It features spaces for children, including a lower-level playroom, outfitted with full-size trees made of wood and foam and a child-size passageway into a secret play area. The space can be converted into to a media room: The walls already have the appropriate wiring in place.
The house also has a living room with its marble fireplace, a formal dining room, a sunroom and an expansive family room adjacent to a gourmet kitchen.
Grounds include a second-story roof deck, a terrace with a built-in grilling station, a spacious yard with a dining pergola, a side terrace with a fire pit and fountains and a children’s play area.
The house was previously listed as a private placement on the Washington Fine Properties’ Web site, www.wfp.com, but not on MRIS, for $5.5 million.
The home is listed with real estate agents Ellen Morrell, Linda Rogers and Matthew McCormick.
Winchester Showhouse features work by Washington designers
Long Green, a stone house northwest of Winchester that was built in sections in 1760 and the 1800s, has been transformed by interior designers and landscape designers for the Winchester Showhouse & Gardens 2013.
Eighteen spaces were decorated by local interior designers, while the exterior was professionally landscaped. Ticket sales benefit Blue Ridge Hospice and the Little Garden Club of Winchester.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Long Green was home to the Headley family and was the site of large parties as well as antique auctions. Two Washington-based designers are participating: Wayne Breeden and Kelley Proxmire of Kelley Interior Design.
Proxmire’s front parlor incorporates layers of textures, patterns and colors with a modern take on vintage design. She used shades of blue and cream to create a relaxing ambiance and brought in a late 1800s table, an Empire-style desk, antique chairs and blue transferware plates from the 18th century.
The Winchester Showhouse, located at 498 Long Green Lane in Winchester, will be open until Sept. 29. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at
or at the door.
Logan Circle condo is a mercurial markup
If you think it’s hard to get a seat at Le Diplomate or one of the other hip restaurants on 14th Street NW, try snapping up a new condo in that part of town.
Eight months ago, the newly constructed two-story penthouse at Locks & Electric at 1324 14th St. NW, sold for $794,000. But the new owner decided to relocate and listed the unit for $849,000, which represents an 7 percent rise in eight months.
Even with that markup, the penthouse earlier this month received multiple offers and went under contract, significantly above the asking price. (As is typically the protocol, the agents won’t disclose any offers until the deal closes.)
The unit, which has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a private roof deck, had dozens of showings within the first 24 hours of entering the market.
The contemporary-style home includes ebony hardwood flooring, wraparound windows, high ceilings and an open floor plan with a living, dining and kitchen areas.
Residents can stroll downstairs to the new B Too restaurant owned by “Top Chef” contestant Bart Vandaele or to one of the dozens of bars and restaurants that line 14th Street from Logan Circle to Columbia Heights.
The condo was listed by associate brokers Daryl Judy and Kimberly Casey of Washington Fine Properties.
Keller Williams agents get apps
All of Keller Williams Realty’s 88,000 agents have their own personal app. The company, the largest real estate franchise in the United States, is providing a unique URL and text code to share with consumers.
The free app, available to both consumers and agents, is available for Apple and Android devices. The app will be individually branded with agent’s name and contact information and include advanced capabilities for capturing leads when consumers search for homes.
Consumers will be able to use the app for local listings matching their criteria and price range. Potential buyers can then swipe through photos and listings and add interesting prospects to saved searches, which are then synced with the agent’s Web site.
Agents and prospective buyers can communicate by text, e-mail or phone to discuss the shared results of property searches.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this column misspelled the first name of Daryl Judy, an associate broker at Washington Fine Properties.
— Michele Lerner
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