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Surreal Transformations Before & After

| APRIL 2014

DC in Bloom The AdMo Scene

the Fleisher group of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. welcomes you to the Prestigious Rapley Community


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5BR / 3.5BA 929 Westminter Street NW I 5BR / 3.5BA

Sprawling row home with unfinished basement on Sprawling with to unfinished quiet street, row just home 2.5 blocks the Shawbasement Metro. on quiet street, just 2.5 blocks to the Shaw Metro. Call for more information or to schedule a private Call for more information or to schedule a private appointment. appointment.


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A 4 817 De Russey Parkway Chevy Chase, MD 20815 $2,195,000

C 9 29 Westminster Street NW Washington, DC 20001 $1,050,000

B 1325 Naylor Court NW Washington, DC 20001 $1,599,900

D 1 226 11th Street NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20001 $1,050,000


Recent Sales March 2014

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Georgetown 3312 R StReet NW WaShiNgtoN DC 20007 offeReD at $2,140,000

Come and enjoy casual elegance in this lovely Georgetown Home. 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, a wonderful sunroom, a large private patio and garage parking. For an exclusive tour, contact John Edelmann. Presented by John Edelmann 202-423-6900

1517 VeRmoNt aVeNue NW WaShiNgtoN, DC 20005 offeReD at $1,795,000

Logan Circle

This stunning Logan Circle Victorian residence was under contract in seven days with multiple offers and sales price escalations. We made use of the best marketing tools available to help as many buyers as possible see this remarkable opportunity. Thinking about a move? Let us help you! Contact us for more information. Presented by John Lumsden and Bo Billups / 202-288-3185 / 202-431-4052

1107 D StReet Se WaShiNgtoN, DC 20003 offeReD at $849,000

Capitol Hill

Behind the 1915 historic porch front, delight in this renovated 3 bedroom 3 and ½ bath home crafted for modern day living. Bright, open, and spacious main level provides for gracious living and gregarious hosting. The living room features gas fireplace, sophisticated built-ins, smart wired, and opens to inviting dining room and kitchen. Presented by Crystal Crittenden and Desiree Munson DC Capitol Properties 202-246-0931



capitol hill

202-387-6180 Kevin McDuffie Managing Broker

202-333-6100 Rick Hoffman Managing Broker

202-547-3525 Don Denton Managing Broker

©2014 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Coldwell Banker is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. If your property is currently listed with a broker, this is not a solicitation to list your property.

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5-acre property aloNg the potomac river iN mcleaN 7020 gREEn oAK DRIVE In McLEAn, VA gorgeous, 5-acre riverfront lot with 442 feet of waterfront for $2,998,000—a fabulous opportunity near assessed value for the last currently available Potomac Riverfront lot in McLean. Purchase the land alone oR build this lovely Tuscan Villa from $9,200,000.

Fouad Talout, Talout International LLC “Your Luxury Real Estate Expert” 703.459.4141 direct | email Fouad Talout

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35 PInEY MEETInghouSE CT. In PoToMAC, MD now priced at $2,450,000 |


2909 ChAIn BRIDgE RD. In oAKTon, VA now priced at $2,560,000 |


423 SEnECA RD. In gREAT FALLS, VA now priced at $4,300,000 |


8500 oLD DoMInIon DR. In McLEAn, VA now priced at $3,550,000 |


353 SPRIngVALE RD. In gREAT FALLS, VA now priced at $3,200,000 |

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. 6862 Elm Street, McLean, VA 22101 703.873.5118 office

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Nancy Shahin Itteilag 202-905-7762 |

“Wall Street Journal’s Top 10 Agents in the USA”

A Washingtonian’s Dream Home

4815 Dexter Street NW, Washington, DC 20007 | Offered at $4,500,000 3527 Winfield Lane NW, Washington, DC 20007 | Offered at $2,350,000



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3201 New Mexico Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 202-363-1800

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IN-TOWN ESTATE WITH GUEST HOUSE 4400 Garfield Street NW, Washington, DC 20007 | Offered at $7,500,000 2900 K Street NW, Penthouse #603, Washington, DC 20007 | Harbourside Building | Offered at $3,995,000

Georgetown Luxury Penthouse Call Nancy shahin itteilag at 202.905.7762




Contents DHM Exclusive Listings

Design in the District

The Mandy & David Team, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. . . . . . . . . 2-3 Coldwell Banker Previews. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Fouad Talout, Jack Spahr, Pascale Karam, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Nancy Shahin Itteilag, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Washington Fine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Merritt Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Cady’s Alley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Theodore’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Urban Essentials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Contemporaria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

DHM Real Estate Experts Ron Mangas, Jr., TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Suzanne Des Marais, Keller Williams Capital Properties . . . . . . . . . . 16-17 John Eric, Debbie Shapiro, Stephanie White, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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Agent Highlight, Lindsay Reishman Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Georgetown Office Highlights, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23 Patricia Lore & Ted Beverley, Evers and Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Lee Goldstein & Dina Paxenos, Evers and Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Marco Stilli, Beatriz Merchan, Andrea Stilli, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 John Mahshie, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Bethesda Gateway Office Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35




+ features Beach Living

Cover Property

Before & After

Barbara Watkins, Benson & Mangold Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Jill Schwartz, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-39 Emily Carter, Jim & Pat Carter Real Estate, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Leslie Kopp, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Bethany Beach . . 41

Marc Fleisher of Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc. takes us inside an extraordinary country villa in the prestigious Rapley community of Potomac, MD.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15

“The Perfect Trio” DHM sat down with developer John Cecchi to discuss the full renovation of 2305 Bancroft Place. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-31

Up & Coming

District Destination

Capitol Hill House Tour. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

“A Picturesque Journey Back” A spotlight on the beautiful Harpers Ferry, WV.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Country Living Helen MacMahon, Sheridan MacMahon, Ltd. Realtors. . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Brokerage Firm, Thomas & Talbot Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-45 Phillip Thomas, Thomas & Talbot Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46-47 Mary Ann McGowan, Thomas & Talbot Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Giving Back Huntingtons Disease Society of America Washington Metro Chapter Blue Tie Gala. . . . . 18 Milagros para Niños. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Districts in the District “Evolution of a Neighborhood” This issue we delve into the eclectic, up-andcoming neighborhood of Adams Morgan.. . . . . 29

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Annapolis Waterfront Home. Design by Robert Gurney, FAIA. 3243 Harness Creek Road, Annapolis, MD 21403 Offered for $2,569,100 Announcing a new listing in Annapolis that combines two premium waterfront properties on Harness Creek, a most desired location. The main house was designed by Robert Gurney, FAIA; thoughtfully positioned to capture the unobstructed water views, and finished with a unique attention to quality in every measure.The main house includes three private en suites, three distinct living spaces, and a beautiful open kitchen that appears minimal in aesthetic, but maximizes functionality. The adjoining property includes a charming two bedroom Cottage with a private pier, and gorgeous water views. The total property exceeds one acre, with immense potential to combine, or simply maintain the Cottage for it’s proven income opportunities.

Award-winning Modernist Design. Inspired by The Masters. 9301 Inglewood Court, Potomac, MD 20854 Offered for $2,695,900 Listed by Ron Mangas, Jr. & Jayne Ehrens

Artfully designed by the award-winning architect Warren Cox, FAIA., of Georgetown based HartmanCox Architects, this home shows clear inspiration from the renowned designs of LeCorbusier, and Neutra. Soaring walls of glass throughout the home invite the outdoors in, offering breathtaking views of the property while protecting its lush wooded lot, with an adjoining 3 acres of parkland. The modernist design boasts over 8,000 sq. ft. with six bedrooms, including two in the adjacent guest house, six full baths and 3 half baths. A chef ’s kitchen extends to the spacious great room accented by a field stone wall and fireplace. The clean lines and open floor plan include a main level with a variety of entertaining areas that flow to the beautifully expansive decks that surround the gardens and private pool. The professionally landscaped grounds, encompasses a pool, pool house, tennis court and guest house.

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Ron Mangas, Jr. Realtor Magazine’s 2014 Class of 30 under 30 Realtors Nationwide.

After a crippling accident in 2009, I spent a long recovery studying what I was truly passionate about: modern architecture. I then vowed to completely shift my business model and sell what I love. I was going to be the sole resource for those with a like-minded interest in modern homes. In an area with historically few modern homes, I take these incredible listings and showcase them to the highest level, rather than allowing them to be overlooked as architectural anomalies. I have found a new perspective by doing what I love every day, and success follows.

A DC Agent with a Modern Niche Listed by Ron Mangas, Jr.

703.298.2564 | 703.319.3344 6723 Whittier Ave, McLean, VA

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Extraordinary Country Villa

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9815 RAPLEy PRESERvE DRIvE, PoToMAC , MD 20814 oFFERED AT $3,995,000


elcome to this extraordinary sophisticated country villa impeccably designed by acclaimed architect, Michael Marshall, and constructed by award-winning Natelli Builders. This sensational home combines the finest top quality materials with expert workmanship and reflects the pride of ownership. From the spectacular Great Room with two-story custom wood beamed ceiling to the gourmet chef ’s Kitchen with two separate islands to the custom-milled English Library with complex ceiling design and palladian picture window to the embassy size formal Living and Dining Rooms with dramatic volume ceilings and distinct fireplaces, no detail has been compromised in presenting this home of distinction. Complementing the first floor is a fabulous transitional Gallery/Foyer with European vaulted ceiling and exterior French doors as well as a luxurious Master Bedroom Suite with distinct fireplace and exotic hardwood floors. Further enhancing the home’s appeal are two upper level guest Bedroom Suites and a fully finished lower level complete with Recreation/Game Room, full service custom milled Bar, large Exercise Room/ Fifth Bedroom, Guest Bedroom, and two deluxe full baths. This very special home is beautifully sited on a half-acre lot featuring a large courtyard with designer pavers, multi-tiered flagstone terraces and breathtaking professional landscaping highlighted with specimen plantings and mature trees. Ideally located in the prestigious Rapley community within Avenel, this unique home presents an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for its future owners.

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a different experience.

Andy Peers

Anthony Piscitelli

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Matt McHugh & Heather Davenport

Katrina Schymik, Catherine Czuba & Marian Lobred

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In the service industry, who you work with makes all the difference. Our staff each specialize in a different area of the real estate process to ensure every aspect of your experience with us is top-notch. We employ marketing staff, photographers, administrative assistants, transaction managers, and interior designers to provide our clients with the best quality service throughout their real estate transactions. Our supportive business model allows our experienced and exceptionally hardworking agents more time to focus on you—the buyers and sellers—to help you achieve your goals. 20 I SS U E NO. 4

b e t t e r r e s u lt s .

czuba Group

matt mchugh & heather Davenport

Katrina Schymik, Catherine Czuba and Marian Lobred are experienced, top producing Realtors who have helped hundreds of families and individuals successfully sell their homes and find new homes they love. Each member of the Czuba Group contributes her own unique skills and expertise to create a complete and superior client experience. Catherine, Marian & Katrina are known in the business for their integrity, outstanding track record and passion for the business. Their greatest pleasure comes from contributing to their clients’ success.

Years ago when Matt and Heather teamed up, they quickly realized that two is better than one.Two agents to focus on clients’ needs, two agents to negotiate for their clients and two agents who both know different aspects of the city. Matt and Heather have built a solid reputation among both buyers and sellers as excellent listeners and communicators who act as trusted advisors. They offer their clients a high level of professionalism as well as the extra time and attention for a smooth transaction process. As an established team, Matt and Heather are focused on their clients and attentive from beginning to end of the sales process.

Catherine Czuba 202-549-6819 / Marian Lobred 202-486-0667 / Katrina Schymik 202-441-3982 /

Matt McHugh 202-276-0985 / Heather Davenport 202-821-3311 /

1506 19th St NW, Suite 1, Washington DC, 20036

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Penn Quarter, Washington, DC 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW #1402 | SOLD $500,000

Stylish, well located one bedroom, one and one half baths apartment with double balcony at the luxury Pennsylvania condominium. 24/7 desk and security, fitness room and roof deck with views of the Capitol and Monument. Derry Haws


Observatory Circle, Washington, DC 4101 Cathedral Avenue, NW #1117 | $410,000

Gracious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom CO-OP with balcony. 24 hour desk. On site Swimming pool, nice views of surrounding architecture. Conveniently located near public transportation. Georgetown Office


Takoma Park, Maryland 6417 5th Avenue | $400,000

Newly renovated rancher with three bedrooms, two and a half baths. Spacious living room, refinished hardwood throughout. Kitchen features all new stainless steel appliances and granite. Master with two closets and en suite bathroom. Loads of closet space. Large finished basement with separate bathroom and own entrance. Huge, fully fenced backyard. Quiet street. Less than a mile to Metro. Georgetown Office

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Mass Ave Heights, Washington, DC 3400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW | $4,500,000

First market offering in 55 years. Classic mansion on 17,045 sf lot adjacent to the Naval Observatory grounds and Vice President’s residence. Original detail includes chestnut paneling, and herringbone oak floors. Two kitchens and home office wing with private entrance. Approximately 10,000 sf of interior space. Circular drive, parking pad and detached two car garage with living quarters above. Prime location, with development potential! Terri Robinson Denise Warner

202-607-7737 202-487-5162

Hillcrest, Washington, DC 3410 Carpenter Street, SE | $330,000

The Residence—Charming Red Brick Single Family Home with Beautiful Views of Capitol Hill 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bedrooms & Full Bathroom on Upper Level, 1BR and Full BR on LL. Hall Entrance with a Formal Living Room (w/ Wood Burning Fireplace), Formal Dining Room, Galley Kit. & Florida Room with exposure to the beautiful rear patio and garden. Located on a quiet street with close access to Capitol Hill & Downtown Washington, DC. Georgetown Office


Woodley Park, Washington, DC 2759 Woodley Place, NW | Price Upon Request

3 Levels, 4BRs and Basement with legal C of O. Oak floors, open floor plan. Renovated gourmet kitchen with granite counters & stainless steel appliances. Just painted, main level floors refinished. A/C replaced in 2012 & under warranty.Two-car driveway parking. 1 block to Metro, 3 blocks to Oyster School Tamora Ilasat


Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc.—Georgetown Office 1680 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington DC 20007 office 202.944.8400 | fax 202.944.8424 |

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6409 ELmWooD RoaD ChEvy ChaSE, mD 20815 Built in 1931 this lovely center hall colonial is situated on one of the quietest streets in Kenwood. It features excellent proportions and wonderful architectural details. • 13,465 square foot lot • 4-5 bedrooms • 4 full baths • fully finished walk-out basement • generous sized rooms • eat-in kitchen Pat Lore: 301-908-1242 cell Ted Beverley: 301-728-4338 cell

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4400 Jenifer Street, NW, Washington, DC 20015 202-364-1700 phone | 202-537-0160 fax

Selling Colonial Village – Washington DC The Lee & Dina Team provide more than 23 years combined experience helping buyers and sellers navigate this exciting and everchanging market. Lee and Dina both built their careers by offering clients the maximum level of customer service, highest integrity, and top-notch market expertise. As a team, they work together to represent their clients’ interests—whether selling or buying. Lee & Dina are always available and willing to meet with you to discuss your real estate needs. Call today to schedule your personal appointment.

SIMPLY STUNNING 7947 Orchid Street NW, Washington DC 20012 Offered at $1,039,000 • Beautiful Center-Hall Colonial • Elegantly renovated from top to bottom • 4 bedrooms with 3 ½ baths • Stunning family room & kitchen addition • High end finishes and walls of windows • One-car garage and private back yard patio • Bright and airy lower level recreation room

JUST LISTeD 1737 Juniper Street NW, Washington DC 20012 Offered at $1,299,000 • Gorgeous stone front Colonial • Prime cul-de-sac location surrounded by Rock Creek Park • 6 bedrooms with 4 ½ baths • Elegant and formal rooms • Stunning top level master suite overlooking the Park • Main level office with built-ins and walls of windows • Two-car garage and fully fenced yard

1509 22nd Street NW, Washington DC 20037 202-464-8400

Lee Goldstein GRI, Associate Broker 202-744-8060 direct

Dina Paxenos GRI, Realtor ® 202-256-1624 direct

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Shown: Dewees, Persistence, Acrylic on Canvas, 68 x 59 in.

THE STilli TEam F e at u r e d l i s t i n G s

839 seneCa rd nW, Great Falls, Va 22066 OFFered FOr sale at $2,175,000

7510 hOnesty Way, Bethesda, Md 20817 OFFered FOr sale at $1,183,500

Welcome to this exquisite 6 BR, 6 FB a top of a gentle hill that positioned on almost two acres lot connected to the main road by a wrapping private driveway. Featuring a thoughtful floor plan, precious woods and marbles, generous use of moldings, paneled ceilings, 3 car garages, swimming pool, deck and patio offers a comfortable living and great entertaining opportunity.

Welcome to this well maintained and updated Colonial property situated in a quiet surrounding within the Whitman Cluster. This 3 levels brick home features an eat-in kitchen with granite counter top and new appliances, family room, hardwood floors throughout, large master suite, finished basement, 3 fireplaces, a large patio, and 2 car detached garage. Great house for entertaining and easy commute.

3802 Chelsea Ct, alexandria, Va 22304 OFFered FOr sale at $1,875,000

5222 42nd st nW, WdC 20015 OFFered FOr sale at $1,450,000

Private Exclusive: Welcome to this remodeled and expanded colonial property combining Virginian Charm with the comfort and the efficiency of modern technology and living style. Featuring 6 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, 1 powder room, garage, new gourmet kitchen on 21,000 sq/ft lot. It is truly a gem.

Private Exclusive: Welcome to this completely redeveloped property that will be available on Summer 2014. Three story property will features 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 1 powder room, gourmet kitchen, fully finished basement and much more. Conveniently located in Friendship Heights on a quiet street will be a great city living option.

Marco Stilli, Realtor, TRC, IT Navy LCDR (Retired) Beatriz Merchan, DC licensed Realtor Servicing DC, MD, VA, all the other areas by referral. Mobile: 202.345.9650 | Skype: marcostilli Office: 202.333.1212 | Mobile: 202.255.1552

Andrea Stilli, DC, MD, VA licensed Realtor Mobile: 202.674.7976 I SS UE NO. 4 27

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Districts in the district

evolution of a neighborhood Adams Morgan

to stop by Tryst for an exceptional afternoon pick-me-up with personal care that makes you feel like you are at home.

Adams Morgan has come a long way since its founding in 1958. Even in the last several years, the neighborhood has evolved from just a college area to the hip, up-and-coming place to be. The neighborhood is known for its nightlife, and is filled with majority independently-owned businesses. It has everything from great restaurants and lounges to live music and boutique shopping.

At night, check out Madam’s Organ, a blues bar serving soul food. They have live music seven days a week, and karaoke every Sunday and Thursday. If you’re interested in an ethnic experience, head to Habana Village or Ghana Cafe. Habana Village is serving up authentic cuban food in a dance club setting. Salsa, tango, merengue and samba with its dance lessons and live music. Ghana Cafe is a West-African restaurant featuring Afro-pop and reggae musical performances Thursday through Sunday. To end the night head on over to Jack Rose Dining Saloon with its gorgeous interior and great selection of whiskey, which you can check out in their whiskey cellar.

uring the day, shop around at one-of-a-kind shops like Violet Boutique for women, Turquoise for jewelry, and Mercedes Bien Vintage for fun consignment finds. Also stop into Idle Time Books and browse the expansive shelves for your next read. Then flip through some vinyls at Crooked Beat Records. You will also want to check out the District of Columbia Arts Center for the latest gallery or show. The gallery “promotes emerging and under-recognized artists,” and the theater “encourages work at all levels, of all types, and is open to all forms of presentation.” Be sure

Once you’ve spent the day, you won’t want to leave, and with new real estate popping up all over this hip neighborhood, you won’t have to. Take a look at the Eden Condominiums put together by Dennis Lee of D.B. Lee Development, Bonstra Haresign Architects, and Capital Design Group. The sleek, four-story, 18-unit brick building has seven condos left for sale ranging from $529,900 to $749,900. The huge windows are designed to let lots of light in, but no outdoor noise, so don’t worry about the nightlife keeping you awake. Most units feature balconies overlooking the neighborhood or a courtyard. And all residents have access to the rooftop terrace, featuring built-in seats and a grill for a great view of the city.


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Before & After

The Dream Team District Home Magazine sits down with developer John Cecchi to discuss an amazing renovation in Kalorama

District Home Magazine: Tell us about the Bancroft Place project… John Cecchi: It had been a family estate for a long time, belonging most recently to William H.G. FitzGerald, and it was sold off after he passed away. It’s a 10,000 square foot lot with about a 5,200 square foot property, so it is quite expansive. The home had been neglected in recent years, so it was a typical house that was ready to be redone. We came in and revised the layout, which is what we do with a lot of our projects in Georgetown and Kalorama—in this case that means not only fixing up the existing spaces, but literally adding a stairway, moving the kitchen and the master bedroom, rearranging the guest bedrooms, and completely gutting and redoing the third floor. What we got from doing so is a layout that purchasers today are looking for—a more modern way to live. It’s not just changing the skin, we’re changing the flow of the entire house, which we were able to do while maintaining the home’s historical characteristics. You really get the feel of a historical 30 ISSU E N O. 4

Kalorama property with all the benefits of modern day living and amenities. Kelley Proxmire, who does a great job of showing buyers how they can fill and live in the space, then staged the home—we always find a lot of value in staging. DHM: Why did you decide to work with Nancy Taylor Bubes? JC: Well Nancy is great because she is so well connected, and she’s always thinking of different angles that can benefit the sale.The value in using Nancy is that from day one she is cultivating clients that might be right for the property through floor plans and ideas, and even working with me to decide on finishes. It’s a testament to her that all of our projects together have sold in 45 days or less—the last one sold in just 13 days, and she has presold multiple homes during the construction phase. Nancy also stands out in unique ways, setting up events, and giving back to the community. She is known both as a neighbor and a friend to her clients.

Nancy Taylor Bubes, John Cecchi, Kelley Proxmire, Dale Overmyer

DHM: What do you love about the Kalorama neighborhood? JC: The difference between Kalorama and Georgetown is that in Kalorama you get a sense of elegance that you don’t feel in Georgetown. These neighborhoods feature more stately homes built strong as rocks. Kalorama was always considered one of the finest neighborhoods in DC, while Georgetown evolved into that more recently. You truly get a sense of grandeur and peacefulness here—you are tucked away and it’s a wonderful, quiet place to live. DHM: Is selecting an investment property more “art” or “science”? JC: It’s both.You start with the more romantic, artistic side of it, seeing the potential for a property. Then you get down to practicality—if you’re going to make an investment in a home it can’t have too many features that are lacking. With a heavy renovation in an expensive home, you have to see if it can check off all the requirements of the high caliber buyers in this price range. Finally, you always need to crunch the numbers and find out what is reasonable to spend given the market value. DHM: What sets IDI Residential apart from other developers? JC: It goes back to the fact that we don’t just come into a house and say we’re going to repaint, do new finishes, bathrooms, and kitchens… rather, we come in and start from scratch, often revising the entire floor plan. We create the space that people are looking for in today’s age. We are ready to do the real difficult job of gutting a house to suit the modern lifestyle. We also work very closely with our talented architect Dale Overmyer to create good flow in a home. DHM: Do you take a more modern or classical design approach with your projects? JC: Our finishes create a modern-traditional take on things—nothing too old so it looks like a museum, but nothing too modern either. Our palette of finishes is something that everyone loves—it’s a very clean look that buyers can fill with their own designs and decorations. DHM: Do you enjoy working on single-family residences as opposed to multi-unit buildings? JC: I started doing multi-family projects, and I had a really good time working on those properties. The prices are different, you meet more owners—it’s very interesting and enjoyable. But on the other hand, I love doing the homes—there is nothing like taking an older, neglected house and bringing it back to where it once was. DHM: What is your outlook on the real estate market in the District? JC: I am most familiar with the Georgetown and Kalorama markets, and I think they are doing very well. Because of the ways in which the rest of the District is improving and growing, people are attracted to the areas in which I operate. Empty nesters with beautiful homes in Bethesda and McLean want to be closer in and don’t want to deal with the traffic. People are moving into town, and if they are used to their larger homes in the suburbs, they will of course be attracted to

Georgetown and Kalorama properties as opposed to new condos downtown. I am even getting clients from out of town that are not full-time residents because of all the growth going on in the District. Nancy Taylor Bubes | Washington Fine Properties Office 202.386.7813 | Direct 202.256.2164 John Cecchi | IDI Residential Direct 202.445.7645 Kelley Proxmire | Kelley Interior Design Office 301.320.2109 | Fax 301.320.2836 Dale Owen Overmyer, AIA | Overmyer Architects Office 202.333.5596 I SSUE N O. 4 31

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sale, i am frequently called upon to advise my clients regarding renovations. i always recommend approaching them with a very light hand, and certainly with the assistance of a skilled architect who knows and understands the style of the house and the era in which it was built. Preserving our architectural patrimony from every era is a paramount consideration of mine. For those of my readers who are not members of the national Trust for historic Preservation, i would heartily encourage you to support this worthy organization. The Trust has been a great source of inspiration to me and an unfailing guide in providing sound advice to my clients who are planning renovations.

J o h n T. M a h s h i e Senior Vice President TTR sotheby’s international Realty ~ Georgetown Brokerage 1206 30th street, nW, Washington, DC 20007 202.271.3132 Member, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art

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Chevy Chase, DC | $1,180,000 4220 Jenifer st., nW

Logan CirCLe, DC | $1,100,000 1425 rhoDe isLanD ave., nW #12

arLington, va | $1,081,000 3482 n. emerson st.

Updated farmhouse built in 1938 with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, cook’s kitchen, gorgeous solarium/family room addition, skylights & built-ins throughout. 2-car garage + parking for 3 additional cars.

Fabulous 1,700+ square-foot 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in the Willison, boutique mid-rise developed by Abdo in 2002. Wall of windows, sun-filled. Whole Foods next door!

Large custom home on nearly ½ acre. Perfect for entertaining, with expansive living room and country-style dining room. The top-floor master suite overlooks a picturesque yard with stream.

Damian Buckley 202-438-6080 Martha Piesto 240-506-7255

Thais Austin 202-289-2718

Bonnie Casper 301-252-7616

fairfax City, va | $699,900 4837 Patriot Park Ct.

Penn Quarter | $434,900 631 D st., nW #1236

BurLeith | $785,000 3616 s st., nW

Beautifully maintained townhome in model home condition. 3 large bedrooms, 3.5 baths, custom paint, lustrous hardwoods, chef ’s kitchen. Close to historic Fairfax City.

Fabulous, bright 1 bedroom, 1 bath featuring floorto-ceiling windows and huge balcony overlooking courtyard. Wonderful building amenities including rooftop pool, fitness center, clubroom, business center and 24-hour concierge.

Bright, charming townhome boasting large eat-in kitchen, enclosed 3-season porch, deck and fenced yard. 2 bedrooms/1 bath up plus bedroom and bath/family room/office on lower level, 2-car parking.

Aidan Duffy 202-258-1265 Jonathan Karpa 240-888-4067

Pam Ryan-Brye 202-276-6902

Debbie Cohen 202-288-9939

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Beach living

T he p remiere seaside getaways o f D e l aware , M ary l a n d a n d V irgi n ia

Bask in the picturesque charm of the Saint Michaels waterfront. Walk along the tranquil sands of Bethany Beach. Savor the flavors of summer in downtown Rehoboth. The opportunities to relax, unwind, and enjoy all that nature has to offer are endless in these stunning havens just a short drive from our city. Explore some of the nation’s finest beachy retreats for sale today in the following pages. 36 ISSU E N O. 4

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Queenstown Waterfront Offered at: $1,495,000

Waterfront Craftsman Cottage Offered at: $1,295,000

St. Michaels Area Waterfront Offered at: $995,000

Large solid brick home on private lot includes beautiful moldings and details throughout. Owners suite has wood stove and attached den loaded with storage. Custom bar; great for entertaining. Basement, sunroom, wrap around screened porch, pool, deep water pier has multiple slips w/lifts. Loaded with features. Located between Annapolis and Easton.

Near St. Michaels, completely restored and updated 3 bedroom home offers spectacular views at the mouth of the Tred Avon and Choptank rivers. Top of the line kitchen, 1st floor bedroom and bath, custom patio, waterside porch, pier and protected shoreline. Privately located on over 4 acres. Walking distance to community park and public landing.

Charming historic home full of charm and character close to St. Michaels offers 3 bedrooms, 2½ baths dating back to the late 1700's. Recently remodeled kitchen with granite counters, first floor master suite, one bedroom guest house, rear decks, pool and 225' pier with boat lift. Beautiful sunset views.

Waterfront Splendor Offered at: $950,000

Talbot Country Club Waterfront Offered at: $950,000

Easton Waterfront Offered at: $850,000

Pristine 4,000 sq. ft. home features 10' ceilings, gourmet kitchen with granite counters, first floor master suite with luxury bath, three brick fireplaces, waterside family room, media room, recreation room and waterside patio. Room for pool. Nature abounds.

Immaculate Cape Cod close to the Talbot Country Club, Easton and Oxford. This home offers hardwood floors, spacious kitchen with island, waterside sunroom, family room with fireplace, in-ground waterside pool, pier with lift on Trippe Creek and gorgeous sunset views.

Beautiful four bedroom waterfront home loaded with upgrades in golf community offers gourmet kitchen with island, first floor master suite, family room with fireplace, deck & screened gazebo provide wonderful outdoor living. Pier & attached 3 car garage. $10,000 closing cost help for acceptable offer by 5/1/14. Call for details.

Barbara C. Watkins 410.310.2021 cell | 410.822.1415 office Benson & Mangold Real Estate 27999 Oxford Road, Oxford, Maryland 21654

sensational oceanfront home B r and new Listing in Prestigious

Jill Schwartz Bethany Sales Office 302-539-9040

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Blog: Twitter: #GoGreenWithJill,Realtor

21 Pelican’s Way south north Bethany Beach, DelaWare 19930 Lifetime of memories for your family and friends begins now. Enjoy unobstructed private oceanfront views from every room in your new beach home. High-end granite and custom wood gourmet kitchen, large dining room, two-story grand foyer and living room, family room, fitness room, and den/home theater create elegant spaces for listening to the ocean. The third level has a private master suite plus three additional bedrooms with ensuite baths. Amazing enormous fourth level loft redefines privacy complete with family room and two separate living quarters that comfortably sleep 12. Custom builtins, elevator. Outdoor living includes wraparound deck perfect for summertime BBQs, outdoor cabana. All expectations exceeded with upscale amenities on your private beach steps away to the sand. Start your summer of 2014 now and enjoy year-round vacationing in the heart of Bethany Beach. Price Upon Request.

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V I RG I N I A’ S C H E S A P E A K E BAY CO U N T RY Captivating coastal properties are available at the most competitive prices in years, creating a timely opportunity for fulfilling the dreams of a lifetime. Discover beautiful expanses of coastline and deep-water harbors from the Chesapeake Bay to its rivers and protected tidal creeks.

Emily CartEr | 804.436.4949 Jim & Pat Carter Real Estate, Inc. 349 Chesapeake Drive White Stone, VA 22578

91 York Road, Irvington, VA 22480

Glen Roy, c. 1853, Gloucester, VA 23061

261 Waterbury Road, Kilmarnock, VA 22482

On Carters Creek in a quaint coastal town, this striking design is reminiscent of an early seaside resort. Skillfully integrating 2 complementary living areas, it is ideal for inter-generational living. Private pool & pier. $2,750,000

60 acres of farmland, woods & lawns on the Ware River frame this grand, Greek Revival manor house. 7-room guesthouse, 2-bay garage with 2 offices & kitchen, antebellum barn. Pool & pier. $4,750,000

In an intimate community, bounded by Indian Creek & Henry’s Creek, this 3-acre property offers a protected harbor. 4,700 sq. ft. coastal design, detached garage + guest quarters, pool, deep-water pier. $1,695,000

282 Breezy Point, White Stone, VA 22578

Windmill Point, VA 22578

692 Chesapeake Drive, Irvington, VA 22480

Well-sited on a handsomely landscaped parcel, overlooking the deep, quiet waters of Carters Creek, this stunning contemporary with fine architectural details offers a relaxed, graceful design. $1,100,000

This park-like 12-acre Rappahannock River estate with sand beach offers a very private retreat. 4,450 sq. ft. American Craftsman design with 3-bay garage. Guest house + 3-bay garage & large workshop. $1,890,000

With sophisticated elements of fine woodwork, high ceilings, Palladian windows, French doors and floors of wood & stone, this Carters Creek home has the warmth and patina of an early French cottage. $1,250,000

291 Jacks Cove Lane, White Stone, VA 22578

265 Oyster House Road, White Stone, VA 22578

416 Kellum Drive, Weems, VA 22576

On a Carters Creek peninsula, this stucco home features 13 & 14 foot vaulted ceilings, corner stone fireplace and an abundance of glass. Large waterfront deck with pool & cabana, deepwater pier. $1,350,000

On the site of an early oyster house, protected by barrier islands, this spectacular home with broad veranda & screened porch is designed to capture the breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay. $950,000

This 6 ¼ -acre point with 490 feet of Carters Creek shoreline creates a natural, coastal background for every room of this luxury property. Featuring waterside pool and private, deep-water pier. $1,350,000

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Oceanfront like new 4BR custom home with many fine finishes. Open & airy floor plan with spacious master suite & sitting room overlooking the water. Mesmerizing views & direct beach access.

Exquisite, like new 6BR Oceanfront residence with extraordinary finishes & design. Features include elevator & private beach walk in a gated community with access to pool and tennis.




Stunning panoramic views of bay & wildlife plus views of the ocean highlight this luxurious 4BR en-suite waterfront home with elevator, additional family room, ample decks and porches.

Leslie Kopp 302.542.3917

Kiki Hargrove 302.569.2959


Oceanfront 2BR + Den condo w/patio leading to half mile ocean promenade to multiple pools & Beach. Stunningly furnished as 3BDs w/remodeled kitchen & baths, tile floors & carpet. Gold rated rental.

Wayne Lyons 302.858.7347

Despina Kaneles 302.236.2428

The Leslie Kopp Group | Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. | 302.541.5207 | 302.539.9040 x207 33298 South Coastal Highway | Bethany Beach, DE 19930

Photo by Joylyn Hannah Photography; courtesy of Hunt Country Sotheby’s.


country living b u co l ic p ro p erties away f rom the h u st l e a n d b u st l e o f cit y l i f e

Luxuriate in the exquisite scenery of Hunt Country. Tantalize your palette at one of the regions many renowned vineyards. Enjoy a leisurely horseback ride along endless breathtaking trails. The Virginia and Maryland countryside offers idyllic beauty and unbridled recreational opportunity all located within easy reach of our nation’s capital. Experience some of the finest area escapes on the market in the following pages. 42 ISSU E N O. 4

A 464-acre farm 2 mi. to Rte. 66 (1HR DC) in sought after Fauquier County; one-of-a-kind pastoral hill-top setting; dramatic private postcard private valley views of Cobbler Mtns; 4 lots in cons. easement; gorgeous custom residence, pool, poolhouse, guest/tenant cottage, pond. Ideal for horses; cattle, hay, row crops, vineyards. Leeds Manor Hist Dist. $4,950,000 Helen MacMahon


POHICK FARM—DelAPlAne, VA A 160 acre estate in Virginia’s Orange County Hunt. Located on the western slope of Bull Run Mountain between the quaint towns of The Plains and Middleburg, The property is also home to the “white rocks”, an unusual limestone formation that sits near the summit of Signal Mountain, and from which there are commanding scenic western views. The drive winds up a hill where a 2,400 square foot carriage house, built in 2010, is seated. The house and porch have panoramic views of the pond and sunset with the Blue Ridge mountains in the distance. $1,950,000 Helen MacMahon


sIgnAl MOuntAIn—tHe PlAIns, VA

A truly fine estate offering a unique way of life with privacy, great natural beauty and stunning views. 86+ acres, mostly open and fenced and cross-fenced with 2 spring fed ponds. The home is bound by lovely perennial gardens, stone walkways, terraces, custom built pergola, and gas heated saltwater pool with lights, and fountain. The main house is stone construction and built in a traditional style combining the elegance of an older home and extensive modern amenities. $4,900,000 Paul MacMahon



Classic 1880’s Virginia farmhouse at the end of a long driveway—lovely setting—large private 1st floor master suite. 2 bedrooms on 2nd floor. Unusual opportunity with 2 additional rental houses & large stable & storage building. Fencing for horses & cattle—property is protected by VOF conservation easement—Tear down the small cottage & build a new main house—Lots of options with 110 acres. $1,325,000 Helen MacMahon


PAge bROOK—bOyCe, VA

Helen MacMahon | Sheridan MacMahon Realtors, Ltd. Physical Address: 110 East Washington St, Middleburg, VA 20117 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1380, Middleburg, Virginia 20118 540 454 1930 c | 540 687 5588 o

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c.1845 listed on National Register of Historic Places. Exquisite stone and stucco Greek Revival country estate surrounded by beautiful gardens on 98 acres, Grand entrance foyer opening into double drawing room, Pool with 2 Bedroom Pool Houses 2 Bedroom Guest Cottage, Magnificent views. FQ8013532 | $2,900,000 ASHLEIGH

This charming historic residence, built in 1815, extensively updated in 2004 and 2013, is in a private country setting in the heart of horse country. It has a pond surrounded by horse pastures, a tree-lined driveway, and mature gardens. The house, tastefully decorated in neutral tones, blends the warmth and charm of an antique home with every modern amenity. LO8102259 | $1,295,000 BERRY HILL

Spectacular views. Lovely, custom home built in 2005 with old world, quality finishes. Fabulous entertaining house with gourmet kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 4½ baths, finished walk out basement with tv viewing area, work out room and craft center. Swimming pool, stable and detached garage. 90 acres of pasture and woods in two parcels. First time offered, new to market. FQ8044155 | $3,000,000 HATHAWAY

Circa 1770, Lovely Stone and Stucco Farmhouse sits at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 20+ acres surrounded by Protected Lands, Incredible Views, Meticulous exterior renovations include newly Re-Pointed Stonework, Metal Roof, 2 Large Additions, Covered Porch, Basement, Buried Electric, Well and Septic, Fully Fenced, Mature Trees, Boxwoods, Ready for all your interior finishes. FQ8194099 | $1,950,000 LIBERTY HALL

Thomas & Talbot Real Estate No. 2 South Madison Street, Middleburg, VA 20118 540-687-6500 |

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Beautiful all brick custom built home just North of Middleburg on 12 private acres in unparalleled tranquil setting. Main level Master with fireplace, Luxury Bath, Formal Living Room & Formal Dining Room, 2 story Great Room, Library, 2nd Master Suite & 2 Guest Bedrooms up, full basement with room for In-Law Suite, Game Room & Workout Room. Rear 1200 sq ft brick terrace overlooks stunning pool. Mature landscaping, gardens & attached 3 car garage. LO8032493 | $995,000 HICKORY GROVE

Spectacular custom built home on 50 acres with gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain views. Home has a European country feel with traditional Virginia details. Stucco, 3 Fireplaces, metal roof and flagstone porches. Open floor plan includes Main Floor Master Bedroom, Den, LR, Chef ’s Kitchen, Sunroom, 3 bedrooms on 2nd level and full walk-out basement designed for Recreation Room & more. Heated pool, two-car garage with one bedroom apartment above. NEW MLS to Come | $2,799,000 HIGHFIELDS

Overlooking a serene pond, this magnificent European style manor home is on 115 acres surrounded by thousands of protected acres and the Bull Run Mountains. Custom built in 2001 using Olde World craftsmanship and materials this stunning home offers five bedrooms, 6 baths, 10' ceilings, wide plank flooring, pool and geo thermal heating and cooling. FQ8061884 | $2,395,000 WHITE ROCK

Magnificent country retreat on 30 acres with incredible privacy & beautiful views. The c.1850 manor home has been graciously expanded into a 7 bedroom home with separate entertaining venue & two-story office w/T-1 capability. Pool, tennis court, gardens, greenhouse, 5 car garage. FQ 8173214 | $3,495,000 WINDRUSH

Thomas & Talbot Real Estate No. 2 South Madison Street, Middleburg, VA 20118 540-687-6500 |

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Phillip Thomas Celebrating 50 years in real estate and the preservation of land and historic properties in Hunt Country Phil Thomas and his agents have invested much time and energy into the preservation of the countryside and the cultivation of longterm relationships with homeowners and homebuyers here. And Phil is proud of the fact that, over the years, his firm has bought and sold nearly every notable property in the area—many of them more than once. He’s also been instrumental in the protection of land. Phil worked hand-in-hand with the early champions of land preservation like Eve Fout, the Honorable Bruce Sundlun, James Rowley, George Horkan, Esq., the Honorable Charles Whitehouse and William Backer, among others. A bill was passed in Congress in the 70’s establishing a state’s ability to create and hold easements. These efforts helped establish organizations like the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Goose Creek Association. “My father, Reed Thomas, assembled many small parcels of land over many years around Paris, Virginia. He loved the land and it gave me enormous pleasure to fulfill his dream and convey the 1,250 acres of Ovoka Farm to the Piedmont Environmental Council for permanent conservation.” This resulted in Phil being the recipient of the Piedmont Environmental Council’s Land Conservation Award in 2001. hil Thomas sits in his beautifully appointed office surrounded by shelves of wonderful mementos and memorabilia collected through the fifty years of success his company has realized in the real estate business. “Each object,” he says, “has meaning for me. Each has a story and is part of my history.” There’s even an original, framed contract that hangs just outside his door, with the signatures of John and Jacqueline Kennedy.


When asked what he thinks about the real estate market today, he smiles and says, “I’ve seen a number of recessions in my fifty years in business. It goes up and it goes down. And by the way, as the market starts to move again with these low interest rates, there’s never been a better time to buy or sell in Hunt Country.You see, real estate in this neck of the woods is unlike any in the D.C. area. You aren’t just buying a home, you are buying into a unique landscape and a special way of life. This real estate tends to retain its value because it offers so much more than a house.” 46 ISSU E N O. 4

Phil was raised in the Middleburg area. Fifth generation. In the late 1950’s, after prep school, college and the Marine Corps, his first job was pulling a surveyor’s chain across a huge cleared field that today is Dulles Airport. A general contractor that had a quarry nearby approached him one day with knowledge that Phil had recently gotten his real estate license. He asked Phil if he would initiate the purchase of some very rocky land near the airport site to be quarried and turned into gravel for the miles of runways that were about to be laid down. Phil’s response was, “Sure, no problem.” Phil also had no problem cashing that commission check for $14,000. Especially when, at the time, his surveyor’s salary was only $8,500. Phil reflects on those times and laughs. “Real estate looked pretty good to me, even though my first year of business was conducted either in my car or in my hat.” He goes on to say, “It wasn’t long before I started hanging out with a real estate guy located in Middleburg, named John Talbot. We’d meet up at the Coach Stop restaurant, which was the local social hub in Middleburg at the time.

I’d sit across from John and sponge up everything I could about real estate. One day, slightly annoyed, John Talbot told me, as I scanned his big pile of papers on the table, ‘Hey, Phil, you see that guy across the street, headed towards the Red Fox? His name is Raymond Bates and he’s looking to buy a weekend house in the country. Get out there. He’s your client. Go find him something.” With that, Phil headed up the street. He introduced himself and told Bates that Talbot had referred him. It turned out that Bates didn’t just want to buy a house, he actually wanted to buy several properties for a new business venture with James Abrams of Allen & company of New York. He had significant stock in a new pharmaceutical that had just been approved by the FDA, and he wanted to buy as many properties as he could, to fix up and resell. So within six weeks, Phil had him under contract on five area estates. Grateful for the contact, Phil approached a then dismayed John Talbot about formalizing their relationship. They were highly competitive with each other, back when land was going for three to five hundred dollars an acre, and joining forces made good sense. They cut a deal and opened Thomas & Talbot Real Estate together in 1967. When Talbot moved on in 1979, it became Phil’s company, as he already owned the building. Today, Phil reminisces. “In the early days, it was the era of the grandes dames of Hunt Country—Theo Randolph, Dorothy Jackson, Alice Mills, Mrs. Iselin, Mrs. Furness and others. I love all the characters of yesterday in this part of the world. You know, my father was a Master of Foxhounds in the 20’s and 30’s. Fox hunting was, and continues to be, an important part of this culture. The fox hunters of yesterday were actually the forerunners to today’s conservationists. It was vital to the fox hunting community to

maintain large unspoiled tracts of land for fox hunting. Families such as the Phipps, the Warburgs, the Harrimans, the Guests and the like had the wherewithal to protect and promote Hunt Country. It’s all about this glorious landscape. “It’s why we love where we live.” Phil Thomas’ approach to buying and selling over the years hinges on the ethical and the practical. He insists, “I’m not going to tell a seller just anything they want to hear to get a listing. We’re going to establish a realistic price they can get today or we’re just wasting each other’s time. Same kind of approach goes for buyers, as well. A buyer needs to have a budget that’s realistic to what they’re looking for. I’m not going to try and upsell them on something that’s out of their range. I certainly wouldn’t be in business fifty years operating like that.” When Phil reflects on where things are today, he has this to say, “Many who settle in this community have no idea what it has taken to preserve it. We take it upon ourselves, here at Thomas & Talbot, to give everyone a little background, and encourage those who buy property here to continue the effort, to protect open land and this place that is so treasured.” Phil is proud of his years in the real estate business here in Virginia’s Hunt Country. He has dealt with industry leaders, politicians, football players, new money, old money and just plain hard-working people who have earned a piece of this spectacular landscape. “I work for fun,” he says emphatically. He loves his life here and values the great relationships he has maintained. Phil’s quite serious when he says, “It’s actually taken fifty years to assemble my team of twenty agents, all of whom are recognized as among the best in the business. They share my ideals and love for this landscape and community. Maybe that’s why we’ve established “a sales record of historic proportion.”

Photo by Janet Hitchen.


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A Picturesque journey Back Harpers Ferry, WV If you’re looking for an outdoor escape, located just an hour outside of DC, Harpers Ferry is the perfect place for your next day trip. With options ranging from hiking, to white water rafting, and historical tours, you’re sure to find something for everyone. tart your day off with a hike or bike on the C&O Canal Towpath. It’s a great way to see the National Historical Park, and get some quiet time in. Not into the fitness aspect? Check out Art Shack, Baby! for fun, interactive crafting, art classes, and personal studio time. Simply choose a project, and channel your inner-artist.


When it comes time for lunch, you won’t want to miss out on Grandale Farm Restaurant.The restaurant is located within the 120 acres of the 868 Estate Vineyards. Here, you can take in the vast

vineyard landscapes while enjoying local, seasonal dishes that truly embrace the farm-to-table phenomenon. Walk around the grounds to take in the view, and you won’t believe you’re so close to DC. After lunch, you’re going to want to hit the white water rapids at the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center. If you’re looking for something more calming, try tubing down the river on flat water, or fishing. Also choose from a variety of activities off the water, such as zip lining and off-road segway tours. Once you’ve gotten your fair share of nature, unwind over a meal at Market Table Bistro. The menu changes often, depending on the season and weather, so you know you’re getting the freshest of the day. Plus, the warm, friendly atmosphere will make you feel right at home. After a long day of adventure, head to the Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast, located in the heart of Harpers Ferry. Sit by the fireplace with a glass of wine, or read a good book in the courtyard as you listen to the trickling waterfall. Then, enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the morning before heading back to the city. Pictured below: Harpers Ferry Adventure Center.

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