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Luxurious properties that offer more than just a room with a view
BY MARY K MEWBORN

THE DISTRICT

4540 Dexter Street

Senior NBC White House correspondent David Gregory and his wife, attorney Beth Gregory, are reportedly now comfortably ensconced at 4540 Dexter Street N.W. Although built in 1935, the wonderfully situated Wesley Heights brick Colonial has updated features throughout, including a large entry foyer, gourmet eat-in kitchen with a center island and granite counters, and an airy music room affording expansive views of the landscaped grounds. There is also a "great room" with cathedral ceilings, a two-sided fireplace, and access to the rear patio and hot tub. There are five bedrooms, including a master suite with a sitting room and bath, three more full baths and two half baths. Mark McFadden with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage listed the property in January for the sellers Victoria Casey and Peter Teeley. Casey is a psychologist who specializes in eating disorders, depression, and adolescent and family therapy. Teeley was Vice President George Bush's press secretary for six years and is a former U.S. ambassador to Canada. In 1991, he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer and subsequently teamed up with writer Philip Bashe to co-author "The Complete Cancer Survival Guide: The Newest, Most Comprehensive, Cutting-Edge Source for All the Latest Information on Each of the 25 Most Common Forms of Cancer." The Gregorys are believed to have paid $2.45 million for their 70 year-old home. In addition to his role as White House reporter on the nightly news, Gregory is a regular analyst on NBC's Hardball and the Chris Matthews Show. During the historic 2000 Presidential race, he was the lead reporter on the Bush campaign and was named White House correspondent for NBC News in February 2001. A Los Angeles native, Gregory graduated from American University in DC in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies. This year, AU's School of International Service honored Gregory as Alumnus of the Year.

Jill Holtzman Vogel, the only woman ever to serve as chief counsel for the Republican National Committee and her husband, Alex N. Vogel, co-founder of the lobbying group Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc., have purchased a million dollar condominium. Unit 1G, a twobedroom, two-bathroom penthouse at the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, located at 23rd and L Streets N.W. will serve as the Vogels' Washington residence. Their primary residence is in Virginia horse country where Mrs. Vogel, now in private practice in Warrenton, is running for the 2007 Republican nomination for the state senate seat held by GOP Senator Russ Potts. As the cofounder of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc., Mr. Vogel has spent the last ten years counseling members of Congress, political campaigns, corporations and trade associations. Prior to the formation of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, he served as chief counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. Mr. Vogel has twice been named to Roll Call's "Fabulous 50" most influential people on Capitol Hill.

532 Springvale Avenue

Lynne Foster, who is with Deloitte & Touche Consulting and a volunteer with the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area, has sold her home at 532 Springvale in N.W. She listed the four-bedroom house for $2.47 million. The buyer is John Rothenberger, founder and president of Strategic Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (SE Solutions). Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SE Solutions provides IT and business services to companies operating in the public sector.

MARYLAND

The four-bedroom Colonial at 9004 Mistwood Drive in Potomac is under contract. Built in 1986 on a cul-de-sac in the Fallsberry subdivision, the home has four full and two half baths, a gourmet kitchen, and a family room with cathedral ceilings and a fireplace. The professionally landscaped grounds boast a pool and a hot tub. The sellers of this Berry-built expanded Juniper Model home are attorney Jennifer Cohn and her husband, Roger Seiken, the executive director and assistant general counsel for Verizon. The listing agent was Jane Fairweather, who sold $98 million worth of real estate in 2004 and earned a spot as one of Coldwell Bankers' top three agents internationally. The prospective buyers will likely pay a cool million for their new Montgomery County home.

4904 Essex Avenue

 

Fairweather was also the listing agent for 10311 Fleming Avenue in Bethesda. The charming home has a two-story foyer and a large eat-in kitchen with wood floors and a butler's pantry leading to the formal dining room. There are five bedrooms and three full baths, plus a master suite with his and her baths. The finished lower level has a bedroom and an exercise room. This house belongs to Mina Handa, and Dr. James T. Handa, an opthomologist wit University School of Medicine. The Handas' Montgomery County home is under contract with the perspective buyers expected to pay more than $1.1 million for the property, which is ideally located within walking distance to pools, parks, shops, and restaurants. In Chevy Chase, Sharon Hayman with Weichert Realtors was instrumental in the sale of a bungalow-style home located at 4904 Essex Avenue in the town of Somerset. The custombuilt new home was sold for award winning PKK Builders for approximately $2.5 million. The buyer has asked not to be identified.

 

 

VIRGINIA

Weichert realtor Sharon Hayman helped Deloitte & Touche's Lynne Foster purchase a new contemporary- style home at 9801 Lindsey Blake Lane in Great Falls. The Fairfax County property was listed by Weichert's Sue Huckaby with an asking price of approximately $3.5 million. The seller was Felix Jimenez, formerly a special agent in charge at the Drug Enforcement Agency. Now a field senior executive with the Federal Air Marshals, Jimenez reportedly maintains residences in New York and Florida.

9801 Lindsay Blake Lane

 

In Loudoun County, 42757 Cedar Ridge Boulevard now belongs to Melissa J. and Bruce M. DeBlois, director of Systems Integration at BAE Systems in Reston. Mr. DeBlois received his doctorate from the Numerical Analysis Group at Oxford and has taught Engineering Mathematics and Air and Space Technology for the U.S. government. He continues to work with the U.S. Intelligence Community and from 2001-2003, led the "U.S. Space Posture for the 21st Century study group as a senior adjunct fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations. The couple bought their new home from Equity Homes Partnership for $1.53 million.

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