Friday, September 16, 2022

NOTABLE LISTING

Georgetown's Decatur House Lists for $7.9 Million

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.

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Friday, September 9, 2022

NOTABLE LISTING

Georgian House in Woodland Normanstone on Market for $10.9 Million

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.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

NOTABLE LISTING

1912 Cleveland Park House Lists for $2.6 million

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.

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Friday, August 12, 2022

NOTABLE LISTING

Kalorama house is on the market for $4.5 million

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.

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Friday, July 29, 2022

NOTABLE LISTING

Tilden Gardens Co-Op Apartment Offered at $2.6 Million

"It has an exterior entrance, so we didn't feel like it was an apartment," Rupp said. "I kind of had a sense that it was a house attached to an apartment with the benefits of a front desk out the back door, somebody to accept deliveries, somebody to watch over things." Rupp and O'Bryon undertook an extensive renovation. They installed hardwood floors, a gas fireplace and octagonal skylights in the main room. They added a library, a fourth bedroom and laundry facilities. They redid the kitchen and enlarged the bedroom windows. But they left many of the period features, such as the beams and arches in the main room. "What we didn't change is what attracted us in the first place," Rupp said.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

COMPANY NEWS

Washington Fine Properties Summer Newsletter

The market this summer provides for an excellent environment for both buyers and sellers alike. As evidenced by the charts below, sales activity year-to-date has created a very solid base for confidence in the strength of the market. The four factors that drove the incredible spike over the past two years still exist in today's market; those drivers include the immense demand from the millennial boom, the lack of supply of homes available for sale, the change in homeowners wants and needs caused by the pandemic, as well as historically low interest rates. Buyers who have been frustrated and fatigued by the heated competition will find opportunities in the market ahead. Inventory will increase as sellers will now have more choices on where to move and will be comfortable listing their homes. We at WFP are excited about the return to a healthier, well-balanced market as the previous market was not sustainable. In times of caution, there is a flight to quality, and the agent/firm who represents you is now more important than ever.

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Friday, July 8, 2022

NOTABLE LISTING

Private Nature Retreat in Lovettsville, VA., For Sale For $3.5M

A buyer seeking privacy and nature would find plenty of both at this property in Lovettsville, Va. The Craftsman-style house is in Furnace Mountain Estates, a luxury community in western Loudoun County, not far from Leesburg, Va., or Fredrick, Md. It was built in 2006 by Kholer Custom Homes of Burke, Va. Because the first owners did not live in the house, P.J. and Steven Barger, who bought it in 2009, are the first occupants.

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Friday, July 1, 2022

NOTABLE LISTING

House adjacent to Congressional Country Club offered at $4.8M

"We're 11 miles from the White House," [Karen Fickes] said. "We can walk to the canal. ...It was very close to the schools that our kids were going to at the time. You can be in Tysons in 10 minutes; you can be at Montgomery Mall in seven minutes. ... The fact that you're as close to all of these places, but you have two acres that back up to Congressional [Country Club], and the entire neighborhood is one street, just one street, which ends in a cul-de-sac. It's incredibly quiet." Read more about HRL Partner's 8600 Country Club Lane here!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

COMPANY NEWS

Washington Life's Power 100

Founded nearly 25 years ago, Washington Fine Properties is a preeminent independent real estate brokerage firm in the Nation's Capital Region. The four partners who run the firm in a very synergistic manner attribute their success to their 175+ agents, who are among the most experienced and market savvy in the region. WFP's annual average sales volume per agent and average sales price has put them at the top in the Mid-Atlantic States since inception. 2021 was the most successful year in the company's history with sales of $3.5B. The partners attribute the dramatic increase to "the Covid effect" - making "home" the number one priority for their clients. MLS stats reveal they achieved 14 of the top 20 sales in the District in 2021, with 13 of the top 20 contracts in 2022 YTD.

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Friday, May 27, 2022

NOTABLE LISTING

McLean, Va., House with Garden Oasis Lists for $3.5 Million

In 2011, when Leo Brooks first went with his real estate agent to see this property in McLean, Va., he didn't go into the house right away. Instead, he wandered to the back of the house, where he was smitten. "I walked through their side gate, came into the backyard," he said. "It was just amazing. It was summertime, and [there were] all these beautiful plants. They had this gorgeous looking pool and a private setting. Right then, I told myself, 'I don't know what it is going to look like on the inside, but it's going to be hard not to take this, just based on how the gardens look.'" The house, which he calls a "cottage in the woods," was built in 1963 but has been expanded over the years. The gabled roofs gave it a storybook appearance.

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