Real Estate News: Stately Homes

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Marc and Jacqueline Leland sell in Georgetown; Ted and Lynn Leonsis swap their McLean home for the famous Marwood estate in Potomac.
By Stacey Grazier Pfarr 

Ted and Lynne Leonsis's famous Marwood Estate on the Potomac

Ted and Lynne Leonsis's famous Marwood Estate on the Potomac

The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates purchased 2104 DUNMORE LANE NW in Wesley Heights for $3,650,000 from Vale Properties LLC. No word on what the UAE plans to do with the posh Italianate manse in the tony Phillips Park development just yet. The newly finished six-bedroom residence features three fireplaces, a butler’s panty, dual staircases, two-story great room, wine room, pool, and elevator. Sandra Leiva of Century 21 was both the listing agent and the selling agent.Also in much the sought after Philips Park neighborhood, Jim Gibson’s gem 2113 DUNMORE LANE NW, sold with the help of selling agents William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki of Washington Fine Properties. The listing agent was Marc Fleisher of Long and Foster. The property was designed by renowned architect Ankie Barnes to have the feel of a European country villa. The house sold to a trust for $3,310,000.Ellen Cook Stough and John T. Stough sold Christopher Cahill 4343 GARFIELD STREET NW for $1.9 million. Cahill is the principal and president of Botanical Decorators, a prominent area landscape design/build firm. The five-bedroom Wesley Heights Colonial features a master suite with dressing room, a private two-tiered garden terrace, and a large lower level rec room. The buyer’s agents were Mary Ehrgood and Julia Ehrgood of Washington Fine Properties.   2113 Dunmore sold to a private trust for $3,310,000

2133 Dunmore solf to a private trust for $3,310,000

2133 Dunmore solf to a private trust for $3,310,000

Marc and Jacqueline Leland sold 3210 R STREET NW for $11,111,111 before relocating to London in late December, one of the biggest sales in the area last year. Leland, an art collector who has represented Getty family financial interests, and his fashionable wife, the mother of renowned writer Alain de Botton, purchased the eight-bedroom East Village residence in 1997 for just $1.4 million but renovated it in 1999 to include an extensive third floor addition. The 1941 Federal also boasts a dramatic salon overlooking an expansive south facing garden with a large pool. The name of the purchaser was unavailable at press time.

Brett and Mayuri Walter bought 2245 46TH STREET NW for $1,290,000 from Robert Holleyman II. Mrs. Walter is a nutritional consultant while Mr. Watson is a partner at the Baach Robinson & Lewis law firm. Holleyman is the president and CEO of the Business Software Alliance and former counsel to the U.S. Senate. The three-bedroom Berkley property was built in 1952 and listed by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty’s David Desantis.

Jason Paterniti and Nicole Watson sold 2446 KALORAMA ROAD NW for $3 million with the help of Washington Fine Properties’ Eileen McGrath. TTR Sotheby’s International Realty’s Michael Rankin was the selling agent. Mr. Paterniti is a managing member of the private equity firm Global Risk Capital. The fully renovated six-bedroom French Provincial nestled in the heart of Kalorama was built in 1927. The property offers tree-canopied privacy, generous public rooms, chef’s kitchen, terraced gardens and a library.

Robert Murphy and Frederick Steckler sold 1731 RIGGS PLACE NW in the Dupont Circle Historic District to SSI International Corporation for $1,699,000. Murphy is an executive at BAE Systems while Steckler is an executive adviser at Booz Allen Hamilton. The four-bedroom Victorian row-house was built in 1912 and is now separated into three fully renovated units including two separately metered one-bedroom apartments.

Former Treasury Secretary Henry M. (Hank) Paulson Jr. and his wife Wendy sold 2750 32ND STREET NW for $3,250,000 (which they bought in 2006 for $4.3 million). Paulson served as treasury secretary under President George W. Bush and is also a former CEO of Goldman Sachs. He was named runner-up for Time’s person if the year in 2008 for his role in dealing with the global financial crisis. He is currently a fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.The three-bedroom Massachusetts Avenue Heights villa was built in 1940 and completely renovated in 2001.

John and Zoe Breen sold 1515 30TH STREET NW in Georgetown East Village for $4,050,000. Mr. Breen is the co-founder of the Deluxe Restaurant Group (think Cafe Deluxe and Tortilla Coast); his wife is a painter. The couple now resides full time in East Hampton, N.Y. The newly renovated 1900 Federal includes a pool, main level double parlor and a family room with a wall of windows overlooking a garden. Listing agents were Washington Fine Properties’ Eileen McGrath and Nancy Taylor Bubes.


Dr. Frank Midgley and his wife Sally sold 10920 CRIPPLEGATE ROAD for $3,525,000 with the help of Long & Foster’s Wendy Banner. Dr. Midgley is a recently retired thoracic surgeon at Children’s National Medical Center. The six-bedroom Potomac Falls Colonial was built in 1996 by Sandy Spring Builders and includes a guest house with pool, pergola, and stone patios, and screened porch.


Tim and Kathryn Luwis sold 1870 VIRGINIA AVENUE in McLean to Brian and Teresa Byrne for $2,475,000 with the help of Associate Broker David Sande Realty 2000 L.C.  Mr. Luwis is co-owner of the Inns of Virginia. The six-bedroom modern interpretation of an English country house sits on a lush wooded lot adjacent to parkland.The property, built in 1998 boasts 10-foot ceilings, masonry fireplaces, media room.


HIGH END HOUSE SWAP: The big buzz in area real estate is Ted and Lynn Leonsis’ home trade with Nextel founder Chris Rogers and his wife Nalini. The Rogers family purchased the Leonsises’ 33-room, 20,000-square-foot mansion at 6827 SORREL STREET in McLean in late December 2010. In turn, Ted and Lynn bought Marwood, the Rogers’ historic 1926 chateau in Potomac for a cool $20 million in early January of this year. The 13-acre estate with commanding Potomac River views was once owned by publishing heir Seward Webb Pulitzer, who rented the (then-200-acre) property to  Joseph P. Kennedy before selling it in 1939 to local real estate investor H. Grady Gore (kin to both Vice President Al Gore and writer Gore Vidal). Numerous presidents have attended parties there, including Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon and George H.W. Bush). The property, which the Rogers extensively renovated, includes a gatehouse, pool, pool house and 10-car garage. Washington Fine Properties’ Mark McFadden represented the Leonsis family in both transactions and also represented the Rogers family in their acquisition of the Sorrel Street property. Long & Foster’s Marc Fleisher represented the Rogers in the sale of Marwood.


3210 R St. is a 1941 Federal-Style home

3210 R St. is a 1941 Federal-Style home

HISTORIC ‘CLARENS’ ESTATE LISTED: Tom and Harriet Lankford listed 318 QUAKER LANE for $8,950,000. Mr. Lankford is an attorney with Lankford & Reed in Old Town. Clarens, a Federal-style mansion in Alexandria, was built in 1814 and is best known as the former home of James Murray Mason – a U.S. senator from Virginia and grandson of George Mason. The estate once housed the Fairfax School whose alumni include George Washington Custis Lee. During the Civil War, the property was used as a hospital for Union Army soldiers. Notable visitors include Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee. The seven-bedroom Center Hall Colonial features a trellised grill area, walled orchard, potting studio, koi pond, pool and guest house. McEnearnery Associates’ Sue Goodhart is the listing agent.

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE VIP DROPS PRICE: Jeff Neal, founder of Monument Realty and chairman of the now defunct GVA Advantis, has dropped the price of 34 KALORAMA CIRCLE NW down to $6,995,000 from his original asking price of $7,995,000.  Neal initially listed house in mid-2009.  He bought the eight-bedroom Beaux Arts French Revival property in 2007 for $3.4 million and completely renovated the property. Built in 1930, the house features a cherry wood library, a dining room that seats 20, and a stunning three-tiered garden. While at Monument Realty, Neal helped to develop over 6 million square feet of office and residential real estate in the D.C. metropolitan area.  Neal is currently a senior vice president at The Lincoln Property Company.

BUILDER BIDS ADIEU: Brad Bernstein of Bradbern Constriction Co, Inc. has listed his custom-built nine-bedroom home for $7,950,000.  9309 KENDALE ROAD in Potomac was built in 2007 and boasts all the luxury amenities you’d expect for this price point, but also a log cabin, circa 1928 that was fully renovated and expanded in 2004. The 3.5 acre grounds also include a vanishing-edge heated pool, a stream and an outdoor fireplace.

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