Dan Mudd unloads his 22-room manse, “Chef Geoff” and NBC’s Norah O’Donnell sell in Wesley Heights, and the El Salvadorian Ambassador buys on Macomb Street NW.
By Stacey Grazier Pfarr
Daniel and Maura McGill Mudd sold 3542 NEWARK STREET NW for $7,625,000 with the help of listing agents William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki of Washington Fine Properties. Mr. Mudd, a former president of Fannie Mae, currently serves as CEO of Fortress Investment Group in New York City. The couple lived in the 22-room Cleveland Park mansion set on almost one acre of land for nine years. The purchasers of the 1927 Georgian estate are Andrew and Heather Florance. Mr. Florance is CEO and founder of CoStar Group, Inc., the first independent commercial real estate information research organization. Washington Fine Properties’ Liz Lavette was the buyer’s agent.
Nora Pouillon, owner of Restaurant Nora, bought 3207 HIGHLAND PLACE NW in Cleveland Park for $3.2 million with the help of Tutt, Taylor & Rankin Sotheby’s International Realty’s Giorgio Furioso. Pouillon opened her namesake eatery in 1979; in 1999, the restaurant became America’s first certified organic dining establishment. The chef/owner has received national acclaim for her signature health-consicious and organic dishes and was featured in the documentary, “Chefs A’ Field.” Washington Fine Properties’ Ellen Morrell and Matthew McCormick were seller’s agents for the house, which is next door to the home of former White House counsel Greg Craig. The eight- bedroom Victorian farmhouse was built in 1890.
Douglas and Carol Steenland bought 3065 UNIVERSITY TERRACE NW in Kent for $3,575,000. Mr. Steenland is a director of Delta Airlines and was president and CEO of Northwest Airlines from 2004 until its merger with Delta in 2008. Listing agents for the 6,618-square-foot Jim Gibson-built house were Washington Fine Properties’ Anne Weir and Heidi Hatfield. Buyer agents were Washington Fine Properties’ Matthew McCormick and Ellen Morrell. The previous owners of the six- bedroom residence were Anthony and Ann Ryan. Mr. Ryan was the former undersecretary of domestic finance for the Treasury Department. Agents declined comment on both the buyer and seller.
Geoff Tracy and Norah O’Donnell sold 4237 GARFIELD STREET NW in Wesley Heights for $1,650,000. Mr. Tracy is local restaurateur “Chef Geoff” while Ms. O’Donnell is a commentator for NBC’s “Today” and chief Washington correspondent for MSNBC. The 1934 five-bedroom Center Hall Colonial was listed by Washington Fine Properties’ Matthew McCormick and Ellen Morrell. The buyer’s agent for the home with a “drop dead” chef’s kitchen and extensive outdoor grilling station was Washington Fine Properties’ Bobbe Ward.