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Can the rumor really be true that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been househunting off Connecticut Avenue recently?

1405 34th Street, N.W.

In Northwest, 2113 S Street is under contract with an asking price of $1,999,900. The completely renovated five-level brownstone is the former home of the Geoffrey Diner Gallery. It boasts four bedrooms, four full and one half baths, a chef 's kitchen, hardwood floors, an in-law suite, a great room with a wet bar, and a roof top terrace with terrific views of the city. There is also parking for two cars. Geoffrey Diner's gallery which sells 19th-21st century furniture and artwork, is now located at 1730 21st Street NW The listing agent for the S Street property is Jim Bell, who now operates out of a new venue. Bell, who had been with Coldwell Banker, has joined Washington Fine Properties' Georgetown office. Washington Fine Properties also has enviable Georgetown listings in the Alfred Friendly House at 1645 31 Street NW with a price tag of $7.8 million, and the late hostess Evangeline Bruce's former home at 1405 34th Street NW which includes a thirty-four foot ballroom that was the scene of some of Washington's most successful social soirées. The present owners of the Bruces' historic home are newspaper heiress Clara Bingham and her husband, author David Michaelis who have listed the Federal mansion with Washington Fine Properties for $6,200,000.

Can the rumor really be true that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were house-hunting off Connecticut Avenue recently? With Angelina expecting and Brad making plans to adopt her children, speculation continues about where the new family will call home. While England's Daily Mirror has reported that Angelina is selling her Buckinghamshire estate in the United Kingdom in favor of returning to the U.S., Us Weekly claims that France and Italy are more likely choices on Jolie's list of places to live.

Long and Foster realtor Terri Robinson has found a buyer for the Corinthian Baptist Church located at 500 I Street NW The new owners of the impressive edifice near Chinatown and the Convention Center is the Chinese Community Church, the oldest Chinese church in the metropolitan area and the only Chinese church in the capital. The building was put up for sale in 2003 and has now sold for $4.6 million with the help of listing agent Denise Warner with Begg, Long and Foster. An historic site, the local landmark was once home to the Ohev Sholom Synagogue whose original congregation were immigrants from Czarist Russia. The group's founders included such commercial powerhouses as Herman Sachs and Morris Garfinkle, who in 1906 helped purchase the property. The site would remain a synagogue for the next fifty years.

2113 S Street

onnelly have sold their five--bedroom white brick Colonial at 104 E﹒ Lenox Street for $1.6 million to builder/developer, McCullough Companies. Long and Fosters' Nancy Itteilag listed the Montgomery County property for the Donnellys and also served as the selling agent in the couple's purchase of a new $1.385 million, classic Colonial at 106 E. Kirke Street. James Donnelly is one of our area's most renowned residential real estate appraisers. His wife Mary Elizabeth is vice president of government relations for Newmont Mining, the nation's premier gold mining company.

In the Avenel area of Potomac, Itteilag represented Arnie and Holly Popkins in the sale of their Natelli-built home at 8913 Abbey Terrace for $1,775,000. Arnie Popkins is an attorney. Holly is a well-known doll collector who owns an antique doll dealership in Montgomery County. The buyers were Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Cathcart.

John C. McKnight, a wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch, and his wife Mary Alice, have received $1,295,000 for their home at 8125 Autumn Gate Lane in Avenel's awardwinning community The Gates. The couple listed their Bethesda property with Long and Foster's Nancy Itteilag, the same realtor who helped them purchase the property in 2002 for $869,000 from Merrill Lynch vice president Randall Avey and his wife Linda. The four-bedroom home has four and a half baths and was built in "Old World" tradition by Rocky Gorge Communities. It sits between Rock Run Stream Valley Park and Avenel's 13th fairway in Bethesda.

Thanks to Long and Foster realtor Sharon Hayman, Kimberly Lindley of Price, Waterhouse, Coopers, has a new home in the Clarendon area of Arlington. Custom built and sold by The Informal Group, the property listed for $1,195,000 yet Ms. Lindley reportedly paid $1,391,591. Still, that's not a bad deal considering that The Informal Group's homes have received eleven "finest living" awards over the past three decades.

Speaking of deals, Ethel Kennedy's historic Hickory Hill mansion in McLean is now being offered at $16.5 million by Washington Fine Properties after more than a year on the market. At almost $10 million less than the original list price, the estate is considered enough of a "good buy" that Robert Kennedy's widow may soon be saying farwell to the stately home where she raised their eleven children. Meanwhile, The company's has already said good-bye to its six-year affiliation with Sotheby's. The company's decision to sever ties with the auction house came less than a year after Sotheby's sold its luxury real estate brand for $100 million to Cendant Corp., which owns Century 21, Coldwell Banker and ERA. As of January 2006, Tutt, Taylor & Rankin Real Estate, LLC. became Sotheby International's new metropolitan area affiliate.

1645 31 Street, N.2113 S Street W.

Clay T. Whitehead, the telecommunications expert and billionaire entrepreneur who served as President Nixon's director of telecommunications policy and was instrumental in helping to encourage the decision to build the Space Shuttle, has purchased a five-bedroom Colonial with a heated pool on Harvey Road in McLean's Langley Farms neighborhood. The Fairfax County property was listed for $2,150,000 and Whitehead paid $2,075,000.

In Arlington, 1520 N Highland Street, listed by Ingrid Wooten of Long & Foster, now belongs to Michael Villado and Michelle Sitrin Villado, who previously lived at 2658 N Richmond Street in Arlington. The couple spent $1.16 million for their new residence. The sellers were Internet guru/visionary Roger H. Harvison of SHo Me Technologies and his wife Alexandra A. Harvison.

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