THE DISTRICT · MARYLAND · VIRGINIA
BY MARY K. MEWBORN
Former federal prosecutor Nash Whitney Schott and his wife, interior designer Aniko Gaal Schott, have purchased 4803 Foxhall Crescent, N.W. The couple paid Frank Voytek $1.9 million for the home located on the grounds of the former Nelson Rockefeller Estate. Highlights of this 1995 fi ve-bedroom Colonial-style house include a wine cellar, a large deck and private gardens. Nash Schott, who retired in 2005 after a 27-year career, is a graduate of American University's law school and was once threatened with beheading by a member of a militant Muslim group. Aniko has worked as an interior decorator and in public relations for Garfi nkel's and Ritz-Carlton hotels and has designed embassies and ambassadors' residences in Washington as well as the U.S. embassies in Copenhagen and Budapest.
4701 Foxhall Crescent now belongs to Jack Dixon and his wife Claudia Kent, who will spend three weeks out of every month there. Dixon had been serving as dean of scientifi c affairs at the University of California's School of Medicine, San Diego, but effective February 1st was named vice president and chief scientifi c offi cer for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Chevy Chase. He will continue to operate his West Coast research laboratory, dividing his time between that facility and the HHMI offi ces. Established in 1953, HHMI conducts biomedical research, and, with a $14.8 billion endowment, is one of the world's largest philanthropies. The couple bought their new residence from Chip Ferguson and Bill Quinn for $1,875,000. The home was listed by Jim Firkser with Tutt, Taylor & Rankin for $1,949,000.
In Kalorama, 2310 California Street, N.W, now belongs to bestselling author David Brock and his partner, restaurateur James Alefantis. Brock wrote The Real Anita Hill and the 1994 American Spectator "Troopergate" story that led Paula Jones to fi le a sexual harassment suit against President Bill Clinton. He has since admitted he is gay and become a liberal, a transformation he explains in his memoir, Blinded by the Right. He currently works to discredit the conservative media "machine" through his Internet-based organization Media Matters for America. Their new home is a six-bedroom Federal-style row house built in 1919. It has a marble entrance hall, three fi replaces, second fl oor reception hall, Florida room, patio, a deck off the kitchen and parking for two cars. The sellers were Hugo Gurdon, editor-in-chief of The Hill newspaper, and Meghan Cox Gurdon, who reviews children's books for the Wall Street Journal. Washington Fine Properties agent Jim Bell listed the property for $1,799,000 and served as the selling agent.
Jim Bell also helped facilitate the sale of 2124 Bancroft Place, N.W. Listed at $2,875,000, the classic Kalorama Heights home was built in 1913 and has a gracious reception area and large formal living and dining rooms with ornate fi replace mantels and elaborate wall moldings. The eat-in kitchen has been remodeled and the home boasts six bedrooms, four full and two half baths plus a lower level au pair suite. An elevator services all fl oors, and there are porches on each level. There are also fi ve fi replaces, a spacious rear patio and a two-car garage. The new owner is attorney Manuel Johnson. The seller is architect John Wallace.
Natalie Wilkison and Andrew Parmentier have moved from the Watergate to 3053 Q Street, N.W. Parmentier is the managing director of Friedman, Billings & Ramsey's Washington Policy Group and frequently shares his analyses of current affairs and market trends with the press. Previously he served with the House Banking Committee and was an aide to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey. He earned his M.A. in economics from Johns Hopkins and is a graduate of the University of Oregon. He is also a chairman emeritus of the Capital Club. His wife Natalie is an assistant vice president of sales for Friedman, Billings & Ramsey. Their new three-bedroom home with three and a half baths had belonged to Ellen and Leon Kellner, who may have received as much as $1.3 million. Nancy Taylor Bubes helped bring about the sale but would not disclose the price.
Roy Wuchitech, deputy general counsel for the department of defense, and his wife Elizabeth Reno have purchased 1629 33rd Street, N.W., from Tracey Neale. The couple arrived here from California, where Wuchitech was a partner in Sheppard Mullin's Los Angeles Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group. Reno is the chief banking offi cer for Vineyard Bank. The couple's historic Federal-style townhouse in Georgetown's West Village was built in 1900 and features a wrought iron staircase, three bedrooms and two and a half baths. The L'Enfant Trust holds an easement on this elegant home situated just steps from Volta Park, restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Public record indicates the property was listed for $1.04 million by Coldwell Banker's Nancy Taylor Bubes and sold for an even million
Thanks to Long & Foster agent Nancy Itteilag, 7913 Sandalfoot Drive in Potomac now belongs to Amit Saluja, a corporate fi nance attorney at Hogan and Hartson. Saluja earned his law degree and B.S. from George Washington University in 1997 and 1994 respectively. His new residence cost approximately $1.3 million and is a classic Pardoe-designed Georgian Colonial built in 1990 in Prescott at Avenel. It has three bedrooms and three and a half baths, a two-story foyer, a formal dining room with a butler's pantry, a gourmet eat-in kitchen with center island and a spacious family room featuring a solarium and built-in bar. The sellers are Katherina and George Calfo.
In McLean, 1310 Skipwith Road has changed hands for $1,295,000. The seller is Patrisha Davis- Coupe, widow of U.S. Navy Captain Jay Coupe, who died last September. A Princeton graduate, Capt. Coupe was a spokesman for America's Armed Forces and an opera buff who once sang for Pavarotti. In 1973, newspapers across the country published photos of Coupe escorting Vietnam POW John McCain to freedom. In subsequent years, Coupe was stationed in China, Germany, Italy and the Philippines. He served as special assistant and spokesman to Joint Chief of Staff Admiral William Crowe before retiring from the Navy in 1988. He then founded a consulting fi rm specializing in international security. The new owners of the Merrywood on the Potomac townhouse are Timothy and Jacquelyn Finn, cofounders of Finn & Schneider Associates, Inc., an attorney search fi rm. The interior features a living room with fourteen-foot ceilings, an updated kitchen, master bedroom with a sitting room and his and hers baths and family room with a bar and fl oor-to-ceiling granite fi replace. Exterior amenities include a swimming pool and spa and a huge deck with views of the Potomac. Weichert's Sue Huckaby was the listing agent. Michael Smith of the The Moulton-Smith Group was the buyers' agent.