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The Woodland Drive property’s great room offers views from nearly every angle.


Go Abode & Beyond

By Kristen Schott with contribution by Jennifer Barger

Liz Mearns vanity photo by Jenn Verrier | Baluster photo by Studio Trejo


DC’s luxury real estate industry is soaring, with burgeoning neighborhoods, high-rise condos and hip but historic manses on the market. Welcome home.

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.”

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! 

Wallpaper, $185, by Cole & Son at Kravet, Washington Design Center; mirror, similar styles at Pottery Barn, potterybarn.‌com; sink, $899, similar styles at

A powder room in Arlington, Va., gets undersea style with interior designer Liz Mearns.

Unexpected (with a splash) might be the best way to describe this powder room interior designer Liz Mearns dreamed up for her client, but it’s only fitting of the Arlington, Va., home. The custom abode was a collaboration with Mearns, the owners and longtime friend Edward Seroskie of Little City Builders; the couple, originally from India, wanted a cool, organic indoor-outdoor vibe with eye-catching touches throughout, like in this space. They started with the Cole & Son wallpaper: “It is sophisticated, but with some whimsy [from the blowfish] to keep it from being too serious,” says Mearns, who is currently working on about 18 projects, including a mod condo in the thriving District Wharf and another in Westlight. “The black background keeps it from being juvenile.” The high-gloss door adds drama, while the marble sink with brass faucets and the gold-rimmed oval mirror complete the vibe. And that sink is a work of art in its own right: The bottom came unfinished, and the owner had her friend sand and paint it for her in return for some good Indian food and beer.

The Southeast waterfront along the Anacostia River is seeing a resurgence thanks to a lineup of retail options, restaurants and amenities (including proximity to the water and the Ballpark District). And if you want to live here, permanently, you can do so at The Bower condominiums by PN Hoffman and development partner Forest City. The project is the first chance to buy at The Yards neighborhood and offers 11 stories with 137 residences ranging from studios to three penthouses with terraces (those pads start around $2 million). There’s only one left: The first received a reservation in November when buyers could start holding properties; the other went under contract in March. As for the available abode: It’s a 1,575-square-foot, three-bed, three-bath space. Other perks include a penthouse lounge with an outdoor terrace, fitness studio and more. While still under construction—with move-in slated for later this year—we suggest you nab a spot now.

The much-anticipated Westlight has finally come to fruition, but the buzz shows no signs of stopping.

Remember when sales at Westlight began in November 2016 with buyers lining up overnight to sign a contract? Well, the exclusive condo property dreamed up by real estate mogul Anthony Lanier, president of EastBanc, feted its completion last month. “Thus far, more than 46 of the 71 units are under contract or settled,” says Mei-Mei Venners, director of sales for the project, which boasts beauties ranging from $1.3 million to $4.5 million. “Amazingly, every contract sold at or above list price.” And sales are expected to continue for two more years. But it’s not hard to see why: Not only is the West End development an architectural wonder (designed by the famed Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos in Mexico City), with such features as a cantilevered glass building facade and a lobby complete with a 50-foot living green wall, but it also offers supreme service, right down to the sundeck, 24-hour concierge, private clubroom and 25-meter heated rooftop swimming pool. Ah, the finer things... 


The home at 418 C St. NE has 11-foot ceilings and affords plenty of natural light.

The Baluster’s 418 C St. NE has made its grand re-debut, and it’s fit to suit every need.

It’s a live-work space like none other: The recently restored townhome at 418 C St. NE overlooking Stanton Park is zoned for both residential and commercial uses—it’s the jack of all trades of abodes, and it’s the first of five such spaces to come on the market for your buying pleasure. The 4,800-square-foot property, priced at $3.595 million, is part of the Baluster project, a set of 19th-century single-family brownstones renovated by Petra Development, a flourishing real estate development and design firm. “When I first came across them, although they had lost their luster over decades of neglect... I envisioned the potential they had to become stunning in every way,” says President Rashid Salem. The five-bedroom homes retain their past with period architecture and mix in modern creature comforts such as private rooftop decks with Brazilian mahogany wood and bathrooms (5 ½ of them) outfitted with imported Statuario marble from Tuscany. Then there’s the address: “We’re seeing interest from buyers... who have commercial interests and are also attracted to the incredible location—the proximity to the Capitol Building, Union Station, and the restaurants and shops around the corner,” adds Timur Loynab, VP of McWilliams | Ballard, which is handling the sales. The four remaining homes are set for completion this month, as will be 418’s carriage house. Originally a horse stable, the 1,100-square-foot, two-story space is unique to this first abode and now features two full baths and can operate as a guest house, business office or garage—right at home.

Willowsford draws those who desire a community centered on food and farm living.

Sure, an energy hums through DC, but sometimes it pays to be a bit out of bounds. Enter Willowsford in Ashburn and Aldie, Va. This year, the single-family home development earned a spot in the top 20 master-planned communities in the country. The highest-price abodes, Line K, were created by Ara Hovnanian, wife Rachel and renowned designer Piet Boon, and sell for $1 million-plus, with millennial tech execs the latest to snap up pads. (The Noorderwind, pictured, starts at $1.25 million.) On the 4,000 acres: a working farm, two clubhouses with indoor and outdoor demo kitchens, and 40 miles of trails.