RE News: Kalorama Castles

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The Italianate-style mansion at 2412 Tracy Place NW, once the home of Robert S. McNamara, recently sold for $6.1 million.

The Italianate-style mansion at 2412 Tracy Place NW, once the home of Robert S. McNamara, recently sold for $6.1 million.

Around the corner, TTR Sotheby’s Alex Venditti and Paul Pike along with team member Shawn Breck sold a house that once belonged to former Secretary of Defense and World Bank President Robert S. McNamara for $6.1 million. Many important discussions about national and international policy took place in the banquet-sized dining room and study of the 7,000-square-foot Kalorama residence at 2412 TRACY PLACE NW over the years. In 2006, the Italianate structure was fully renovated in “classic contemporary” style, which includes a true chef ’s kitchen with Turkish limestone counters, and formal library with custom “floating” wood paneling. The house holds the current record for highest selling price in the Kalorama neighborhood.

Joan Ridder Challinor sold 3117 HAWTHORNE STREET NW for just under $1.8 million to Nicholas and Jacqueline Perrins. Dr. Challinor was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the chairwoman of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science in 1996. She is currently a director of media conglomerate Knight- Ridder (of which her late brother, Walter Ridder, was an executive). She is the widow of the late David Challinor, a noted conservationist and top scientific administrator at the Smithsonian Institution and a champion oarsmen who rowed competitively into his 80s. Mr. Perrins is partner and CFO of Novus Energy Partners, a clean energy growth capital fund in Alexandria, which invests in wind and solar power. He’s also cofounded X-10 Capital Partners; a hedge fund focused on telecommunications and technology sectors. The four-bedroom, five-bath house in Woodley Park was built in 1940.


Connie Collison sold 9808 BENTCROSS DRIVE in Potomac for $5.3 million. The opulent 27,000- square-foot mansion was to be the dream home for the seller and her husband, the late Dr. Hector Collison, a prominent local cardiologist who had nine practices in the Washington metropolitan area. The stone manor house was custom built in 2006 and is constructed of Turkish limestone with a slate roof. The 11-bedroom, 13-bath estate includes an indoor pool, marble floors, fulllength outdoor sports complex, elevator, and mahogany-paneled library. Dr. Collison and his 15-year-old son, Sean, died when their singleengine prop plane crashed in the Shenandoah Forest in March 2008. Long & Foster’s Dianne Bailey was the listing agent but declined any comment about the seller.

John Hechinger Jr. sold 5215 MOORLAND LANE in Bethesda for $5,950,000. Hechinger’s late father was do-it-yourself home industry pioneer John Hechinger Sr. The family business, simply called “Hechinger,” grew from a single hardware shop to a 64-store home improvement chain, which once rivaled the likes of Home Depot. The family sold the business to California investors in the late 1990s. The English-style manor, dubbed “White Chimneys,” was built in 1918 as one of five original residences in the Edgemoor neighborhood.

Tranzon Fox’s Jeff Stein assisted in the sale of 9034 BRONSON DRIVE in Potomac, which sold for $5,029,500. Vijay Taneja, a Fairfax County mortgage broker and Bollywood film producer, was the former owner of the 21,000-square-foot house which boasted a custom pub-style bar and theater/screening room with its own private lobby. The seven-bedroom, 11-bath residence was sold in a bankruptcy auction after Taneja was sentenced to seven years in prison earlier this year for defrauding banks of $33 million.

Washington Fine Properties’ William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki assisted Daniel and Mary Anne Gillis in selling 8511 COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE for $4,462,500. The much admired location, which borders Congressional Country Club, is considered one of most sought-after addresses in Montgomery County. Gillis is the former CEO of technology company, SAGA Systems, and now sits on the board of directors of Washington’s Lawrence Transplant Foundation. The seven-bedroom, eight-bath, all-stone Griff Gosnell house was built in 1999 and is set on two acres. The residence includes a home gym, an 825- bottle wine cellar, and a billiards room. The buyers were represented by Marla Gruzin of Long and Foster.


Brendan and Dana Keegan sold 1116 BALLS HILL ROAD in McLean for $2,275,000. The couple is relocating to Boston where Mr. Keegan is the CEO of QualxServ, a global technology services company. Mrs. Keegan, an interior designer, meticulously designed the house, which includes an extensive wine cellar, billiards room, au pair suite, and six fireplaces. She is also a former adjunct professor of Interior Design at Marymount University. The 7,600- square-foot house, listed by Washington Fine Properties’ Jennifer Harper Thornett, is a true Craftsman-style home and was built in 2007 by the local boutique home building firm, JK Development Company, Inc. The buyers are Bingham McCutchen LLP attorney Scott Farmer and his wife Laurie.

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