High-End Estates

by Editorial

Adrienne Arsht buys in Spring Valley, Sargent and Eunice Shriver’s mansion sells in Potomac.

By Mary K. Mewborn

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Rob Quartel and Michela English were represented by Kerry Fortune and Nelson Marban of Georgetown Long & Foster in the sale of their 7,803-square-foot house at 3220 Nebraska Avenue NW in Spring Valley. Quartel is a former U.S. Federal Maritime commissioner and CEO and chairman of NTELX, a data fusion and health risk/fraud analysis company. English is a former senior executive at Discovery Communications and is currently CEO and president of Fight For Children, a local non-profit group engaged in education and health issues. The couple recently finished construction of a home on the Chesapeake Bay and is building another in the D.C.-Northern Virginia area. Adrienne Arsht, a Miami banker, philanthropist, National Symphony Orchestra board member, and former Washington resident throughout her marriage to the late Myer Feldman, a prominent lawyer and advisor to President John F. Kennedy, paid $6,625,000 for the couple’s Spring Valley property.
Hazel Cheilek has sold her 2,986-square-foot, six-bedroom home at 3039 44th Street NW where she had lived since moving from Buffalo, N.Y., in 1970. She and her husband both taught music out of the residence and Mrs. Cheilek also worked as a music teacher at Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology. She now resides in California. The house was built in 1920 and is situated on a corner lot in the heart of Wesley Heights. It was listed by Michael Rankin, Greg Gaddy and Carroll Dey of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty and sold through Gaddy and Dey for $1.3 million. The new owners are Mr. and Mrs. Nigel Parkinson. Mr. Parkinson, is president of Parkinson Construction Company and a past president of the National Association of Minority Contractors. The Parkinsons plan to renovate the house while maintaining its original integrity.
Washington Fine Properties’ William “Ted” Gossett has sold the house he owned at 4400 Dexter Street NW to Lynne S. and Richard M. Milano for $2.15 million. The nicely renovated five-bedroom Colonial has a new slate roof and sits on a corner fenced-in lot with a private driveway and two-car garage. It had been listed for $2,495,000.
Catherine M. Tinsley and Tom C. Tinsley sold their four-bedroom residence at 4934 Indian Lane NW for $4.6 million to Lucretia Adymy Risoleo and Robert Risoleo. The Tinsleys sold their previous house at 1400 34th Street NW for $4.2 million to entrepreneur Jonathan J. Ledecky in 2007. Part of its allure is the connection to President Kennedy (who lived there as a young congressman) as well as his sister Eunice, who called it home until her marriage to Sargent Shriver.

The big real estate news, also on the Shriver front, is the sale of R. Sargent and Eunice Shriver’s estate in Potomac. Their house had been on the market for just under a year and the sale coincided with the August passing of both Eunice and her brother, Sen. Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy. Designed by Smith Blackburn Architects, the 15,500-square-foot, classically styled Georgian mansion is set on nearly seven acres in the Bradley Farms area at 9109 Harrington Drive. Built for the couple and their five children in 1986, the property has been the scene of many social and political gatherings, including Peace Corps gatherings (Sargent Shriver was the agency’s founding director), events for Special Olympics (Eunice’s brainchild), and glamorous charitable benefits that included annual balls in support of youngest son Anthony Shriver’s Best Buddies International.
The house boasts 10 bedrooms, 11 full baths, and large entertaining areas that include a 32-foot living room and an equally expansive dining room. The 400-square-foot kitchen has two large pantries and an adjacent octagonal breakfast room. There are staff quarters, an exercise room, a library, tennis court and gazebo, a pool and pool house,  four-car garage, and numerous balconies and verandahs. William F. X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki of Washington Fine Properties listed the property at $11.8 million. John P. Duffy of Summit Commercial Real Estate represented the buyer, the MA Center, which he described as an international humanitarian organization. The Center’s founder, Mata Amritanandamyi, is known as a “living Hindu saint” called the “Amma,” and is said to have curative powers. It is unclear at this time whether the estate will be used as a private residence, an ashram retreat, or both. The MA Center paid $7,810,000 with plans to move there in January.

Thanks to Long and Foster agent Sharon Hayman, 1331 North Irving Street in heart of the Lyon Village area of Arlington now belongs to Randy and Maria Jones. Mrs. Jones is a partner in the Washington law firm Miller & Chevalier and her husband works for Freddie Mac. They paid just under $1.9 million. The house was built by Brian Normile, principal owner of BCN builders and part owner of the Liberty Tavern in Clarendon. The newly constructed house has three finished levls and four bedrooms. Architectural highlights include custom moldings and wainscoting throughout. Other features include a wet bar, upscale kitchen with a Wolf range, an entertainment center, a study, a rear deck and a detached garage.

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