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by Mary K. Mewborn   

While many predict Senator John Edwards will ultimately live in the White House,most recently the multimillionaire North Carolina Democrat has been betweenhomes. Edwards and his family have been waiting for renovations on the late PollyFritchey’s former Georgetown mansion at 3327 P Street N.W. to be completed,but are no longer in residence at their 2215 30th Street N.W. address, either.Instead, the Edwardses have been renting in Spring Valley. The Embassy Rowarea mansion the senator shared with his wife, Elizabeth Anania Edwards,and their three children is reportedly under contract to public relationsexecutive Michael Petruzzello and his wife Wendy. Edwards, a renowned triallawyer who spent an estimated $6 million of his own money on his senatorialcampaign, bought the red brick mansion off Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. in 1999for $2.2 million. He is believed to have listed the stately home with Sylvia andMary Bergstrom of Coldwell Banker/Pardoe for $4.8 million. The propertyboasts seven bedrooms, marble floors, a spacious terrace, and a pool on a smalllot that backs up to Ann and Vernon Jordan’s home on Benton Place N.W.

7976 Georgetown Pike
7976 Georgetown Pike

In D.C.’s oldest neighborhood, 3032 Dent Place N.W. has become theproperty of one of Washington’s most eligible young bachelors. Stockbroker CandlerYoung purchased the four-bedroom Georgetown row house fromdivorcee Lisa Lambert for $750,000. The property, built in 1910,was once hometo the Honorable Richard P. Butrick, a former U.S. ambassador to Iceland, and aformer director general of the Foreign Service. Realtor Nancy Itteilag, who is now with Long& Foster after a very successful run with Pardoe/Era, was the selling agent. ColdwellBanker/Pardoe’s Nancy Taylor Bubes was the listing agent.

Yet another twenty-something bachelor has purchased a Georgetown property. DarrenNielsen, a technology specialist with IBM, paid $816,000 for thethree-bedroom turn-of-the-century home at 3137 N Street N.W. where formerdiplomat and art aficionado Richard N. Tetlie once had a portrait of JackieKennedy beautifully displayed along with the many paintings adorning hiswalls. Nielsen purchased the property, amid a flurry of multiple contracts,from Richard Tetlie’s estate. Tetlie, who died in September of 1999, hadserved as a cultural attaché in Israel and co-authored “Palestine: A Search forTruth.” Nancy Itteilag was the selling agent. The listing agents were BEGGLong & Foster’s Jeanne Livingston and Janice Norcutt. Readers may recall thatJeanne Livingston also had the honor of listing the late Katharine Graham’sGeorgetown mansion (the Beall Washington House)which Mark Ein,the young venture capitalist, purchased in May of this year for $8 million. TheBeall Washington House is located at 2920 R St. N.W. and was originallylisted by Graham’s heirs for $8.35 million in late 2001.

Elsewhere in the District, Washington Fine Properties agent Ted Gossettteamed up with colleagues William F. X. Moody and Florence Meers to helpsell two properties on the first day they hit the market. Gossett and Moody werethe selling agents for the elegant brick Federal-style home at 3202 Scott PlaceN.W. The rapid and ready buyers were Arleen and Martin Klepper, apartner with the law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom. The sellerswere George and Anne Tenner, who got $1,650,000 for the four-bedroom home that boasts grand-sized rooms with ten-foot ceilings and an au pairsuite.

1024 Murphy Drive
1024 Murphy Drive

Meanwhile, Gossett and Meers found new owners for a two-levelcondominium at The Foxhall, 4200 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.,on the same day it went on the market. The buyers, who lost no time inmaking their purchase, were Nelson Decklebaum, a leading insolvency lawyer withDecklebaum Ogens Raferty, and his wife Louann. Witha half-century of experience under his belt, Decklebaum is a fellowof the American College of Bankruptcy and is listed in the Naifeh-Smithpublication, The Best Lawyers in America. The Decklebaums’ new two-bedroom homehas two-and-a-half baths, a gracious entryway, and a large terrace. Thesellers were Donald Corin, who works for Fannie Mae, and Timothy Dellingham,the director of catering for the Jefferson Hotel. The price tag for the property was$625,000.


The ever-popular Parc Somerset complex in Chevy Chase is now home toDorothy and David Linowis, who paid $2,450,000 for a 3,600-square-foot "Ascot Model" condominium. The sellers, Hussein Sarammi, a real estatedeveloper, and his wife Zohrea, had been asking $2,595,000 for the three-bedroom New York-style apartment. However, even at the reduced figure, thecost of the home comes to more than $680 per square foot of living space andsets a record for the highest resale price ever for the luxury complex. Amenitiesinclude a lovely view, gorgeous custom silk draperies, and a rich walnut-paneledlibrary. Realtor Nancy Itteilag represented both the buyers and sellers inthis record-breaking transaction at 5630 Wisconsin Avenue.

Long and Foster's Nancy Itteilag was also the listing agent for 8303 TurnberryCourt in Potomac, which sold for the asking price of $869,000 to CarolynAlbright, a longtime resident of Potomac Falls. Carolyn Albright's new home is afour-bedroom brick Colonial situated on a quiet cul-de-sac overlooking the 14thfairway and the lake at Avenel. The seller was Marcia Lavine.


Is football Hall-of-Famer and sports commentator/analyst Sonny Jurgensenmoving closer to his friend and television colleague George Michael inMiddleburg and to the Skins' training camp in Ashburn? Or, is Sonny headedfor sunny Florida? While it's never easy to predict the moves of any greatquarterback, Jurgensen's Alexandria, Virginia, home is on the market for$6.5 million. The Potomac River property encompasses four lots at 9326 OldMansion Road in Fairfax County and has been described as a "Beverly Hillsstyle" waterfront estate. The three-story, four-bedroom house with a stucco facadewas built in the 1930s and is located just minutes from Mt. Vernon and the scenicGeorge Washington Memorial Parkway. In addition to beautiful river views, theestate boasts a swimming pool and tennis courts. Of course, for manyprospective buyers, the chief selling point may be that Christian Adolph Jurgensen, III"Sonny" has lived here since his heyday as a Redskins superstar.

In McLean, Penny Yerks was the listing agent for a newly-built Sagatovhome at 7976 Georgetown Pike. The house, like the others George SagatovIncorporated has built in the gated Langley Falls community, isdistinguished by its opulence, and has a price tag to match. The $3.8 million five-bedroom stone house has an authentic looking “old-time” theater, a two-storyfamily room, and a master bedroom suite with a romantic fireplace. Add thebuilder’s decorative signature moldings adorning various public rooms, a spaand swimming pool, and the home verily screams “luxe.” The new owners areSadhna and Indu B. Singh, a Ph.D. who is world famous as an internationalcommunications expert. Indu and his wife also own a seventeen-acre,four-bedroom estate in Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard -that interested parties mayrent for approximately $4000 a week.

For those who prefer a still moreexpensive Fairfax County abode, builderGeorge Sagatov is currently constructing a $8.5 million, 20,000-square-foot housewith an indoor pool at 7980 Georgetown Pike in McLean’s Langley Falls. He alsointends to build a $3,750,000 stone Colonial on the three-quarter acreproperty he recently purchased at 1100 Waverly Way in McLean, not far fromwhere Senator Edward Kennedy lived for many years before moving into D.C.’sKalorama neighborhood. Thanks to realtor Penny Yerks, George Sagatov was ableto buy the property the first day it hit the market.

Bowa Builders has sold one of its carefully constructed custom-designedhomes in McLean. The nine-bedroom 9,000-square-foot stone Colonial at8391 Whann Avenue has been purchased by Andrew Heller, CEO ofHeller Capital Corporation, a private equity organization. Heller paid $2.7million for the house that Bowa built. Again Penny Yerks was instrumental infacilitating this sale.

8391 Whann Avenue
8391 Whann Avenue

Former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen and his wife Janet Langhart aremoving. They listed their seven-bedroom McLean home just last month for $4.3million. No word yet on where the popular Washington power couple will reside oncetheir property at 1165 Orlo Drive goes to settlement. They continue to maintaintheir downtown D.C. pied-á-terre within walking distance of The Cohen Group,located at 600 Thirteenth St. N.W.

Just next door, 1163 Orlo Drive has already changed hands, and for thesecond time in less than three years. The sellers of the brick Colonial built in1993 were Janna and Joseph Herman, who formerly worked with Microsoft.The buyers are Pat and Kenneth Morressitte, who paid $1,950,000 fortheir new home in prestigious Woodley Mills Estates. Ken Morressitte is thechief accounting officer for Interstate Worldwide Relocation. Weichert’s PennyYerks helped orchestrate the sale.

The four-bedroom brick Colonial at 6530 Heather Brook Court inMcLean has sold for $1.4 million to Glenn Pfadenhauer, an attorney withWilliams & Connelly LLP, and his wife Lynn. The sellers were Peter andKaren Cooke, who listed the property with Penny Yerks only to see it sold thevery next week.

In Great Falls, Weichert’s Penny Yerks helped sell 11801 Plantation Drive. Thesellers, William Mountjoy and M. L. Denese Slaey, had reportedly beenrenting the Fairfax County home to the Dutch government prior to selling it toFred Khoroushi and Gita Khadiri for $1,050,000. The five-bedroom Colonialhas six fireplaces and is situated on five acres near the Loudoun County border.Gita Khadiri is the special counsel with the Washington office of Silversteinand Mullens, a division of Buchanan Ingersoll. Her husband is director ofAlpine Enterprises, LLC, a Herndon-based armored car company.

Mr. and Mrs. Ashok Banerjee now own a five-bedroom brick Cape Cod-style house in Great Falls. They paid Joan and Donald Lawson $1,075,000for 1024 Murphy Drive. Highlights of the five-acre property include: twomaster bedroom suites; a recreation room with a wet bar and wood-burning stove;a gourmet chef’s kitchen with atrium doors opening to a screened-inporch; a lovely patio and pool area with a hot tub, landscaped pond andwaterfall; and flowering trees backing up to an adjacent creek. Weichert realtor SueHuckaby was the listing agent for this exceptional property.

Sue Huckaby was also the listing agent for 10015 Park Royal Drive in Great Falls.The sellers were Lorainne and Richard Nauer. Dick Nauer has been workingwith Information Technology Contract Solutions based in Great Falls. The newowners of the luxuriously-appointed home are Mr. and Mrs. Alexander J.Malanowski, who paid $1,165,000 to live in this majestic house with cathedralceilings in the master bedroom suite, a mirrored wall in the exercise room, threecomputer stations in the study and a beautifully landscaped yard.

10015 Park Royal Drive
10015 Park Royal Drive

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