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Real Estate News
by Susanna Monroney Luddy

Recent house sales in Georgetown illustrate two discernable trends: multiple offers resulting in unasked-for prices, and Georgetowners on the move…but not very far.

Author and environmentalist Roger Stone and his wife Flo have sold their home at 3403 O Street to next-door neighbor and Washington Capitols owner Jon Ledecky for $1,100,000. There were three offers on the house, listed at $995,000, even before the sign went up, according to Agnes Dalley of Long & Foster, the listing agent.

Besides enabling him to "corner the market" at 34th and O, Mr. Ledecky's purchase of the adjoining Federal-style row house will provide him with guest quarters and garage parking. Heidi Hatfield of Pardoe ERA was Mr. Ledecky's agent.

Neighbors are relieved that the Stones will remain Georgetown residents at the Downing and Veaux apartments at 30th and Q Streets. Flo Stone and her "Trees for Georgetown" group have planted over 700 street trees in the community and work closely with city arborists on watering and maintenance.

Another Georgetown house at 3102 R Street was the subject of multiple offers with dramatic results. Listed at $999,000 by Mary Jo Nash of Long & Foster, the yellow brick Victorian overlooking Dumbarton Oaks sold for $1,256,000. Susan Berger of Evers & Co. was the selling agent.

Also in Georgetown, Mary Doyle, former Dean of the Law School at University of Miami and new to Washington to be an Assistant Secretary to Bruce Babbit at the Department of the Interior, and Hal Perkins, General Counsel for TelcomVentures, have purchased a home in Georgetown's West Village at 3413 N Street. To celebrate the settlement, the new owners hosted a dinner party in their new garden for two dozen guests including Attorney General Janet Reno. Bobbie Brewster of Pardoe ERA represented the sellers who have relocated overseas.

The much-admired corner property at 1315 31st Street was listed at $3,295,000 and sold for substantially more than the list price. The sellers, interior designer Glenda and her husband Ray Lewis purchased another Georgetown home, through Cecelia Leake, William F. X. Moody and Patrick Chauvin, located at 1914 35th Street, from Jerry and Greta Silverman. The home was listed by Ted Gossett and Susan Koehler of Sotheby's Washington Fine Properties. The Silvermans are combining two condominiums at the Colonade for their new city residence. We look forward to another breathtaking transformation behind the understated facade, given Glenda's design talents.

A flurry of new faces and a bit of history on Embassy Row…

A Sheridan Circle landmark, the Alice Pike Barney Studio House at 2306 Massachusetts Avenue on Sheridan Circle has recently changed hands. The Studio House was designed by Waddy B. Wood in 1902 in the Spanish Mission style. The arts and crafts interior with balconies and beams, and oak-paneled rooms of different levels and shapes, was designed as an intimate backdrop for Alice Barney's aesthetic entertainments - exhibitions, concerts, and poetry recitations. The free-spirited Miss Barney pursued a many-faceted artistic life as both patroness and practitioner of the arts, and bequeathed the Studio House to The Smithsonian Institution in 1968.

The purchaser, Scott Stinson, AIA architect, has restored and designed many area properties including Georgetown Park. He is the son of Robert Stinson, the recently-retired president of Donohoe Companies.

Sellers of the property were James H. Edmunds, owner of Foxes Music Co. in Falls Church, and his wife, Julie, who acquired the house and its unique furnishings from the Smithsonian Institution. Tony Borgia of Long and Foster was the listing agent, and Bobbie Brewster of Pardoe ERA was the selling agent.

Stanton and Carol Anderson have sold their stately Georgian manse (also designed by the versatile and prolific Waddy B. Wood) at 2212 R Street for $1,825,000. The busy Andersons (he is a partner in the Chicago-based law firm of McDermott, Will, and Emery, she is a venture capitalist with Delaware-based TFG International) have bought three apartments at the new Residences at The Ritz-Carlton. Two apartments will be combined into a larger apartment for the Andersons to enjoy when not in Palm Beach, and the third reserved for children and guests. Ellen Morrell, William F. X. Moody and Patrick Chauvin of Sotheby's Washington Fine Properties represented the Andersons in the sale of their home as well as their three purchases at the Ritz-Carlton. Bob Frohlich of Jobin Realty in Gaithersburg, Maryland represented the buyer of the R St. property, Frank Torres, who is a new-comer to Washington.

Nearby, two stately townhouses have changed hands for the first time in many, many years, and a third sale which is pending at 2330 Massachusetts Avenue has been owned by the same family for more than 50 years. At 2212 Massachusetts Avenue New Republic editor Chris Orr and his journalist wife Michelle Cottle purchased their home for $895,000, a distinguished 1912 townhouse with wonderful Adams molding and a full panoply of architectural features. Longtime-owners Geoff Fox and Philip Melkye have moved to Sydney and Paris, respectively. Marylyn Paige, Patrick Chauvin and William F. X. Moody of Sotheby's Washington Fine Properties handled the transaction.

At 2336 Massachusetts Avenue, one of the first houses to be built above Sheridan Circle, was recently purchased for $912,500 from the estate of law professor and longtime-owner Irving Panzer, represented by Greg Hopkins of Pardoe ERA. The buyers, relocating from New York, are David Tractenburg, President of StarBand Communications of McLean, and decorator Rick Wilson of Rick Wilson Designs. The buyers, represented by agents Martin Toews and Jeff Briar of Pardoe ERA, plan to transform the handsome townhouse which was last renovated in the sixties.

Continuing up the Avenue, Washington real estate developer Bruce Bradley of Castleton Holdings sold his elegant townhouse at 2552 Massachusetts Avenue to Alessandro Zanello of The International Monetary Fund for $1,137,500. Mr. Bradley in turn purchased the stately Massachusetts Avenue Heights 2615 30th Street home of Miami-bound optometrist and "close friend" of Leona Helmsly, Dr. Patrick Ward, for $1,810,000. Karen Nicholson, William F.X. Moody, and Patrick Chauvin represented Mr. Bradley, Beatrice Coyne represented Mr. Zanello, and Susan Koehler represented Dr. Ward. All agents are with Sotheby's Washington Fine Properties.

Howard and Anne Weir recently purchased 3249 Newark Street in Cleveland Park for $1,310,000 from Dr. Elizabeth Mueller. The Weirs are the fourth owners of the lovely old Victorian, built in 1895. After extensive renovations, they expect to move in early next year. Howard T. Weir, III is a partner with Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius, and Anne Weir is an agent with Pardoe ERA. The house was listed with Vicki Stottlemeir and Elizabeth Mearns of Pardoe ERA.

Also in Cleveland Park, 3245 Klingle Road sold for $1,150,000 and went to settlement in less than a week. Behind the traditional 1920s Wardman facade (all that remained of the original structure), the sellers, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ince, created a totally new contemporary house which has a circular hall with lots of light and many windows overlooking the garden and pool. Joan Bond of Sotheby's Washington Fine Properties was the listing agent, and Susan Morcone of Randall Hagner represented the buyer, Richard Goodyear, chairman of Save the Children Foundation.

Burke and Elizabeth Dempsey have moved to Greenwich, Connecticut where he will be the Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group at UBS Warburg. They have sold their stately Colonial at 4851 Indian Lane for $2,650,000 to Dr. and Mrs. James Sprague. The large family home sits on one of the largest, attractively landscaped lots in Spring Valley. Joan Bond, Ellen Morrell, William F. X. Moody, and Patrick Chauvin all of Sotheby's Washington Fine Properties were the agents for the transaction.

In McLean, builder George Sagatov has sold 1101 Dogwood Drive to Raymond and Melody Ranelli for $2,052,291. Mr. Ranelli is with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Penny Yerks of Weichert Realtors listed the property and also was the selling agent with Terry Miller, also of Weichert.

Correction: The bad news: Last month's reporting was apparently erroneous. The good news: The Potomac Riverfront properties of Queen Noor and the late King Hussein of Jordan are still available and listed with Demi Gleckas of W.C. & A. N. Miller Company.


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