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Winter white issue Nestor Santa-Cruz Chimes In and Helps Choose Gifts for the Home plus DHM Holiday Gift Guide

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2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20007 - Tel : 202-248-3112

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previews Nationally we handle an average of 86.1 million in luxury sales every day. 31 Billion in sales volume w/average sales price of 1.93 million.* *Data

based on closed and recorded transaction sides of homes sold for $1 million or more as reported by the U.S. Coldwell Banker franchise system for the calendar year 2012. USD$

2320-2330 S Street NW Washington, DC 20008 Offered at $22,000,000


Two landmark buildings, plus a garage/former chauffeur’s residence perfectly sited on 34,000+ sf lot, spanning from S Street to Decatur Place. Nearly 27,000 sf total interior space. Formal, very private gardens, sweeping lawn & views. Zoned R-1-B/D. Presented by Sylvia Bergstrom, Marin Hagen and Joseph Zorc / 202-262-3730 / 202-257-2339 / 301-351-5274

1333 Euclid St., NW PH-2 Washington, DC 20009 Offered at $942,000

Columbia Heights

This dazzling, best in the neighborhood, architecturally stunning penthouse with 2000 square feet of living space on two levels is a condominium but lives like a house. Features: 3 spacious bedrooms, 3.5 baths, Brazilian cherry floors, Viking and Bosch appliances, expansive master suite with incredible bath complete with freestanding Ariel jetted tub, skylit den with wet bar, Lenox velocity Euro-style gas fireplace, whole house audio and intercom system, a private 700+ sq. ft. roof deck, and 2 gated parking spaces! Presented by Bryce Rowland / / 202-302-0437

1715 15th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Offered at $1,195,000

Dupont Circle

A former CHAPEL in Washington’s oldest parish school! This is an amazing 3-level 2BR 2BA w/jaw-dropping 30ft vaulted ceilings, leaded stain glass windows, marble wainscoting, 45ft apse niche, open LR, a very ubercool kitchen, MBR Suite with fabulous new SPA & Integrated Wireless Sound System. Parking. Walk to shopping, entertainment and transportation. Presented by Michael Schaeffer and Claudine Chetrit 202-491-5910 and 202-277-2814



Capitol Hill

202-387-6180 Kevin McDuffie Managing Broker

202-333-6100 Rick Hoffman Managing Broker

202-547-3525 Don Denton Managing Broker

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Chevy Chase, Maryland—$1,589,000 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

Cleveland Park, Washington, DC—$1,499,999 Chevy Chase Uptown Office 202-364-1300

Berkley, Washington, DC—$4,500,000 Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

Bethesda, Maryland—$1,295,000 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

Bethesda, Maryland—$4,495,000 Friendship Heights Office 202-364-5200

Arlington, Virginia—$1,675,000 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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Contents DHM Exclusive Listings

Publisher’s Letter

Coldwell Banker Previews. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 The Mandy & David Team, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. . . . . . . . . 8-9 Marjorie Dick Stuart, W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11

“‘Tis the Season”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Design in the District Ligne Roset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Maxalto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Merritt Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Poliform. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 FLOS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Arc Linea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 National Capital Kitchens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Cady’s Alley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Winter White Gift Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48-49 IMI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

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DHM Real Estate Experts The Williams-Addison House, Capital City Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15 The Province, Capital City Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 John Eric, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Marc Fleisher, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23 Ron Mangas, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. . . . . . . . . . 24-25 The Fulcrum Group, Keller Williams Capital Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Fouad Talout, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29 Marco Stilli, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Donna Evers, Evers and Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Suzanne DesMarais, Keller Williams Capital Properties . . . . . . . . . . 34-35 Cheryl Carte, Hunt Country Sotheby’s International Realty. . . . . 39 John Mentis, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47




FEATURES Escape the District

Cover Property

Districts in the District

Bill Cullin, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Dorothy Hammond, O’Brien Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Barbara Stellway, O’Brien Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Day Weitzman, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. . . . . . . . . 54 Georgie Berkinshaw, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. . . . . . . . . 55 “Charleston Highlights,” Carriage Properties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Tom and Deb Crouch, Benson & Mangold Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 John Dunnan, Handsome Properties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Marc Fleisher of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. shows us around a beautiful Bethesda manor, nestled in the Edgemoor community.. . . . . . 22-23

We take on Brookland in this issue, a quiet suburb to the north that’s recently been generating a lot of buzz. “Brookland: A Warm Welcome”. . . . . . . . . 42 - 43 “Inside Perspective: A Tour of Brookland with the Menkiti Group”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 The Menkiti Group, Keller Williams Capital Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Weekend Getaways “The City: A Small Slice of the Big Apple”. . 36-37

Giving Back Noche de Pasión. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Holiday Gift Guide

DHM Design Trends

Our dear friend Nestor Santa-Cruz offers up suggestions for design gifts this holiday season. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 DHM Holiday Picks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Bountiful Blues in 2014. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-51

Up & Coming Thomson & Cooke Architects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 DHM Media Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

High Living Lifestyle BMW of Fairfax. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

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Capital City Real Estate 202.618.4530 | Stages Premier Realtors 202.449.8657 | 1515 14th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington DC

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E x c e p t i o n a l and Timeless The Williams-Addison House

S The Williams-Addison House 1645 31st Street NW Washington, DC 20007 Price Upon Request. Private showing appointments now available.

eldom can we hold the antinomy of past and present together in an elegant fashion; when we do navigate that landscape properly, we arrive at pure exquisiteness. A challenge that comes with touching up one of the area’s few remaining nineteenth-century large estates lies in maintaining that very identity which makes it so unique. From the foyer to the study, from the sunroom to the grounds, each space requires the utmost attention to detail, in both restorative and entertaining efforts. As one walks through each room, intriguing features are revealed effortlessly. Each room exists not as a void, but as an unturned moment, brimming with potential. Replete with 10,000 square feet of completely impressionable space, the house is meant to both properly host and humbly impress guests with a quietly handsome appeal. By maintaining elements of yore and introducing the days to come, the property guarantees a special sort of longevity, additionally engrained in the history and location.

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Publisher’s Letter

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” — Dr. Seuss

‘Tis the Season ith the holidays in full swing now, the thought of gifting surges back to the front of minds across the area. No one can deny the importance of charity, but remember, money isn’t our lone resource. Time and laughter stand as shining examples of the human element of giving. Even though time becomes a precious resource during the holiday season, you can always find a way to brighten another life by slowing down and taking the time to listen.


Despite the economic downturn of the past decade or so, the District has stayed more than afloat. Business across the city has continued to boom; in a way, we live in a bubble that largely failed to pop when the going got rough. Fortune and opportunity both smile upon Washingtonians, and with this, we have a duty to bring equal joy and happiness to others. We each have something to be thankful for, from good health to good company; we must continue to pay it forward. If you find your passion in helping animals, reading to children, or any of the other innumerable opportunities across the area, we invite you to follow up and make some time to help someone in need over the holidays. In the end, our responsibilities lie outside of ourselves. Gifts can be as brief as a smile to a stranger; no matter how you want to give this season, make sure to put warmth in another person’s heart. Thank you. We hope you enjoy the magazine!

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his completely custom-built breathtaking home, built by acclaimed Sandy Spring Builders and designed by nationally recognized Barry Dickson, is representative of the finest quality workmanship and finishes that can be found today. An extraordinary and dramatic two story foyer introduces a sensational floor plan featuring custom milled library with two-sided professional aquarium, unparalleled gourmet kitchen with adjoining and stunning great room with full service bar, formal living and dining rooms and a large entertaining loggia. The upper and lower levels also boast 5 deluxe bedroom suites including an exquisite master suite with private deck as well as stunning recreation/ game room, contemporary theater, professional wine cellar, additional full service lower level bar and large exercise room. Unsurpassed in its presentation and design, this incredible home on a private 18,000 sq. ft. lot is ideally sited in the heart of the sought after Edgemoor community with its proximity to the plethora of restaurants, movie theaters and shopping that is the personality and benefit of vibrant downtown Bethesda. Offered at $4,495,000

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Highlighted Homes Coming in 2014: • Exciting new modern listings, including one of Hugh Newell Jacobsen’s earliest works in Bethesda, MD. • Our website will now offer full screen, high resolution property images, a fresh minimal design, and a more user-friendly mobile platform.

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S t i l l i ’s T e a m F e a t u r e d L i s t i n g s

3802 Chelsea Ct, Alexandria, VA 22304 Price Upon Request Colonial proper ty featuring five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms offers great indoor and outdoor entreating spaces. It was completely renovated in 2008 with generous use of technology and top quality materials.

4437 KLINGLE ST NW, WDC 20016 Offered for $1,545,000 Welcome to this Colonial proper ty featuring 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 2 powder rooms and a remodeled flag stone backyard with a swimming pool, in one of the most desirable and exclusive neighborhoods of the Capital City: Wesley Heights.

2022 Columbia Rd NW, Unit 412, WDC 20009 Offered for $565,000 Private Exclusive: Welcome to this 2 bedrooms well designed floor plan of this front facing unit at the Wyoming Condominium in the heart of Kalorama.

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Beatriz Merchan, DC licensed Realtor Mobile: 202.345.9650 Andrea Stilli, DC licensed Realtor Mobile: 202.674.7976

S elling the area’s finest properties

Island Ford Farm

Spacious & Versatile

Warren County, Virginia. Only 1.5 hours from Washington, this spectacular property with 244+ acres and 1.4 miles of Shenandoah River frontage offers cross fenced fields, four houses, a seven stall barn and numerous outbuildings, all in the historic Blue Ridge Hunt. $4,300,000 Barbara Powell - 540-554-8600/ 540-554-2299

Colonial Village. This dramatic colonial backing to Rock Creek Park offers a two-story entry hall, large family room, dining room, kitchen and game room, 5 bedrooms and 4 full and 2 half baths, as well as a complete lower level in-law apartment. $1,499,000 Lee Goldstein - 202-744-8060 Dina Paxenos - 20-256-1624/ 202-464-8400

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Town of Chevy Chase. This glamorous new home by PKK Builders is situated ona 20,000+ sf lot and offers incredible space, gorgeous designer kitchen/ family room, fine finishes througout, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths including dream MBR suite and an attached 2-car garage. $3,500,000 Eric Murtagh - 301-652-8971 Karen Kuchins - 301-275-2255/ 301-656-1800

Chevy Chase, D.C. A brilliant design with fabulous open floor plan with living room, dining area, 5-star designer kitchen and family room opening to sleek deck and beautiful garden; 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths; four floors of living space. $1,695,000 Laura McCaffrey - 301-641-4456/ 202-364-1700

We are the District’s Kitchen Experts Like you, we love living and working right here in the District. That’s why we specialize in designing and remodeling kitchens in the historic homes of DC.

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Up & Coming

Thomson & Cooke Architects After navigating the industry as a young architect, Neal Thomson decided to begin a boutique architectural firm with another industry figure. After more than a decade of collaboration with Patrick Cooke, Thomson & Cooke Architects has emerged on the scene, ready to cater to a Washington landscape that craves redesigned spaces and fresh buildings. Neal Thomson talked to us about his path to the helm of his own firm and the excitement of “being on the come up.” District Home Magazine: What’s it like to head your own firm now? How does that compare to past experiences? Thomson & Cooke Architects: Last year was a really exciting year. We decided to take the leap and start Thomson & Cooke Architects, fulfilling a long-time goal for both of us. As owners, we feel a greater responsibility to our clients as trusted advisors and we’re personally invested in the success of each of our projects in a way we never were before. We’ve always worked for full service architecture firms—those that provide feasibility and concept design through construction documents, interiors and move-in. It is important to us that our own firm offers that same level of service. It helps

us maintain our design standards and allows us to remain involved from start to finish. DHM:What are the benefits of working with a boutique firm, from a client’s perspective? TCA: For us, as a newer firm we bring a lot of energy and spirit to our projects, and it’s important that we’re accessible to our clients. We prefer the small scale of our office so that we can both be directly involved day to day in the project work. That provides our clients with a lot of comfort and trust. We emphasize quality and craftsmanship and create custom designs for each of our clients. Getting the clients involved in our process is critical in our design development; we don’t dust off old drawings and reuse

them, rather we take the time to listen to our clients’ needs and design a home that works for them. DHM:What are some upcoming projects for Thomson & Cooke Architects? TCA: We have a broad portfolio of work on the boards both geographically, from Capitol Hill to Arlington to Chevy Chase, and project type, from interior renovations to new homes and to historic condo conversions. The mix is what excites us and keeps us on our toes. A few projects on the boards include a new house under design with an incredible team in the Palisades neighborhood of DC and a historic restoration in Chevy Chase, MD. DHM:What are some of the fun projects you’ve done since starting the firm? TCA: We’ve worked with a developer to design three new homes in Arlington that are now under construction. This was new for us. We had never designed on spec before and found the process exciting for different reasons than our client-focused work. In Chevy Chase, MD we designed renovations for three families who are neighbors. It was fun to get to know the families and the proximity made scheduling meetings easy! I SSUE N O. 8 33

Whether your style is modern loft or historic elegance, we are specialists in the range of possibility. Led by Top 50 (out of over 80,000 associates worldwide) Keller Williams Associate Broker Suzanne Des Marais, 10 Square Team provides real estate services to clients selling or buying in the District of Columbia and inside the Beltway. 10 Square Team also represents quality urban developers.

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Look all you want, but you won’t find a city with more opportunities for sheer joy. Given all of the iconic chances for laughter and smiles, New York extends a well-intentioned reception to the entire world, inviting everyone to come and play. Of course, crowds don’t supply the perfect fit, and luckily the city sits chock-full of boutique family experiences.



In the spirit of the season, start off the day with a nostalgic cup of hot chocolate from Le Churro; the kids get their fill of rich cocoa while you prepare for the day with a dose of espresso. With the rest of the day ahead, the family can head over to the Art of the Brick exhibit at Times Square; for a reasonable price, the group can view some of the world’s most elaborate and famed LEGO® art. While it deviates from the theme of intimacy, it serves as guaranteed fun, for children and adults alike. After such an engaging activity, lunch looms in the horizon; no matter which borough you choose, the city has nearly limitless dining options. Sergimmo Salumeria Photo courtesy of JongHeon Martin Kim.

A Small Slice Of The Big Apple

inding an appropriate hotel for the family can prove difficult, especially in one of the world’s most popular cities. Scattered across the concrete kingdom, you find quite a few boutique hotels that extend the same quality service of a chain, yet retain a clear element of personality and satisfaction. As soon as you set your luggage down in traveler favorites like the Casablanca Hotel and the Library Hotel, you immediately feel at home. Both venues come furnished with places to eat, assuring that the children are never too far away from food.

Photo courtesy of JongHeon Martin Kim.

of Hell’s Kitchen holds as a favorite, and with their wide selection of doughy delights, it’s difficult to argue with. Both the venue and menu are perfect for kids, with options and distractions that are sure to induce the obligatory post-lunch nap. Just over the bridge in trendy Williamsburg, Juniper offers up one of the city’s best burgers, as well as a slew of down-home favorite like sweet potato fries and baked mac and cheese. Operating on a full stomach, it’s time to find some more activities. The Children’s Museum of the Arts, quietly nestled in South Village, provides the rare opportunity for parents to relax and let the kids roam freely. The museum features pieces done by children, and even gives a space for kids to create new artwork (an added perk comes with not needing to clean up). If the Museum Mile proves too daunting for the family, you can seek out entertainment elsewhere in some of the smaller museums, like the Museum of Math, the American Folk Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum. After a day of exploring the city, make sure to enjoy a wonderful dinner at Forgetmenot, an American eatery situated near the tip of the island. They serve up exquisite bruschetta and they know their way around a panini; their venue merits a try. If traditional Italian piques your interests, give Luzzo’s a try. Their authentic selections include a diverse array of pasta and pizza selections, enough to sate refined palates, yet still friendly enough to make any child smile. No matter where dinner is served, make sure to smile fully in the presence of your loved ones, to savor every morsel of the city. Story by Fahad Abdul

Opposite Page: Beaux-Arts Court of the Brooklyn Museum; This Page Top to Bottom: Brooklyn Museum Lobby, Library Hotel Exterior, Library Hotel guest room..

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The Ties that Bind

Photos courtesy of Tyler Barrios.

Waterford & Phillips Farm

39715 Old Wheatland Road, Waterford, Virginia ~ $1,599,900

Visitors to Waterford often admire the scenes of meandering creek, broad floodplain & green hills to the west of the village. Less often appreciated are the many historic ties between the farm & village, strong links forged over some 275 years of shared peril and prosperity. These bonds between Waterford & the Phillips Farm typify the once-common interdependence of thousands of early American farms & villages. Elsewhere growth & progress have destroyed the old ties. Here, for now, they can still be seen & felt. Here lies the Thomas Phillips Farm in historic Waterford; 74.11 acres overlooking open rolling hills adjacent to Waterford Foundation Parklands, Waterford Historic Village & Catoctin Creek; offering a Quaker built stone bank barn; corn crib; pond; several outbuildings; circa 1700 stone house; a quaint cottage & the Victorian main house all with original floors & windows waiting for your special renovation. 3 divisions are permitted on this conservation easement property.

Cheryl Carte, Founding Agent Hunt Country Sotheby’s International Realty 540.336.7539 I SSUE N O. 8 39

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Unit 504 Offered at $849,900 See the tour at

Unit 617 Offered at $614,900 See the tour at


he Henlopen Condominium offers an oceanfront location that is close to everything but apart from it all, too. Come home to the relaxing comfort of your condo after a day of exploring the many delights of Rehoboth Beach. These spacious two bedroom condominiums feature three private balconies, large living room area and dining room, washer and dryer, two full baths and master bedroom suite. The security-controlled building allows access to our indoor parking, private entrance to the beach and elevator to our rooftop sundeck pool. Step out from your private condo entrance and spend the day on Rehoboth’s famous white sand beach. Stroll the boardwalk with its oceanfront shops and amusements on your way to wonderful downtown restaurants and boutiques. Enjoy golf, sailing, tennis and charter boat fishing located nearby.

Unit 714 Offered at $659,900 See the tour at

Unit 820 Offered at $699,900 See the tour at

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc 37156 Rehoboth Avenue Ext Suite 5 Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971

Bill Cullin direct 302.841.7147 office 302.227.2541 x117

Tom McCandless office 302.226.2919

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A Warm Welcome

Stories of integrating, fusing, and inviting change fill the pages of the Brookland history book. Since the middle of the 20th century, the area has made incredible strides to generate one of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods. We spoke to the leading real estate agent in Brookland, Kymber Lovett-Menkiti, who has been based in the neighborhood since 2005. She provided insight to the neighborhood they’ve been calling home for quite some time now. » »

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Opposite Page: Pizza-in-progress at Menomalé; Tasty offerings from Little Ricky’s. This Page, clockwise: A featured work from Art Enables; Adult Modern Dance Class at Dance Place.

The vivid authenticity of Menomalé, a gourmet pizza venue equipped with a full list of top beers and wines, invites residents in and supplies them with a fresh experience. The neighborhood will also see the addition of several new restaurants: Busboys and Poets, &Pizza, Brookland’s Finest Bar and Kitchen (by the owners of the Pug), Steel Plate (owners of Rustik), as well as new restaurants by the owners of Meridian Pint and the owners of Smith Common on H ST. While the community offers a full plate of delectable eateries, it gets in touch with aesthetics with two niche art galleries. Wohlfarth Galleries, a two-decade remnant of the area’s history, specializes in the American Impressionist tradition. Further down the way, Art Enables provides individuals with mental disabilities the opportunity to express themselves through art; they both display and sell the artwork, mediating what becomes a valuable relationship between patrons and these impeccable artists. Also, venues like Dance Place, the Edgewood Arts Center, and the renowned arts walk at Monroe St. Market all make artistic expression a little more public than usual. In recent months, the neighborhood has witnessed the trending of “yarn bombers”—artists who have taken on the task of adorning public objects with decorative knit-ware. This gives residents a chance to express themselves and learn more about each other, as well as the neighborhood.

Brookland’s streets seem lined with memoirs and recollections. Often one will hear the phrase “Historic Brookland” thrown around, and without peering around the neighborhood, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Houses of the likes of Robert C. Weaver and Ralph Bunche, as well as many other American heroes, dot the area’s layout; a plethora of Catholic institutions, of which reached their peak in the 1940’s, add to this preservation of history. How the neighborhood manages the relationship between thriving business, settled suburbia, and rich history, will always serve as a testament to the wonderful chemistry present in the heart of Brookland. Story by Fahad Abdul Photo courtesy of Arianna Christensen


ver the past few years, development has sat on the horizon. With quaint restaurants like Little Ricky’s, a self-dubbed “American paladar” that serves up fresh Cuban cuisine, it’s no wonder why Brookland has begun to surge as a real estate market.

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A Tour of Brookland with the Menkiti Group


The Menkiti Group has had the top sales in Brookland since 2007, and has seen the neighborhood flourish in that time. Their presence and ties to the community are visible; their commitment and comprehensive knowledge of the area makes them the premier group when considering owning in Brookland.

Perspective ike any major city, DC splits up into a plethora of neighborhoods and sects, each with a distinct identity. The Brookland neighborhood, which sits in the northeastern corridor of the limits, exudes a unique appeal that has gained quite a bit traction over the past decade. A quick tour of Brookland with the Menkiti Group provides some insight into how the neighborhood has recently developed and why it is now attracting so many residents from across the city.


For starters, there have been an influx of major real estate developments—Chancellor’s Row, 901 Monroe, Monroe St. Market, Rhode Island Row, to name a few. Even though this has mostly happened in the past few years, it has led to a lot of new residents and young families moving in. With the fresh additions of restaurants and retail, seemingly popping up every week, the neighborhood’s growing population has anchors for years to come. Brookland also offers up visual and mental relief. Downtown, chock full of massive concrete buildings and people rushing from corner to corner, can become overwhelming after a certain point. Brookland

shines because it allows convenient transportation to downtown; it also stands out because of its tree-lined streets, relatively large homes with spacious, rolling yards and its diverse array of architectural stylings, from bungalows and Victorians,Tudor- and farm-style houses to modern architecture and even a round house. With all of the recent developments, the neighborhood has seen 18.98% appreciation year to date over last year’s average sales price according to a recent report by RBI (Real Estate Business Intelligence). The neighborhood still offers an attractive price point with most homes selling between 500k-750k. As the new restaurants, shops and amenities open up, the Menkiti Group has found that more and more home buyers and investors from across the city and the surrounding suburbs are focusing in on Brookland for their home search. What Kymber Lovett-Menkiti finds most special about Brookland is the strong sense of community, as shown by the neighborhood monthly happy hours, an outdoor summer movie series, countless kids’ playgroups, an esteemed garden club and civic association and so much more. Story by Fahad Abdul

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1614 Kirby Road $2,975,000

This magnificent, custom, contemporary take on French country located in McLean was recently featured as Channel 7 WJLA’s “Home of Distinction.” At just over 9200 finished sq. ft., this home offers 6 bedrooms (masters on both the main and upper levels) and 7.5 baths. Situated on over half an acre, the driveway is on Cottonwood and the three-car garage home is gently screened from Kirby Rd. by trees and shrubs. Districted for Chesterbrook/Longfellow/McLean schools. Spectacular finishes, main and catering kitchens, 100" television and projector, and built-in Savant system make this home a rare find.

John Mentis, Realtor Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Arlington, VA Christie’s International Exclusive Affiliate Office 703-522-0500 / Cell 202-549-0081 I SSUE N O. 8 47


whites with Nestor Santa-Cruz Selecting gifts can prove tiring for some, or tremendously enjoyable for others. As an interior designer, I often have to like it even more than the person receiving it. It comes down to “reference and themes,” and I use a certain design discipline to achieve gift giving success. In the end, what makes the process worth it for me is the anticipation of the joy it will bring to my friends and family; each time I select a gift, I see myself creating another design story.

Louis Poulsen Glass Artichoke Chandelier Furniture from Scandinavia Price upon request

Venini Vase Contemporaria Price: $2340

Giving gifts to ourselves is a luxury; however, buying for the home can become a very personal dilemma. I decided to go virtual shopping around the District and generate for myself an imaginary “home vignette” with the coveted finds. In these searches, I always look for the unexpected, and the “theme” becomes the key. Red, green, silver and gold are the classic tones of the season. But having spent a week in early November in Madrid, I found the city unexpectedly warm and full of light—it was so inspiring. The theme was found, and I decided to base all of my selections on winter whites. Here are my most coveted decor pieces for the vignette I wish to propose. From light grey to ivory and off-whites, to stark gesso-white and textured creams and beyond, these pieces bring a little luminous warmth inside for the cold winter holidays. Be inspired…

Vintage telephone side table by Karl Springer, 1989 Darrell Dean Antiques Price: $3400

By Nestor Santa-Cruz Gatto Table Lamp Design Within Reach Price: $575

Trellis Bath Rug Waterworks, Price: $365 48 ISSU E N O. 8

Arcade Bowl by Thomas Pheasent Baker, Price: $1019


Picks DHM’s Guide to Holiday Giving

Cozy Elegance Odin Room and Board Price: $6297

Classical Symmetry Joker Maxalto Price: $240

Sleeping on Clouds Call of the Wild Ceramic Taxidermy Theodores Price upon request

Tibetan Sheepskin Pillow Room and Board Price: $99

Light…Rethought Lampe Piani Ligne Roset Price: $319

Throne for the Home Fleur de Pearls Michelangelo Price upon request

Bountiful Blues

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in 2014


have already seen some of the 2014 color trends hit the runways of Paris this past October—but how do these translate to your home? Well, the key industry tastemakers and influencers have spoken and blue is stealing the scene this upcoming year. From soft, neutral chambrays to dazzling and rich cobalt blues, the possibilities are endless. At the quieter end of the spectrum, the calming, lighter blues will be a source of optimism and tranquility in any space. The beauty of these neutral-toned blues lies in their ability to seamlessly pair with a variety of other colors. They can serve as the palette of an inviting and soothing bathroom, or work perfectly in the living room as a muted hint of color on a linen couch. On the other end of the spectrum for 2014, we have the scintillating, deep blues that are inspiring designers across the globe. Slightly muted, yet still vibrant and enticing, these blues are the perfect splash of passion for throw pillows or an elegantly dramatic accent wall. These deeper blues are rich and expressive—perfect not only on a chic gown, but also in your home.The crème of the 2014 blues are those that are calmer, and more neutral by nature when compared to their companions on the color wheel, but still packed with emotion, elegance, and life. This coming year, it seems that blue will in fact be the new black not only in the world of fashion, but in homes across the District as well. How do these hues of blue inspire you?

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valley lee, maryland

18240 Oarlock Lane Valley Lee, MD MLS #SM8162013 Offered for $1,910,000

Dorothy C Hammond O’Brien Realty 410-279-7295 52 ISSU E N O. 8

Spacious and graceful, this home was built with family in mind. Located at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay, the St. Mary’s, and Potomac Rivers, this home entertains large groups yet is comfortable and cozy for just the two of you. The epicurean kitchen is a delight for the gourmet with dual sets of major appliances. The first floor master suite is replete with two master baths, a second laundry room and wine/coffee bar. Water vistas dominate every room. Dock your yacht at the boatlift-equipped dock and graze your horses on the fertile fields of this 14-acre estate. Enjoy the pastoral pleasures of southern Maryland yet just an hour and a half from Washington DC.

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xquisitely appointed 4 bedroom French-County residence situated on the scenic St. Mary’s River. Additional 3 bedroom home make this property ideal for an extended family or a corporate retreat. Tucked away on 6 park-like acres; residences comfortably accommodate 14-18 guests. Amenities include; inground pool, almost new, deep water pier with multiple boat lifts, oversized storage barn and 3 car garage including limousine stall. Family / Corporate Compound ~ Offered at $1,975,000

Barbara Stellway O’Brien Realty mobile 240.298.9191 direct 301.994.8242 I SSUE N O. 8 53

South River Waterfront

$ 5 ,5 0 0 ,0 0 0 1 Deepwater Court Minutes from Downtown Annapolis

This 8,000 square foot custom, executive home enjoys cooling breezes from its South River location in an idyllic natural setting with privacy and attention to detail—both indoors and out. Interior living space includes master and guest suites; home offices, gym, theater room, billiard room, three-season lanai, state of the art technology, waterfront cabana, dock and boat lifts. On 1.3 sheltered acres in exclusive Poplar Point, the home and setting are beyond compare.

Day Weitzman | 410.353.0721 | 54 ISSU E N O. 8

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 4 Church Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401 | o: 410-263-8686

40-Acre Annapolis Waterfront Estate

$4,300,000 1620 Bay Head Road Annapolis, Maryland 21409

A gated, tree-lined drive provides a beautiful entry to 40 acres (3 lots) of privacy for boating, fishing, hunting and swimming just minutes from Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. 1000 ft of waterfront, incredible views of the Little Magothy River to the Bay, a fresh water pond and actively farmed fields. Gracious country home with casual and formal living spaces. Dramatic great room/ kitchen with fireplace, deck and waterviews. Inground pool with pool house, oversized barn with bays for 3 cars and art studio.

#1 Coldwell Banker Agent in the Annapolis Market Georgie Berkinshaw | c: 443-994-4456 | I SSUE N O. 8 55 ~ Join the carriage club ~

940 Windsor drive

46 south Battery

80 east Bay street

5 logan street

113 ashley avenue

2½ gillon street

213 center street

2456 sea island yacht

3 motley lane

2402 cameron Bvrd $995,000 | isle of palms Justin thomas

529 West rice planters lane $745,000 | rice planters pointe marty byrd

2 Felix street

11 harleston place

330 concord th-21

144 Wappoo landing

1548 appling drive

$3,195,000 | south of broad melinda laurens

$2,750,000 | south of broad charles sullivan

$2,595,000 | south of broad charles sullivan



$3,450,000 | Wedgefield Justin thomas

harleston Village alton brown

$1,235,000 | ansonborough Judy tarleton

$649,000 | harleston Village sharon Kucharski

$1,750,000 | french Quarter Jane smith smith

$575,000 | dockside Judy tarleton

$1,625,000 | old Village lindsay malanos

$549,000 | wappoo landing lindsay malanos

$1,495,000 | rockville Jane smith smith

$699,000 | upper King lindsay malanos

$517,000 | shellpoint alton brown

19 exchange street | charleston sc 29401 | 843.266.8000 | the finest real estate in town and country | historic charleston, south carolina

Chance Hope Farm ~ Waterfront Just 2 miles outside St. Michaels, Maryland. This attractive brick home is a “must see” for customers who appreciate quality, craftsmanship and fine design…not to mention panoramic sunset views, private dock, boatlift, fabulous workshop (a woodworker’s delight) and beautifully landscaped grounds. “Move-in Condition” is an understatement! $1,695,000

Bald Eagle Point

Riverview Terrace

Fabulous 128-acre estate featuring 1.5 miles of shoreline, magnificent Alan Meyers, AIA-designed home, deep water dock and registered 1920' airstrip! $6,900,000

Prime St. Michaels address w/views of the Harbor and Miles River. Perfect house for entertaining, art work, antiques, studio... you need to see! $579,000

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D ebr a

Benson & Mangold Real Estate 116 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels 410-745-0720

C r o u ch

Tom Crouch: 410-310-8916 | Debra Crouch: 410-924-0771 | I SSUE N O. 8 57

Joh n D u n n a n’s C ol l e c t i bl e

Re a l E s t a t e

49 South Battery

South of Broad - Downtown Charleston

The Colonel James English House, C. 1760 4 br, 3 full & 2 half ba, apx. 4,200 sf


Exclusively listed by: John Dunnan

John Dunnan 843.364.2822 (M)

2 Water Street The Battery ~ South of Broad $7,300,000

53 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401

121&123 Church Street French Quarter ~ Downtown $2,495,000

843.727.6460 (O) 855.727.6460 (toll free)

1085 Sparrow Pond Cottage Kiawah Island $875,000


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District Home Magazine - December 2013 (v2)  
District Home Magazine - December 2013 (v2)