After fighting with neighbors, local police and being sued by the D.C. government, and eventually forking over $8,000 to pay off fines, the “celebrity mansion” at 2220 Q St. NW is cleaning up its act and looking for a buyer. The town home has been listed by The Mandy and David Team at Compass Real Estate.
Owned by Results Gym founder Douglas Jefferies, the so-called Biz Markie house (the DJ toured the space on an episode of “Celebrity House Hunting”), is a 5,200-square-foot homage to the Peter Pan in all of us. You want to point and stare, especially at the people swimming in the rooftop pool and visible through a viewing window in the living room, but you should contain your wows and gee-whizzes because there’s one in every room. No wonder Ja Rule performed here once and Chelsea Handler, too (but not together).
But at an open house Wednesday night, the space was abuzz not with revelers but with high-end real estate agents and restaurateurs who were being handed fancy hors d’oeuvres. Okay, sure, the puff pastries were being served by shirtless male models in swim trunks, but sophistication can go only so far in 90-degree heat.
“The house has been in the news in the past,” said Paul Wharton, who appeared to be on a first-name basis with most of the night’s 200 guests. But last night’s opening was different, he said. “It’s more elegant, more suited to the space,” continued Wharton, the TV personality and Washington celeb you’ve seen at all of the beautiful-people parties. It was his models, all on the PWM2 Model agency roster, who were peppered throughout the house, as was his Rolodex. Wharton’s friend Omarosa Manigault was supposed to show up, but she missed her train from Philadelphia. (Apparently he was the first to hear the news of Manigault’s engagement.)
Despite the absence of Manigault and her five-carat ring, the house was not short on bling — or the D.C. equivalent, which has always been power (or the proximity to it). Claudia Rivas, owner of Claudia’s Steakhouse, sipped a cocktail on one of the lounge chairs just off the rooftop pool. Nearby, Wharton and Carl Ray, the first lady’s makeup artist, took several selfies until they finally agreed on the right one. Marvin Bowser, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s brother, was also there chatting up developer Brook Rose.
“The old broker’s ‘opens’ might work for a simple two-bedroom in Cleveland Park,” Wharton said, “but to move a $4.5-million home off Q Street? You have to step outside the box.”