A palatial contemporary residence in Ocean City, Md., will be auctioned online beginning Nov. 4 with minimum bids starting at $1.5 million.

The concrete-and-steel modern home features open lofts, bamboo flooring and an Italian-designed stainless-steel and gleaming white kitchen, along with a high tech sound and surveillance system for security throughout the home and its 1.1 acre site.

The five-bedroom, five-bath home, located at 12933 Old Bridge Rd., was designed by architect David D. Quillin and is owned by luxury eyewear designer, actor, model and agent Roy Schwalbach.


More than 4,000 square feet of decking wraps around the home’s multiple levels. The grounds include a secluded hot tub, a salt water lap swimming pool, a fire pit with a seating area, two garages and a private putting green with a sand trap.

Potential buyers can attend open houses on Saturday and  Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Bidders must register at Auction.com, provide proof of funds for the purchase and a $10,000 deposit.

To learn more about the auction, contact Truc Nguyen at trnguyen@auction.com or 949-454-4538. To learn more about this property, contact listing agent Alan Klatsky of Klatsky Homes at aklatsky@aol.com or 443-379-4876.


Own a piece of the Kennedy mystique

Wexford, a weekend retreat in Marshall, Va., designed by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1963, is now listed for sale at $11 million.

The 166-acre Fauquier County property includes a 5,050 square foot home designed by the former first lady as a place for the family to escape Washington for occasional weekends and holidays, but President John F. Kennedy visited the property only twice before he was assassinated.

Mrs. Kennedy sold the property in 1964. The grounds include an iron gate with stone pillars, stone fences, a pond, mountain views, a tennis court, a stable complex and a swimming pool. The home includes four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, a half bath and a three-car garage.

For more information on Wexford, contact the listing agent Patricia Burns of Middleburg Real Estate at 540-454-6723.


Wells Fargo to host workshop for underwater homeowners

Wells Fargo on Thursday will host a free workshop for homeowners in jeopardy of falling behind on their mortgages or who owe more on their loans than their properties are worth.

During the workshop, homeowners will meet with mortgage specialists who could discuss refinancing or loan modification possibilities.

The workshop will be held at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Center Field House, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To register, click here or call (800) 405-8067.


Urban Country celebration to benefit wounded soldiers

Urban Country, the home furnishing and interior design store in downtown Bethesda, will celebrate its 22nd anniversary in business with a “Home for the Holidays” event that’s open to the public.

Wine and appetizers will be served in the Bethesda Row store and merchandise donated by area home furniture stores and other Bethesda Row merchants will be available in a silent auction. The proceeds from the auction benefit the Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund, a local nonprofit that provides 100 percent of its donations directly to wounded soldiers recovering in military hospitals in the D.C. area.

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Urban Country at 7117 Arlington Rd. in Bethesda. Visit www.urbancountrydesigns.com for more information.


Fall Fun Day in Mount Vernon Triangle

The plaza at Fifth and K Streets NW will be filled with dancing zombies, dressed-up pets and kids in costume — as well as residents sprucing up the area — on Saturday.

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District, along with sponsors Ace Hardware, Taylor GourmetVida Fitness, Wagtime and AnythingTime K9, are hosting a Fall Fun Day including a neighborhood bulb planting session, a children’s Halloween costume parade, pumpkin and face painting, a pet costume parade and a free outdoor “zombie zumba” class.

Local residents and visitors are invited to join the activities, which take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information visit www.mountvernontriangle.org.

Lerner is a freelance writer. To pass on a tip or news item, contact us at realestate@washpost.com and put “Town Square” in the subject line.