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Go Abode & Beyond

BY Kristen Schott with contribution by Jennifer Barger | May 29, 2018 | Feature Features National

DC's luxury real estate industry is soaring, with burgeoning neighborhoods, high-rise condos and hip but historic manses on the market. Welcome home.
The Woodland Drive property's great room offers views from nearly every angle.

IN THE HEIGHTS
This expansive home close to Woodley Park breaks the boundaries of contemporary living in the District.

Say “DC mansion,” and most house hunters picture stately Georgetown Victorians or McLean, Va., megacolonials. But the $10.75 million estate at 2815 Woodland Drive NW near Woodley Park appeals to both fans of supermodern architecture and lush natural environments. That’s because the four-bedroom property boasts the kind of organic yet sleek facade for which local architectural firm Marshall Moya Design is known. This means the 2010 custom-build boasts killer views of surrounding Rock Creek Park from the 20-foot-tall great room, plus clever elements like a glassy wine room with space for 200 bottles and nearly as many dinner guests. “There’s nothing quite like this in the neighborhood,” says listing agent Marilyn Charity of Washington Fine Properties. “It’s close to everything, yet feels like a treehouse.”

BEST-SELLER
Patrick Chauvin was the listing agent for the top-selling home in DC this year, and he’s already on track to break more records in the months to come.

Don’t ask Patrick Chauvin, executive vice president and senior adviser for Compass, to whom he sold the $9 million manse at 2430 Wyoming Ave NW in Kalorama—the largest sale this year in DC. He won’t tell you. (But you can figure it out: Zack Leonsis, the senior vice president of strategic initiatives for Monumental Sports & Entertainment and general manager of Monumental Sports Network.) He will share, however, that the estate (which he’s sold four times, starting from about $1.2 million some 20 years ago) had three different buyers looking at it at the same time. “I think people in this price range see what they want and move quickly,” says Chauvin, who’s on track to beat his 2017 sales tally of the high $40 millions (he was already at around $43 million toward the end of April) and has worked with folks like the Clintons over his 25-year career. So, what are the selling points of this particular home? “The lot… is unusually large for Kalorama,” he says. The 6,770-square-foot abode sits on a double lot, to name one highlight. Space in the city? We like the sound of that!

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