While it may not have the mega-celebrity cachet of Hollywood, the Washington area — with its socialites, politicians, TV news personalities, business people and, yes, even former presidents — has its share of bold-faced names living among us.
• Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Washington
Six years after a devastating fire destroyed her Upper Northwest Washington mansion, arts patron Peggy Cooper Cafritz is putting the finishing touches on a DuPont Circle condo filled with provocative art. Cafritz, who moved into the $3.25 million condo in 2011, describes her furnishings as eclectic with a mark of vintage.
• Wendy Rieger, Washington
NBC4 news anchor Wendy Rieger was one of the first to move into CityCenter DC, the largest mixed-use development project in the District, which is constructed on the former convention center site. Rieger chose a clean, mid-century modern style for her D.C. pied-a-terre. “This is my white period, she said. “My father is Swiss-German. I feel like this is my Swiss-German DNA coming out.”
• President Lyndon B. Johnson, Washington
President Lyndon B. Johnson lived in a brick Colonial home in Washington’s Forest Hills neighborhood for 18 years. Linda Porter, who bought the home, preserved much of its original layout. Porter said she found several Johnson-era mementos during the renovation, including postcards and baseball cards. “People will stop every now and then and say, ‘Is this where Johnson lived?'” said Porter. “It’s fine. No one’s been a problem. They are just kind of curious to see.”
• Sheila Johnson, Fauquier County, Va.
Billionaire Sheila Johnson — part owner of the Washington Mystics and ex-wife of Robert Johnson, co-founder of BET — owns a 100-year-old farm in Fauquier County that has been extensively renovated and decorated to reflect the mountain topography surrounding the property and the four seasons. The resort-like home has plenty of space for entertaining, including a covered stone outdoor dining table that can seat 20, and multiple lounge seating at the pool. “I bought this property in 1996 because my daughter was spending a lot of time riding horses,” Johnson said. “I fell in love with the view, too.”