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Real Estate News
by Mar y K. Mewborn

The District

Lammot J. du Pont ( a member of the du Pont chemical family) has sold his house at 2601 Foxhall Road, N.W. in the Berkley neighborhood to Stuart S. Kurlander, a health care partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins. Prior to entering private practice, Kurlander worked in the Department of Health and Human Services General Counsel's office, where he drafted Medicare and Medicaid regulations and was involved in cases before the Federal court, the Office of the Inspector General, the Food and Drug Administration and the Public Health Service. He regularly writes articles for several major health care publications and serves on some of their boards. Mr. Kurlander is also vice president of The Jewish Federation's Israel and Overseas Division, which helps meet the medical and social services needs of the country. In addition, he is the founder of Friends of Aguda, an organization whose goal is “to build a bridge” between the Jewish American gay and Israeli gay communities. He paid $3,025,000 for his new home, $225,000 less than the list price.



William Dugan and Gerald Yuille have purchased a $1 million condominium at the Ritz-Carlton in D.C. ‘s West End at 1111 23 rd Street, N.W. , from the developer Millennium Partners . Originally from Boston, Dugan is a publisher of self-improvement business newsletters, including Letitia Baldrige's “Executive Advantage” on business etiquette and “American Speaker: Your Guide to Successful Public Speaking,” by Ronald Reagan's speech writing director Aram Bakshian, Jr. Yuille, a native Washingtonian, is a vice president at Bank of America where he works on large-scale technology projects. He also serves on the board of directors of the Washington Symphony Orchestra and has chaired Ward Two City Councilman Jack Evan's Citizens' Task Force on 14 th Street Redevelopment. Dugan and Yuille's new home is a charming and comfortable two-bedroom unit with two and a half baths. Highlights of the property include balconies off both the dining room and master bedroom suite which overlook the reflecting pools and calming waterfall in the gardens below. The buyers moved to the Ritz from the historic Kalorama apartments in Kalorama Triangle.

Unit 41 , a penthouse at the Chancellery in Kalorama, is about to change hands for the first time in over thirty years. Located at 2139 Wyoming Avenue, N.W. , the Chancellery was built in 1912 and is renowned as one of Washington's most architecturally grand apartment buildings. Moreover, the penthouse's superb floor plan is highlighted in “Best Addresses: A Century of Washington's Distinguished Apartment Houses” by James M. Goode and published by the Smithsonian. The oversized unit has a living and dining room area augmented by a glass-enclosed porch and a sunny breakfast room adjacent to a large eat-in kitchen. There are three bathrooms and three bedrooms, including a large master bedroom suite with abundant closet space. Better still, there is the promise of a parking space, assigned according to owner seniority. The sellers are Edward and Eligia Glassman , who have reportedly moved to Bologna, Italy, where Mr. Glassman is affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Eligia Glassman is a retired Georgetown professor. Coldwell Banker's Jim Bell listed the property for $1,295,000, and it is under contract for just below the list price. The prospective buyers are Milton Hudson and Caroline Anstey, supporters of the Levine School of Music. The settlement is set for May 5.

Jim Bell has yet another of Washington's “best addresses” under contract. Bell had placed unit 11 at the Chancellery on the market for $1,295,000 just three weeks before John and Susan Keating put a contract on it for just below the list price. Sellers Glenda and Emit Clausner ( who are both retired) remodeled the three bedroom, two bathroom condominium with French doors, ceiling moldings, and hardwood floors. There is a lattice-lined porch off the sunroom, a state-of-the-art kitchen with granite countertops, a library with built-in bookcases and a master bath with heated marble floors. The Keatings are expected to take possession of the property at 2139 Wyoming Avenue, N.W. on May 15. In 2000, as president and CEO of Allfirst Financial Inc. in Baltimore , Susan Keating was named one of Maryland's Top 100 Professional Women for being the only female CEO among the 50 largest bank holding companies in the country.

After only ten days on the market, unit 5 CW at the St. Nicholas has sold for $1,200,000. The St. Nicholas, located at 2230 California Street, NW in Kalorama, is a well-managed, 30-unit building with indoor parking. Jim Bell listed the 1,712 square-foot unit for $1,195,000 for the seller, David Nixon , who is with Golin/Harris International. The two-bedroom home has two and a half baths, polished wood floors, a gas fireplace, a double whirlpool tub, and a balcony offering far-reaching views stretching from Northwest Washington across the Potomac to Rosslyn. The prospective buyer of this chic West wing unit is Carol Balassa , a director with the United States Trade Representative office.

Valsin A. Marmillion and Juan Pisani are expecting to sell their home/headquarters at 1827 Wyoming Avenue, N.W. to CNN bureau chief David Bohrman and his wife Catherine for approximately $1.6 million. Washington Life readers may recall that Val Marmillion purchased the three-story, turn-of-the-century brick house in Kalorama Circle in the Spring of 2001 for $900,000 from Kit Keller , a toxicologist. Val is the founder of Marmillion + Company, a public relations, communications and marketing firm formerly known as Pacific Visions Communications. Juan Pisani is the company's operations director who once ran two successful restaurants in Los Angeles. Previously, he pursued a career in modeling in both Italy and the U.S. and was also a professional rugby player. He is originally from Argentina. The closing date for the four-bedroom house with three and a half baths is set for May 8.



In Bethesda, the last of W.C. & A. N. Miller 's residences in The Edgemoor at Arlington has been sold. Each of the condos has marble entrances, hardwood floors, picture windows, custom cabinetry and granite countertops. Several also feature balconies or terraces. The price of each of the two penthouses topped $1.3 million.

In the Historic District of Chevy Chase Village, 19 Grafton Street has finally sold for $3,050,000 after a full 282 days on the market. The seller, Robin Heller, had been asking for $3,350,000 for the six-bedroom home with five baths. The buyer is thought to be F. Fowlkes.


In McLean, the grand Colonial built in 1983 on the corner lot at 8400 Honeywood Court in Summerwood has been purchased for $1,750,000. The four bedroom home has five full baths and two half baths. The dining room, living room, and master bedroom suite all have fireplaces. The grounds are punctuated with a circular driveway, mature foliage, and both a brick patio and wooden deck accessible from the dining room through French doors. Weichert's Sue Huckaby listed the property last fall for Henderson Gilbert Tuten and Kerry Houston Tuten . She also represented the buyers Shannon and William P. Quinby. Mr. Quimby is the executive managing director with Studley real estate in D.C. His recent projects include the site acquisition and planning of George Washington University's 325,000 square-foot business school headquarters and the development of a 600-acre campus for California State University.

In Great Falls, 818 Polo Place has sold for the asking price of $1,750,000. The Monticello model, brick Colonial was built in 2002 by NV Homes. It sits on 1.42 acres in the Polo Ridge subdivision and has a two-story foyer with dual staircases, hardwood floors, ornate moldings, transom and palladium windows, and numerous custom built-ins. There are five bedrooms, five full and one half baths, a two-story family room, two sunrooms, a gourmet kitchen, and a master suite with a sitting room and salon bath. The sellers were Shalu Virdy and her husband Ajaipal Virdy , a former member of the Neural Systems Lab at the University of Maryland. The buyers are Kathy DeMuro and Gerard DeMuro, who late last year became executive vice president of General Dynamics Information Systems and Technology Group.

Ted Gossett of Washington Fine Properties was the listing and selling agent for 1533 North 22nd Street in Arlington. The large townhouse in the Palisades neighborhood originally belonged to Jim Kimsey , AOL's founder. Kimsey sold the property to AOL's Amy Arnold, who has in turn sold it to Jeremy Lask. Lask, who is in commercial real estate, paid $954,000 for the property that affords winter views of Georgetown and the National Cathedral.

In Loudoun County, just outside of Middleburg, the magnificent 341-acre Delta Farm has sold for the list price of $6,900,000. The fenced-in property has 2.28 miles of scenic frontage along Goose Creek and borders 500-plus acres of land held in a conservation easement in the midst of Virginia's premier hunt county. The farm features a rock outcrop believed to be an old Indian camp, several large rolling meadows, a long tree-lined drive, a pond with a waterfall surrounded by azaleas and rhododendron , an apple and peach orchard, a small vineyard and a rose garden. The main residence is a stately stucco home originally built in 1905, but treated to numerous alterations, renovations and expansions over the years. Architectural accouterments including the staircase banister in the entrance foyer, the antique fireplace mantels in the living and dining rooms, and many of the home's hardwood floors were salvaged from a neighboring circa 1825 manor. The house has four bedrooms, two flagstone terraces, a library with a fieldstone fireplace, a mud room with a brick floor and a wall of storage cabinets, a wine cellar, a hidden safe and a walk-in freezer. In addition to the main house, there are two guesthouses on the property, a stone cottage and a log cabin. The stone guesthouse has four bedrooms, two full baths and two powder rooms. Its living room has a raised fireplace hearth, built-in bookcases, and window seats. The cozy log cabin has two-bedrooms and two full baths, a stone fireplace, beamed ceilings, and a screen porch. Delta Farm also plays hosts to two tenant houses, horse stalls, a root cellar, a generator house, a corncrib, a hay shed, a smokehouse, an office, a two-car garage, a greenhouse and a workshop. The seller is Horstmann Delta Creek . The purchaser is National Capital Presbytery , which intends to use the farm as a church camp. The listing agent for this property was Anita Sisney of Armfield, Miller & Ripley, Middleburg's leading real estate company and an exclusive representative of Sotheby's International Realty.



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