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Real Estate News by Mary K. Mewbor

The District


Coldwell Banker realtor, Jim Bell, has 2336 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. under contract with a list price of $1,895,000. The stately home has been totally renovated with granite, marble and stainless steel, yet retains its original warmth and charm. It has four bedrooms, two full baths, two half baths, four fireplaces, and a large boxwood garden overlooking Rock Creek Park. There is also a parking space. The sellers are Kristen and Nels Olson. He is the managing director for Korn Ferry. The prospective purchaser is Hank Armour, president of the National Association of Convenience Stores.

Jim Bell is also the listing agent for 2204 Decatur Place, N.W. Now under contract, the asking price for this five-bedroom renovated Kalorama townhouse was $1.475 million. The home has a dramatic two-story living room, two fireplaces and a beautiful rear garden. Gerald DeSieve and Jennifer Torpie are the sellers. Martin and Susan Sherwin are the expected purchasers. Martin is the co-author of the widely acclaimed book, “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.”

Jim Bell has also put his experience and knowledge to work to help sell 3100 P Street, N.W. Bell listed the red brick Georgetown Federal for $2,285,000. It sold for $2,275, 000. The four-bedroom home sits on a corner lot and features large side and rear gardens with a deck and patio. Original architectural features have been supplemented by innovative renovations in the octagonal kitchen, which has a vaulted ceiling and stateof- the-art appliances. There is an au pair suite in the basement and parking too. The buyers are Didier Rotsaert and Sophie Sirtaine, who works at the World Bank.

In February, Long & Foster realtor James A. Firkser advertised a brand new listing at 4703 Foxhall Crescent Drive, N.W. with Washington Life. Now the five-thousand-plus-squarefoot stone manse designed by Arthur Cotton Moore and built by the Kay Company has sold for almost $2 million. The sellers were Andrea and Read K. McCaffrey. A senior litigation partner with Patton Boggs, Read McCaffrey successfully negotiated with the government of Libya over the bombing of Pan Am 103 in what is the largest wrongful death mass disaster settlement in the history of American torts. With a practice that has spanned more than three decades and nearly two dozen states, McCaffrey also served as the plaintiffs' liaison counsel in the Chase, Maryland, railroad tragedy. The McCaffreys' architecturally significant residence features a floating staircase, elaborate molding and expensive wallpaper and carpeting. Maintained in pristine condition, the three-level home boasts multiple bedrooms with private baths, an elevator, garage and a large European-style landscaped lot. The new owners are Angel Caban and his wife, Isabel, a realtor with Washington Fine Properties.

Jim Firkser was also the listing agent for 4501 Salem Lane N.W., located not far from his own Foxhall/Wesley Heights home. Since graduating with honors from the University of Virginia in 1981, Firkser has also owned homes in Alexandria, Capitol Hill, Kalorama, Potomac and Bethesda, making him an expert with extensive firsthand knowledge of the metropolitan area's real estate market. The Salem Lane property is a five-bedroom detached home with 5,200 square feet of living space. It has a two-story foyer, nine-foot ceilings, wood floors on all three levels, embassy-size public rooms, chef's kitchen, two-car garage, separate lower level entrance and a courtyard perfectly located just on the edge of Georgetown. The sellers are Brij and Savita Malhotra. The buyer, Demetrios Diavatis, got a great deal when the price tag was reduced from $1,499,999 to $1,375,000.

By press time, 7742 Bridle Path Lane in McLean is expected to have gone to settlement for above the list price of $1,150,000. The spacious five-bedroom Colonial is situated on a quiet street on a beautifully landscaped secluded lot bordering Timberly Park off Swinks Mill Road in the Bridle Path Manor neighborhood. Among the home's principal selling points are two family rooms, both equipped with fireplaces, and a serpentine walled verandah overlooking the private backyard. The sellers, Louise and Quinton Wells, are being represented by Linda Rogers of Washington Fine Properties. The perspective buyers, Gary Dayton and his wife Huda Abubakr, are being represented by Weichert Realtor Annie Cefaratti, a sixth-generation Washingtonian who is one of the top five percent of agents nationwide and a member of Weichert Chairman's Club.

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