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  • WASHINGTON FINE PROPERTIES FALL NEWSLETTER

    November 29, 2022

    Now more than ever, it's imperative to find a brokerage you can trust. The respected agents at Washington Fine Properties have guided valued clients through market-balancing times like these for almost 25 years, delivering trusted expertise and unparalleled results every step of the way. Whether you're seeking to better understand the current market, or are considering making a move, you've come to the right place!Read More

  • Architect Rob Morris-Designed McLean Estate Lists for $5.4M

    November 16, 2022

    This architecturally spectacular estate in McLean spans more than 12,600 square feet, including a guest cottage. The home was built by renowned architect and designer Rob Morris. The Manderley Estate is timelessly designed to offer entertaining on a large scale and a welcoming multi-generational retreat. Enjoy the winding cherry tree lined drive to the charming cobblestone courtyard entrance. The one-of-a-kind custom stone English manor is covered in meticulously manicured ivy surrounded by mature landscaping and trees with a separate 100-year-old renovated guest cottage. Read More

  • Foxhall Mansion Reenters Market As One of DC's Priciest Homes For Sale

    November 14, 2022

    A seven-bedroom home in a section of DC known for large ambassadorial residences just re-entered the market. The 11,000 square-foot house at 2425 Foxhall Road NW was re-listed on Monday with Margot Wilson of Washington Fine Properties for $14.25 million. Completed by Banks Development Co. late last year, the home, designed by GTM Architects, was built for an American family now living in London. The family has decided to stay abroad and is selling the home. It was originally listed in February for $20 million. As expected of a home carrying this price tag, the rooms have a grand scale meant for entertaining with tall ceilings and large windows. Outdoors, there are terraced gardens and a south-facing loggia, swimming pool, and a large entertaining space. Each of the seven bedrooms is en suite and there are two large offices. Read More

  • 4 Tips for Home Sellers in Today's Shifting Market

    November 08, 2022

    You likely already know this, but we'll tell you again: Things are expensive right now. Inflation affects everything from gas prices to airfare to the bill at a restaurant. It also affects mortgage rates: The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage recently rose to over 7 percent for the first time in 20 years. That's a sharp contrast to where we were in the height of the Covid-era market, when rates dropped as low as below 3 percent. That led to a crazy competitive housing market that left sellers in an enviable position - you've likely heard the stories about lines around the block at open houses, buyers waiving all contingencies, and homes selling for way above listing prices. So - with rates spiking, are DC-area agents seeing a flip to a buyers market? Robert Hryniewicki of HRL Partners at Washington Fine Properties says: "We're going from a marketplace that was hyper-charged, where you would put a listing for sale on a Thursday, and by Tuesday, you'd have 12 offers," he says. "Now if you've come for sale, it might take two weeks or four weeks even, for a contract to materialize. That is normal."Read More

  • European-Style $15.9M McLean Estate Boasts Beauty at Every Turn

    November 03, 2022

    One of the most luxurious estates offered in prestigious Langley Farms is next to the iconic and historic Hickory Hill. Inspired by grand European estates, the home boasts remarkable beauty at every turn. A gated entrance welcomes you to the arrival court that is surrounded by immaculate landscaping that includes Coral Bark Maples for all-season interest. The handcrafted Mahogany and glass entry door leads you to the Foyer that opens to the Living Room with Antique doors from France that discretely retract into the walls for privacy opening to the ultimate Study with gorgeous bookshelves and fireplace with a custom mantle. The Dining Room boasts a custom pattern ceiling created by artist David Wiggins, a matching set of mirrored doors, custom chandeliers and French doors that lead to a courtyard with an antique water fountain. There is hand-scraped walnut flooring throughout with subtle herringbone design and random width wide planks. The remarkable Kitchen with custom Prevo cabinetry with a spacious island, top-of-the-line appliances and imported backsplash from France opens to the cozy Family Room. The Breakfast Room and Sunroom have antique brick walls each with doors leading to the patio making a statement with an antique brick fireplace in the center. To complete the Main Level there is a Butler's Pantry, Mudroom, Elevator and two Powder Rooms. Read More

  • Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond's DC Home Is for Sale

    October 31, 2022

    Civil rights leader Julian Bond's former home is for sale in Chevy Chase DC. The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath Colonial was originally built in 1939, and is on the market for $1,665,000. The home also comes with a finished basement, a patio, and gardens. Bond, who died in 2015, was one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and went on to serve as the chair of the NAACP. He also co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center, and served in Georgia's state legislature. Bond was also a longtime resident of Chevy Chase DC. He and his wife, Pamela Horowitz, bought the house in 1994, and Horowitz remained in the home until recently. A park bench outside of the Chevy Chase Community Center is dedicated to Bond. Read More

  • Victorian Style, Modern Amenities Found in Old Town Alexandria Home

    October 26, 2022

    Victorian charm meets modern living in this three-bedroom townhouse in Old Town Alexandria. Enter through the front door while admiring the stained glass window above, and you'll be in the living room with a bay window and gas fireplace. The formal dining room comes with a chandelier, crown molding, chair rail and hardwood floors. The kitchen fits modern lifestyles with granite counters, stainless steel appliances and custom cabinets. French doors lead from the kitchen to a garden with its own fountain. A Victorian staircase leads to the second level, where there are three bedrooms and original hardwood floors. The primary suite has its own balcony and renovated bathroom. Read More

  • Home to first Black woman with D.C. dental office lists for $5 million

    October 14, 2022

    Some houses are filled with so much history and historical features that they are more like museums than homes. You can't imagine anyone with young children in such a house. But this stately rowhouse in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Northwest Washington has been home to a family of four for more than a decade. James Iker and his husband Hayes Nuss moved into the house in 2008 and raised their now 12-year-old twins in it. "It doesn't live like a museum at all," Iker said. "It's built to work for a family. It's been a very functional house. It's a big house, but we use every bit of it." "The roof deck is definitely my favorite part of the house, especially in the mornings," Iker said. Even with the modernizations, many period features were preserved, most notably the fireplace mantels and tile surrounds in the living room, sitting room and library. The sitting, living and dining rooms are separated by pocket doors. They also kept a "talking tube," an early intercom system, which can be found in the upstairs hallway. Behind the house, there are two parking spaces with an electric car charger. The seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom, 6,600-square-foot house is listed at $4,995,000. Read More

  • Fully Renovated $3.1M Arlington Home Offers Private Front Dining Patio

    October 13, 2022

    Welcome to 1801 North Herndon St., a beautiful custom classic colonial fully renovated and expanded by BCN in 2016 with a 0.25 acre lot that was meticulously crafted and designed by landscape architect Scott Brinitzer. Sitting proud on a corner lot, the home boasts 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 3 gas fireplaces, a two car side-loading garage, over 6,500 finished square feet, a front private dining patio and a back patio with a built-in gas fireplace. This gorgeous sun-filled home is the quintessential offering of classic architecture coupled with modern elegance. Read More

  • Rooftop And Elevator Featured At $2.1M Old Town Alexandria House

    September 30, 2022

    In Alexandria, a $2 million price tag comes with a townhouse with an elevator and five levels, including a rooftop terrace. This four-bedroom, five-bathroom home is four blocks from the waterfront and offers a glimpse of the Potomac River from its rooftop. The nearly 4,000 square feet of living space includes bedroom suites, entertainment spaces and an elevator takes residents to all levels. Outside, there's a covered lower terrace and rear lawn, but the highlight is the spacious rooftop terrace that can be found on the top level. Read More

  • $8.9M Potomac Estate Features 300-Year-Old Imported French Fireplace

    September 22, 2022

    A masterful collaboration between renowned architect Glenn Chen Fong, McHale Landscape designer Julie Patronik, and interior designer Gerald Smith, this extraordinary four-acre estate in Potomac is truly unparalleled. With a decidedly European influence, the French Country Manor is wrapped in imported stone and Boral brick, with hand-hewn rough-sawn columns and braces, lush gardens, and a host of stunning outdoor spaces. Approached by a long tree-lined tumble-paved drive, the majestic residence features incredible roof-lines and stature, balanced perfectly by enchanting flowered window boxes and stone terraces. Offering 14,000 square feet of living space, the home has consistent finishing on every floor: with the lower level as beautiful as the main and upper floors. There are fabulous sight lines from every angle, with the outdoors seamlessly blended into the fabric of the home. The primary spaces include reception areas, elegant formal living and dining rooms, and the kitchen of any chef's dream. Read More

  • Georgetown's Decatur House Lists for $7.9 Million

    September 16, 2022

    The entrance to the house is reached by a small set of stairs leading up from the brick sidewalk. The entry door is framed by a fan light and sidelights. A library with a wood-burning fireplace is to the right of the center hall. The ceilings on the main level are 12 1/2 feet tall. The 21-by-34-foot living room spans the back of the house. Four sets of French doors open to a porch. There is a wood-burning fireplace at each end of the room. The 17-by-29-foot dining room has a wood-burning fireplace and two triple-sash windows. The kitchen is on the lower level. A family room, wine cellar and a bedroom with en suite bathroom are also on this floor. The owner's suite is on the second floor. The bedroom has doors that open to a balcony. The bedroom and the dressing room each have a fireplace. This floor also has two additional bedrooms and bathrooms. The top level has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. An elevator runs to the three of the four floors, but not the top level. A brick path in the gardens leads to a large, circular fountain. Read More

  • Georgian House in Woodland Normanstone on Market for $10.9 Million

    September 09, 2022

    A gated entry and a steep set of stairs lead to the front of the house. The entrance door opens to a stately foyer with formal living and dining rooms on either side, each with a wood-burning fireplace and 10 1/2 - foot ceilings. On the left side of the house, the kitchen is connected to the dining room by a butler's pantry. The kitchen has marble countertops, marble backsplash, a walk-in pantry, two dishwashers, a double wall oven and a six-burner gas range. A breakfast room is attached to the kitchen and overlooks the backyard. The wood-paneled library has a wood-burning fireplace and built-in shelving and cabinetry. The owner's suite takes up most of the left side of the house on the second floor. The bedroom has a sitting area and a wood-burning fireplace. There are two walk-in closets and a bathroom with two vanities, a marble soaking tub and a separate marble shower with a steam feature. Two additional bedrooms with en suite bathrooms are on this level. The top level has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a family room. The lower level has a bedroom with en suite bathroom, a temperature controlled wine cellar with two wine refrigerators and an exercise room. The garage, which can fit two cars end-to-end, is also on this level. An elevator runs to all four levels. The backyard has a large flagstone patio for entertaining, a covered porch, a grilling area, a fountain and terraced landscaping. Plantings include hollies, magnolia, crepe myrtles, boxwoods, azaleas, camellias, roses and hydrangeas. Read More

  • 1912 Cleveland Park House Lists for $2.6 million

    August 23, 2022

    The spacious, tree-shaded front porch and the large front door, with transom and sidelights, welcomes visitors to the home. A marker identifies the house as a contributing structure of the Cleveland Park Historic District. Inside the house, many period features remain. The music room to the left of the foyer has parquet flooring, leaded-glass windows and a floor-to-ceiling mirror surrounded with gilded bas-relief sculptures that are repeated in plaques above the indoor fishpond. Korns said artisans who worked on Washington National Cathedral are believed to have done the plaster work. A large stone fireplace anchors the living room. The dining room has a coffered ceiling, tall wainscoting with wallpapered panels, and a period chandelier and sconces. The breakfast room, next to the dining room, has ornate leaded-glass windows. Read More

  • Kalorama house is on the market for $4.5 million

    August 12, 2022

    After taking possession of the house, Mirta Lopez worked closely with Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath in Bethesda, Md., to update it. On the third floor, the owner's suite bathroom and dressing room were transformed. The fourth-floor bathroom also was redone. Carpeting was removed, revealing near-pristine hardwood floors. Both kitchens - the main one on the second level and the catering one on the first level - were revamped. A room next to the main kitchen was turned into a breakfast area. But several of the home's features were not touched, including the sweeping spiral stairway and the wall of windows next to it, both of which span all four levels. In the marble foyer, the sculptural stairway provides a stately entry to the house. Because the house is built into a hill, both the entry level and the second level open up to the outdoors. The living room has several glass French doors that lead to a walled courtyard in the rear. There is parking for three cars in front of the house, and a cleverly concealed, attached garage has room for a fourth car. Rather than a traditional garage door, the opening of the garage looks like a set of glass French doors with shutters. Read More