Washington Life Magazine
Washington Life Magazine

Real Estate News for October 2003
by Mary K. Mewborn

The District

Jim Bell was the listing agent for 3414 N Street, N.W. in historic Georgetown. The three-story 19th-century house features hardwood floors in spacious rooms with French doors, four bedrooms and three and-a-half baths. The grounds boast a pool and patio and room to park two cars. In addition, a carriage house situated at the rear of the property has a one-bedroom apartment ideal for either a maid's quarters or guesthouse. The seller was Emily Light Rose, a noted artist who addresses international social issues through her paintings, films and acting. The property originally listed for $1,195,000. Buyer Charles Fischer, owner of a mortgage brokerage company, paid $1.2 million.

Jeffrey Christie, a partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (one of the world's most profitable law firms), and his wife, Paula, have paid $1,420,000 for their new home in the Foxhall area of Northwest. The sellers were Mr. and Mrs. Greg Lebedev. Mr. Lebedev is now president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council. Earlier in his career, he was appointed by President Gerald Ford to be assistant inspector general of foreign assistance for the State Department, where he served previously as one of Henry Kissinger's youngest deputy assistant secretaries. The house was constructed in the 1980s and is located at 4635 Charleston Terrace, N.W. across from the German Embassy residence. Ted Gossett of Sotheby's International Affiliate, Washington Fine Properties, was the selling agent.

Interior designer Whitney Stewart has purchased 5129 Linnean Avenue, N.W. for $619,000. The spacious three-bedroom rambler built in1950 on a private lot in Forest Hills, was sold in trust by Suntrust Bank and Thomas Nordlinger. Ms. Stewart also has an appartment in Paris, France.


In the wake of her Linnean Avenue purchase, Whitney Stewart is selling her charming Cape Cod at 6201 Verne Street just off River Road in Bethesda. The three-level, three-bedroom home which was featured in House Beautiful, was built in 1936 and renovated and expanded by Ms. Stewart in the mid-1990s. The property boasts a vine-covered entranceway leading to an English country garden with two patios and a small fishpond. The new owners are expected to be Kari Haas and her husband, Gary Haas, who works in property management with R. L. Smith Realty. The picturesque house was offered at $637,000 but will likely fetch $646,000 when it goes to closing mid-month.

Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge has a new home in Bethesda. He and his wife, Michele, paid $873,000 (or $13,000 over list price) for the four-bedroom Colonial on a quiet cul-de-sac. The Ridges have two children, Tom and Lesley. No estimate on the cost of duct tape and plastic sheeting to secure the windows of the family's new home.

Sherry Rodman, the widow of Rodman's Drugs owner Leonard Rodman, has sold her rambler in Kenwood Park at 5900 Plainview Road, in Bethesda to attorney Thomas Wehr and his wife Dr. Elizabeth Wehr for the asking price of $945,000. Mrs. Rodman now resides in Chevy Chase in a two-bedroom condominium with a den. She bought the property from Geraldine Sethness for $989,000.

In Potomac, Richard and Gretchen Dean have sold their spectacular five-bedroom, 4,300 square-foot Colonial at 10316 Windsor View Drive to James and Donna Cahill. Mr. Cahill is with Staubach Co., a commercial real estate strategy and services firm. Ellen Wilner listed the property for $989,000 and the Cahills paid $1,010,000. Prior to their purchase, the Cahills lived at 8017 Lakenheath Way in Potomac. The Deans have reportedly moved to Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Sales have been brisk at the popular Somerset House and Parc Somerset communities in the Friendship Heights area of Chevy Chase. Recent transactions include a $1,590,000 two-bedroom Parc Somerset condominium located at 5630 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. The attractive unit had belonged to attorney Elliott Cole, a partner in Patton Boggs, LLP, and his wife Miriam. The new owners are attorney Bruce Lane and his wife Ann.

Number 402, a 3,400 square-foot, two-bedroom Parc Somerset condominium now belongs to V. M. (Vic) Esposito, president and CEO of Antex Biologics Inc., and his wife Betty Esposito of Potomac. The Espositos purchased the impressive property with a library, custom cabinetry and other special features such as a built-in stereo system at the list price of $1,895,000. The seller was interior designer Irma Dobkin, author of "Gracious Space" and Design Without Barriers." Zelda Heller, a top seller with Long and Foster, served as the listing agent.

Howard Feibus, a program manager with the Coal and Technology Exports Office of the Department of Energy, and his wife Susan, have purchased a three-bedroom residence at the Somerset House II from John Petrou. The property was listed and sold for $1.5 million. Meanwhile the Feibuses sold their smaller two-bedroom residence at the Somerset House II to Dr. Guilio Cantoni and his wife Gabriella for an even $1 million. Dr. Cantoni is a retired physician and the author of "From Milano to New York by Way of Hell" and "Fascism and the Odyssey of a Young Italian Jew." Again, Linda and Jay Rosenkranz were both the listing and selling brokers.

Also at the Somerset House II, former Secretary of Energy Hazel R. O'Leary sold a three-bedroom condominium for the list price of $1.5 million. The former cabinet officer who resigned her position in 1996 during Clinton's first term, is now a private sector attorney and consultant. The buyer, Irene Berg, previously lived at 7604 Rossdhu Court in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She sold that four-bedroom house with six full and two half baths for $1,995,000.


Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and his wife, Jane, have reportedly purchased an eight-bedroom Colonial in McLean for $1,870,000. The house has an astounding eleven bathrooms, maid's quarters, swimming pool and pool house and had been listed for $2,240,000. No word on the cost of the average utility bill, but with the money the Abrahams saved on the purchase price, perhaps they can afford to splurge.

Weichert Realty's Sue Huckaby was the listing agent for Christopher M. Andreas in the sale of his home at 7449 Old Maple Square in McLean which sold for $1.2 million to new owner Jeanette Lombardi. The five-bedroom Colonial has four and a half baths, a built in media center in the master bedroom suite, hardwood floors, high ceiling and sits on a cul-de-sac. There is also a patio and deck attached to this Astor Model house.







Also in McLean, 1421 Mayhurst Boulevard sold last month for $1.2 million. The seller was Young Leigh, reportedly an airplane broker. The new residents are Jeffery R. Palk and his wife Sue H. Palk. Highlights of the five-bedroom, 1997 stucco Colonial, situated down a private lane on a cul-de-sac, include a two-story family room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and raised hearth; hardwood floors throughout the main level; a large deck off the breakfast room overlooking woods; an exercise room; an au pair suite with a kitchenette; and a three car garage.

Along McLean's so-called "Gold Coast," 400 Chain Bridge Road is on the market for $2.15 million. The Goodman-designed house has high ceilings and a gallery-like feel perfect for displaying an art collection. The property backs to a wooded area and is close to Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar's residence. The sellers, Thomas Nicholson and his wife Sheridan, have listed the property with Washington Fine Properties' realtor, Ted Gossett.

In Great Falls, 51 Warwick Stone Way sold for $1.4 million. The seller was J. Bernard "Bernie" Robinson, a lobbyist with the Livingston Group, which was founded in 1999 by Bob Livingston, former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. (The lobbying group recently made news when it hired Mohammed Odeh Al-Rehaief, the Iraqi lawyer who assisted in the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch). Before joining The Livingston Group, Bernie Robinson was a corporate affairs executive for Philip Morris and was based in Lausanne, Switzerland, from 1984 to 1990. The buyers of his Fairfax County house are Jeaneen H. Andrews Feldman, an employee of AES Corporation and her husband Paul J. Feldman, a telecommunications lawyer and member of the firm, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth. The Feldmans' new home is a spectacular stone Colonial located on 2.5 acres in the Falcon Ridge neighborhood on a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded by towering hardwood trees. The property has a pool and patio, a luxurious master bedroom suite with a sitting room and fireplace, and a beautifully finished lower level with an au pair suite, rec room and game room. Additional amenities include a wet bar, a central vacuum system and a double oven. The house was built in 1996. It listed for $1,555,000.

In Fauquier County, Virginia, Susan Cummings, the infamous arms heiress, is selling Ashland Farm, her 145-acre home where she shot and killed her Argentine polo-playing boyfriend six years ago. Listed at $3.9 million, the property is situated just outside Warrenton and boasts a stone manor house, two cottages, a 200-foot indoor riding ring and 22 horse stalls. Cummings, and her twin sister Diana, are expected to move over the border to Culpeper County to Le Baron, an 800-acre property Susan inherited from their father Samuel Cummings, founder of Interarms, the international weapons dealership, Interarms.

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