Re a l E s t a t e Ne ws
Who’s buying, who’s selling – and who could be your new next door neighbor
BY MARY K . MEWBORN
If all goes as planned, the Ambassador of Chad, Mahamat Adam Bechir, will offi cially take residence at 4711 Foxhall Crescent﹐ NW by month’s end. The Republic of Chad is expected to purchase the 5,600 square-foot, three-story house from Robert and Shahnaz Hey at for almost $2 million. The home has a marble foyer with a curved staircase and generously proportioned rooms with high ceilings. There are fi ve bedrooms, all with baths en suite, and the living room is ideal for entertaining, with easy access to the rear terrace through French doors. There is a bar adjoining the formal dining room, a sunlit library, second story gallery, and newly remodeled lower level with an exercise room and plenty of storage space. Extras include a Jacuzzi, elevator, two fi replaces, alarm system and central vacuum system. Jim Firkser with Tutt, Taylor & Rankin is helping to close the deal.
Thanks to Coldwell Banker’s Jeff Mauer, Subodh Arora, the chief of vascular surgery at George Washington University Hospital has sold his house at 2816 O Street﹐ NW for $3.8 million and purchased 20 Kalorama Circle﹐ N﹒W﹒ for $2,525,000. Dr. Arora s new residence is a four-bedroom mid-twentieth century Georgian Revival home. It was listed by Coldwell Banker’s Susan Safer for George Bigar with an asking price of $2.4 million.
A grand Georgian Revival residence designed by famed architect Waddy Wood went for $3,250,000 thanks to Jonathon Taylor of Tutt, Taylor & Rankin. Located on a corner lot in Kalorama Heights, this 84-year-old classic at 2449 Tracy Place﹐ NW features high ceilings, sunny exposures and superb symmetry with equally large living and dining rooms adjacent to the central foyer. Ideal for entertaining and family living, there is a conservatory leading to a private terrace, a library, six bedrooms, five full baths and a powder room. Amenities include six fi replaces and a two-car garage. The property had been home to the late Alvin Kraft and his wife, Renee Zlotnick Kraft, who died at 91 in August of 2006. The new owners are Andrea Kauff man and John Sullivan.
Judith Harris and her husband Norman J. Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of Roll Call’ s weekly column “Congress Inside Out,” paid almost $2.8 million for their newly renovated Federal-style row house at 2212 Wyoming Avenue﹐ NW in Kalorama. Ornstein is credited with having helped shape the McCain/Feingold campaign fi nance reform bill and is co-author of The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and What Can Be Done About It. Judith is an attorney with Reed Smith, LLP and a graduate of Yale Law School. During the Clinton Administration, she worked at the Federal Communications Commission as director of the