Kluge nets another fortune, a B&B bids adieu, Arsht flips in Spring Valley, a restauranteur relocates, and a service leader sells.
By Stacey Grazier Pfarr
KLUGE NETS ANOTHER FORTUNE:
Patricia Kluge, the former wife of Metromedia Inc. founder John Kluge, has “Albemarle House,” her 45- room English country manor in Charlottesville on the market for $48 million. Sotheby’s recently concluded the two-day auction of its lavish contents, which totaled a staggering $15,158,227 (or $20.2 million if you count the additional 16 pieces of her jewelry auctioned in April). The top lot was a Qing Dynasty Chinese imperial clock created by the Guangzhou Workshops that sold for a whopping $3,778,500 to a private Chinese collector. Ms. Kluge, who is now remarried, is relocating to smaller quarters nearby where she will continue to tend to the winery business she started in 1999.
B&B BIDS ADIEU:
The owners of the popular and award-winning bed and breakfast, The DC Guesthouse, are selling the property at 1337 10TH STREET NW. The 12-bedroom Victorian townhouse, which was purchased in 1999 for only $392,000, is now listed for sale at $4 million — which does not include the price of the business. However, the owners, lifelong friends Tom Bell, Mike Molock, Randy Kuczor, and Ron Wilkerson have put in over $1 million in updates since they bought it. The mansion features original 1867 wood floors throughout, a commercial-sized kitchen, and a wine cellar.
ARSHT FLIPS IN SPRING VALLEY:
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Adrienne Arsht has listed 3220 NEBRASKA AVENUE NW in Spring Valley for $7,950,000. She purchased the five-bedroom property last August from Michela English and Donald Quartet for $6.6 million. It’s likely Arsht is selling her manse because she recently purchased 2850 WOODLAND DRIVE NW for $8.2 million in Massachusetts Avenue Heights, the most expensive property sold in the District so far this year.
D.C. restaurateur Rob Wilder has listed 4815 DEXTER STREET NW in Wesley Heights for $3,950,000. Along with acclaimed chef José Andrés, Wilder backs such popular eateries as Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, and Café Atlantico. The 10,000-squarefoot Colonial, which he bought in 2007, includes a large mainlevel wine cellar, a mahogany and rosewood paneled office, a play room complete with fire pole, and as you’d imagine, a phenomenal gourmet chef’s kitchen.
SERVICE LEADER SELLS:
David and Lori Eisner have listed 7610 FAIRFAX ROAD in Bethesda for $4.9 million. Mr. Eisner was appointed CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2003 by President George W. Bush and is a former vice president of AOL Time Warner where he was in charge of the company’s charitable foundation. The seven-bedroom 1913 Southern Colonial, one of Edgemoor’s five original estates, features ten foot ceilings, seven fireplaces, lush gardens with a pool, and sweeping porches.