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by Mary K. Mewborn

The District

Claiborne Pell, who for thirty-six years served as Democratic senator from Rhode Island and his wife Nuala, have sold Worthington House, their historic Georgetown manse at 3425 Prospect Street, N.W. Senator Pell was a longtime chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the principal sponsor of the bill that created the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was also largely responsible for the creation in 1973 of Basic Educational Opportunity Grants or “Pell grants,” for college-bound students who take more challenging courses while in high school. Pell's congressional lineage is notable. He is the son of the late Rep. Herbert Claiborne Pell, Jr. and a great great grandson of Rep. John Francis Claiborne. His great-great-grand uncle was George M. Dallas, a former senator and vice president. Other ancestors include Sen. William Charles Cole Claiborne and Rep. Nathaniel Herbert Claiborne.

When not at their Newport, R.I. estate, the Senator and his wife lived in this gracious Federal-style Georgetown abode, which was built circa 1798 by John Mason, who welcomed Thomas Jefferson among his guests. In 1810, Dr. Charles Worthington purchased the home and although the good doctor named the estate “Quality Hill,” it soon came to be called Worthington House. The residence was restored in 1944 by Lady Lewis, wife of the prominent scholar and journalist Sir Willmott Lewis. Listed in 1972 on the National Register of Historical Places, the 18th-century residence reflects the cultural history of Georgetown from its earliest origins as a prosperous port city. The house has eight bedrooms, two bathrooms, expansive public rooms and a large garden ideal for entertaining. It sold for the asking price of $3,900,000. The new owners are Nancy and Ralph Taylor, who only last year bought the historic Jules Henri de Sibour townhouse at 1128 16th Street, N.W for $3.5 million. Coldwell Banker's Bobbie Brewster, an expert on D.C. architectural history, represented the Taylors in both purchases.

William McCormick Blair, Jr. and his wife, Deeda, have sold their home at 2510 Foxhall Road for what is believed to be somewhere in the $7-8 million range. Deeda is the vice president and a director of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation Citizens' Committee for the Conquest of Cancer, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. She is also a renowned society hostess and a fashion trendsetter whose friends have included designer Hubert de Givenchy and interior decorator Billy Baldwin. Her husband is a former U.S. ambassador to Denmark and the Philippines and was a law partner of the late Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson. Realtor Giselle Theberge of Sotheby's International Affiliate Washington Fine Properties helped facilitate the sale of the Blairs' N.W. home. The Blairs are moving to Manhattan, where they've purchased a place at River House on East 52nd Street.

By press time, 2303 Bancroft Place N.W. is expected to have gone to closing. The three-story residence is especially noteworthy for having been designed by Joseph C. Hornblower and J. Rush Marshall. As one of the leading architectural teams of the early 1900's, Hornblower and Marshall also designed the home in which the Phillips Collection is housed and the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. In 1988 architect Michael Holt renovated the interior of the spacious Bancroft home to create the perfect blend of Georgian, Federal and contemporary styles. The sellers are Don Morgan, a senior partner with the law firm of Cleary, Gotlieb, Steen and Hamilton, and his wife Rene. The Morgans' asking price was $3 million.Coldwell Banker's Bobbie Brewster is handling the sale. The prospective buyers are Mr. and Mrs. Tarek Abou Khatwa.

Matthew E. Cafritz and his wife, Anne, have purchased 5110 Manning Place, N.W. for $1,326,000. Cafritz is the stepson of the Phillips Collection Chairman Emeritus Laughlin Phillips and the adopted son of developer Conrad Cafritz to whom his mother Jennifer Phillips was previously wed. The Cafritz's new home had belonged to Harold M. Hobart and primary care physician Dr. Bonnie L. Burnquist, named by Washingtonian magazine as one of the area's top family practitioners.

Coldwell Banker/Pardoe realtor Jim Bell has 171122nd Street, N.W. under contract. The property was listed for $1,550,000. Built in 1927, the three-story limestone and brick townhouse has five bedrooms, three and a half baths, a fireplace and a first floor bay window. The L'Enfant Trust holds a conservation easement on this property and is presently home to Scott Willis. Jim Bell also has 1842 Kalorama REAL ESTATE NEWS by Mary K. Mewborn 3425 Prospect Street 606 Kentland Drive 2303 Bancroft Street, N.W.

Road, N.W. under contract. With eight bedrooms and three and a half baths, this newly renovated extra-wide Federal-style row house went on the market for $1,475,000. Built in 1913, it features original details throughout. Highlights include inlaid hardwood floors, high ceilings, a fireplace and a surround sound speaker system. The upgraded kitchen has a large bay window, custom cabinets, granite countertops, cork flooring and top quality appliances. The expansive paneled dining room has an ornamental ceiling and is perfect for entertaining. Additional rooms on the upper level include a large family room and washroom. The lower level hosts an in-law suite with both front and back entrances, while the rear exterior of the property contains a deck overlooking a landscaped garden with a flagstone terrace and fishpond. There is also space to park two cars. The home's current residents are Peter Bennett, Jr. and T. Black. In late May, 3716 Woodley Road, N.W. was sold. The new owners are David F. Dowd, a partner with the global law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe, & Maw LLP, and Elizabeth Tsehai, who, as founder and president of the advertising firm ET Communications, was named one of World Economic Forum's 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow for her work in Africa. The sellers were Michael and Mona Berman, who received $900,000 for their beautifully renovated three-bedroom home with a gourmet kitchen, sunroom, gleaming hardwood floors, and fully finished lower level. Zelda Heller with Long& Foster was the selling agent.


In Chevy Chase, Reginald Felton, vice president of the Montgomery County School Board, and his wife, Dianne, have purchased Unit #1103 at the Somerset House II located at 5610 Wisconsin Avenue. In a late May settlement, the couple paid Farah Dana $1,550,000 for the 3,021-square-foot luxury condo with two bedrooms plus a den and balcony. Long & Foster's Zelda Heller served as both the listing and selling agent.


Weichert realtor Sue Huckaby was the listing agent for the spectacular year-old brick and stucco Colonial at 606 Kentland Drive in Great Falls. The six-bedroom house, with six full baths and two half baths, sits on two acres in a cul-de-sac overlooking a stream in the Kentland Pond neighborhood. Built by seller Steven Robinson of Chesapeake Construction Company, Inc. for his own personal use, the home boasts hardwood floors, high ceilings, solid wood doors and elegantly carved moldings. A gourmet kitchen adjoins a sunny breakfast room and is fitted with granite counters and a center island. The home-office space includes a conference room. There is also an au pair suite and a recreation room on the lower level. On July 30, Steven and Laura Robinson sold this magnificent property to Tonya Harmon and Nicholas Harmon for $2,495,000. Ms. Harmon is the owner and founder of Harmony Information Services, and her husband is primarily responsible for business development and sales for the company. Previously, he worked for several defense and law enforcement contractors, was a Naval Intelligence officer and deputy director of the Department of Defense's Information Assurance Technology Analysis. The Harmons were represented in their purchase by realtor Nikki Ryan.

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