Real Estate News: Celebrity Sales

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Former Redskin Clinton Portis, top chef Roberto Donna and businesswoman-turned-politician Carly Fiorina are moving house.
By Stacey Grazier Pfarr

George Joseph Kelly III and Lindsay Kelly purchased this charming six-bedroom home in the Sheridan-Kalorama Historic District.


Michael Kinsley and Patricia Stonesifer bought  1715 Q STREET NW for $2,530,000 from Richard Berman and Lori Graham. Kinsley is a veteran journalist and commentator with a resume that includes The New Republic, “Crossfire” and Slate. Stonesifer was formerly CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and now works as senior advisor there. Graham, a well-known local interior designer, bought the 19th-century Victorian house with Berman in 2007 for $1.3 million and renovated it from top to bottom.The property, which had been an art gallery for 30 years, includes four fireplaces, wine storage and catering areas, a top-floor master suite with a living area, midnight kitchen and spectacular roof deck with an outdoor shower. Ross Vann of Long & Foster was the listing agent while TTR Sotheby’s Alex and Paul Group (Alex Venditti & Paul Pike) were the buyer’s agents.

Max O. Truitt Jr. sold 33 KALORAMA CIRCLE NW to George Joseph Kelly III and Lindsay Kelly for $2.5 million. Truitt is a civil law attorney in private practice. Lindsay Kelly is an assistant U.S. attorney while her husband George works in real estate  development. The six-bedroom residence in the Sheridan-Kalorama Historic District was built in 1927 and had not been on the market for decades.The property, charm personified, features leaded glass windows and the original doors, floors and sconces. The large yard with views of Rock Creek Park features two well-manicured terraces.The listing agents were Marin Hagen and Sylvia Bergstrom of Coldwell Banker while the buyer’s agent was Leslie Suarez of Evers & Company Real Estate.

Robert and Kathleen Chartener sold 2821 Q STREET NW in Georgetown’s East Village to Lynette Kelly Hotchkiss for $1,950,000. Mr. Chartener is a principal of private equity firm, JHW Greentree Capital, while Ms. Hotchkiss is executive director of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. The 19th-century five- bedroom row house was recently renovated and boasts a gourmet kitchen, library, private garden and master suite with dressing area. The listing agent for the transaction was Jamie Peva and Eileen McGrath of Washington Fine Properties.The buyer’s agent was Edina Morse of Long & Foster.

Geralyn and Martin Lobel sold 4525 31ST STREET NW to Dr. Brent Lee for $1,850,000. Dr. Lee is a pain management specialist in Alexandria. Mr. Lobel is a lawyer with Lobel, Novins & Lamont.The distinctive contemporary seven-bedroom Forest Hills home was built in 1956 and sits on a spectacular 19,000-square- foot lot. Features include a glass-enclosed sunroom, paneled library, terrace and pool. The listing agent for the transaction was TTR Sotheby’s Barbara Zuckerman.The buyer’s agent was Central Properties’ David Sprindzunas.


Nextel founder Chris Rogers and his wife, Nalini, bought 5215 EDGEMOOR LANE from Laurence and Linda Mann for $10 million. Earlier this year, the couple sold Ted Leonsis his current Potomac residence,“Marwood,” for $20 million, and in turn, bought Leonsis’ former home in McLean. Now they are settling into an even newer abode: a six-bedroom, eight- bath Colonial on a double lot near downtown Bethesda. Amenities of the 1913 mansion include a grand salon with 40-foot ceilings and a gourmet kitchen. Marc Fleisher of Long & Foster was the buyer’s agent for the transaction.


Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis sold 7409 GEORGETOWN PIKE in McLean for $1,650,000 with the help of Keller Williams’ Ronald Cathell. Portis played for the ’Skins from 2004 to 2010; now he’s a free agent. He originally listed the property for $2.5 million after buying it for $1,950,000 in 2004. The five-bedroom Colonial features eccentric details such as a purple living room and lime green foyer. The house also includes a gourmet kitchen, airy solarium, pool and lower-level movie theater.

Former Washington restaurateur Roberto Donna and his wife, Nancy Sabbagh, sold 7901 GEORGETOWN PIKE for $1,275,000 to an undisclosed buyer with the help of ReMax’s Paul Bedewi. Donna, who once owned 11 area restaurants and employed nearly 500 people, no longer presides over a kitchen after the recent closing of Galileo III on 14th Street NW. The couple bought the six-bedroom McLean property for $1.3 million in 2003.The custom- built brick Colonial is adjacent to The Reserve and features large living spaces, opulent master suite, and lower level au pair suite.

Carly and Frank Fiorina bought 11201 GUNSTON ROAD in Lorton for $6.1 million from Eric and Nina Phillips. The original asking price was $8,650,000. Mrs. Fiorina is a famous American businesswoman who served as CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999- 2005. In 2010, she lost her battle to win the California U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Barbara Boxer. The 2004 Colonial sits on five waterfront acres that feature a vanishing edge pool, private dock, guesthouse and striking river views. McEnearney Associates’ Sue Goodhart was the listing agent.

Carly and Frank Fiorina purchased this waterfront 2004 Colonial with breathtaking views.

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