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Town Square | Four-acre city retreat lists for $8.9M

A mansion at 2950 University Terrace NW in D.C.’s Kent neighborhood is listed at $8.9 million. (Homevisit)

A four-acre retreat with a 10,000-square-foot mansion in the middle of the city is among the priciest listings in the region, according to Rockville-based multiple-listing service MRIS.

The estate, which real estate agent Heidi Hatfield of Washington Fine Properties calls “ambassadorial,” is located at 2950 University Terrace NW in the Kent neighborhood and listed at $8.9 million.

The property was created from four parcels that totaled six acres; now the sellers are keeping four acres that surround the house and subdividing the property along a natural divide. The remaining two acres are available in two parcels.

Hatfield says the property is an ideal setting for art and entertaining. The grounds have fully established landscaping and the house features multiple terraces.

Inside, the house has 12-foot high ceilings, a garden room facing the grounds, a living room with a fireplace and bay window, a dramatic red dining room and a breakfast room with a fireplace. The family room and library area has another fireplace.

The master suite includes his-and-her bathrooms. The house has a total of five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two powder rooms in the main house, along with two bedrooms and one full bathroom in the guest house.

For more information, visit or contact Hatfield at (202) 243-1634 or

The Design House will move into this building at 1099 14th St. NW in D.C. (Courtesy of Franklin Court)

Washington Design Center headed to 14th Street

Fourteenth Street in Northwest Washington has become a hub for trendy restaurants and interior design and home decorating shops. It’s now set to become the new home of the Washington Design Center.

By June, the center will move from its temporary location in Southwest to Franklin Court, a 440,874-square-foot building at 1099 14th St. NW.

The Design Center houses residential, wholesale, commercial and building product showrooms open to professionals in the design industry, including architects and interior designers. It will lease 120,000 square feet within the building on the second, third and fourth floors and will have access to the plaza level to display products to the public.

Events can be held in the building’s atrium, lobby and roof terrace. So far, 21 showrooms have been leased.

For more information, go to

(Frank Polley)

Lowenbrau Beer baron selling Virginia vineyard

Baron Gerhart Von Finck and Baroness Caroline Von Finck, part of Munich’s Lowenbrau beer family, are anxious to sell their Virginia vineyard and estate after more than 20 years living there.

Originally priced at $5.2 million, the property at 2546 Halfway Rd. in The Plains just outside Middleburg has been reduced to $3.9 million.

The estate was built in 1755 and includes 100 acres, including 10 acres of grape vines. The Von Fincks bought the property in 1992 to pursue their love of horses and also decided to expand the vineyard, known as Piedmont Vineyard.

The grounds include a barn, three tenant houses, ponds, a swimming pool and a separate new tasting room for the vineyard. While the winery has not been in operation since 2012, Casey Margenau, a real estate agent at Re/Max Distinctive Real Estate in McLean, says it can be reactivated once the vines are cared for again.

A vineyard office and sales area are already in place. The manor house has been maintained in excellent condition with new central air conditioning, updated electrical and plumbing systems, an updated kitchen and renovated bathrooms.

The Greek Revival-style house has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, one half bathroom, hardwood flooring, multiple wood-burning fireplaces and 5,500 square feet of living space.

For more information, visit or call (703) 442-8600.

Victoria Sanchez opens home furnishing shop

After 30 years working as an interior designer, Victoria Sanchez has opened her own home furnishings and interior design studio in Old Town Alexandria.

(Courtesy of Victoria at Home)
(Courtesy of Victoria at Home)

The shop is called Victoria at Home and is located at 1125 King St.

Sanchez continues to offer her design services. But now she also is offering to the public items — such as antiques, art and decorative pillows — that previously were only available to her private customers.

Buyers can find textiles by Schumacher and Brunschwig & Fils, furnishings by Amy Howard Home and accessories by Dana Gibson.

For more information, visit

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