views of the Washington Monument and the Virginia skyline. Michael Rankin of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, listed the property. Julia Diaz-Asper, also with Tutt, Taylor & Rankin, represented sellers Myrlene A. Staten and Richard L. Tei. They purchased the house in 2004 for $ 1.75 million from businessman Simon Pinniger, whose relocation to Aspen and relationship with New York interior decorator and author Carolyne Roehm helped popularize “L.A.T.,” the notion that a devoted couple might have separate residences in which to “live apart together.”

Robert J. Shapiro, co-founder of Sonecon LLC and a senior fellow of the Progressive Policy Institute, bought 2801 Tilden Street NW for $2,862,500 despite the fact that the property originally listed for $4.1 million. Shapiro served as undersecretary of commerce for economic affairs during the Clinton years and was an economic advisor to both Al Gore’s and John Kerry’s presidential bids. His four-story fieldstone Tudor features exceptional views of Rock Creek Park plus seven bedrooms and six and a half baths, a formal dining room, library, expansive kitchen with an adjacent breakfast room, a sunroom, and exercise room. The house was completed at the onset of the Great Depression and was once home to Henry A. Willard II, a grandson of one of the founders of the Willard Hotel. Its most recent owners, Marguerite E. and Thomas D. Nurmi, chose Washington Fine Properties’ agents Matthew McCormick, Ellen Morrell, and Patrick Chauvin to represent them in the sale. The Nurmis now reside at 3025 University Terrace NW. They bought the property from Belle B. and Morgan E. O’Brien for $3.4 million.

Lynne B. and James R. Murray now own 5906 Carlton Lane in Glen Mar Park in Bethesda. The couple paid 5906 Carlton Lane Corp. $1.66 million for the Arts and Crafts-style house, built by Building Innovations LLC, Ari Shapiro, which features a charming front porch, well-appointed master bedroom suite, chef’s kitchen, home office, media room, and Jacuzzi. Sherry and Lauren Davis with Washington Fine Properties were the listing agents.

There are two doctors in the house at 2149 Royal Lodge Drive in Falls Church. Drs. Purshottam N. Patel and Rasila P. Patel, a urologist and radiologist respectively, who previously practiced in Pennsylvania, have paid Winchester Homes, Inc. $1,029,084 for their 7,475 square foot, two-story, five-bedroom house with four and a half baths.

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