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WFP Lists Renovated Town Home in Hillandale's Gated Community

April 2, 2020

Cynthia Howar of Washington Fine Properties has listed a 3,276 square foot four bedroom, three and-a-half bath town home at 3907 Ivy Terrace Court NW in Hillandale at $1,795,000. 

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Located in the heart of West Georgetown, this gated community sits on 47 acres with its own swimming pool, tot lot, tennis courts, and 24/7 security. 


Originally a working 70-acre sheep farm until Ann Archbold (daughter of the founder of Standard Oil, John Dana Archbold) bought the entire property in 1922.  Hillandale is the only gated community in Washington, D.C. and recently hailed in Forbes.com as one of the nine best gated communities in America.


Howar has written a fascinating article on Hillandale’s history and here’s the link.

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This completely renovated home has all new windows and doors, bathrooms and kitchen and features hardwood floors, high ceilings, and energy efficient amenities. The entry foyer, with coat closet and half bath, leads to an open dining room, two-story living room with fireplace, and renovated kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and adjoining breakfast area. 

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There’s a private rear patio off the main level that looks onto a common forested area. It has east and west exposure,  a one-car garage with a driveway.

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The master suite occupies the entire second level. The master bedroom has a beautiful vaulted ceiling and connects to the completely renovated master bath and convenient den. The third level has two sizable bedroom, a full bath, and a walk-in cedar storage closet.

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The lower level completes the home with a fourth bedroom or den, full bath, storage closets, and access to the garage. 

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The energy efficient amenities include: solar panels, electric car charging station, energy efficient HVAC system. The HOA fee includes: 24/7 gated security, high speed internet, basic cable, pool, tennis courts, tot-lot, snow and trash removal. 

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For a virtual tour, click here

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For more information, please contact Cynthia Howar at 202.944.5000 or 202.297.6000.

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March is Orchid Month at Hillwood

February 11, 2020

Get an intimate look at Hillwood’s greenhouse with the experts throughout Orchid Month in March.

(Photo by: hillwoodmuseum.org)


Marjorie Post constructed greenhouses to hold her extensive collection of exotic orchids, as well as cut flowers grown for floral arrangements throughout the mansion.


Explore the greenhouse to learn about Post’s infatuation with orchids, and the exotic blooms and fragrances on display now. 

Tickets are distributed at the visitor center upon opening each day. A limited number of tickets may be pre-reserved by phone by Hillwood members.


This twenty-minute tour is limited to ten, and meets in the visitor center conservatory.


Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens is located at 4155 Linnean Ave NW.

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Christmas In Venice

December 23, 2019

Written by Guest Contributor, Marcos Galvany


Christmas is always a time for reflection, togetherness, family, and friends, but for those who have lost someone very close to them, it’s also a time for re-opening wounds and for embracing those losses. 

San Marcos Square (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) San Marcos Square

Many composers, writers, and artists come here to create, to be inspired, to be moved. There’s something about being surrounded by timeless works of art, magnificent architecture, and breathtaking beauty that heals us and inspires our creativity.

Composing in Palazzo Marin (Photo by: Jose Solis Betancourt) Composing in Palazzo Marin

Being a composer, I decided to come to Venice for a month during the Christmas season to create a new work called “Life,” in memory of my close friend Teresa.

San Marcos Square (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) San Marcos Square

This enchanted city stimulates my senses in a way that opens my heart to another dimension. If there’s a place in the world that knows a lot about Life, it’s this vibrant city.

Basílica de Santa Maria della Salute (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) Basílica de Santa Maria della Salute

During Christmas time, Venice dresses up with lights and decorations, and when the frequent Aqua Alta (the high tide) comes flooding the streets and the piazzas, this changing city becomes a mirror reflecting the lights over the water in the most surreal way.

Aqua Alta at San Marcos Square before sunrise. (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) Aqua Alta at San Marcos Square before sunrise.

The contrast between the lights and the darkness of the canals embraces, and the inconvenience and discomfort that the floods bring to the locals create an incredible spectacle of beauty and magic.   

Santa Maria Della Salute. (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) Santa Maria Della Salute.

Aqua Alta. View of San Giorgio Maggiore from San Marcos Square (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) Aqua Alta. View of San Giorgio Maggiore from San Marcos Square

Photographing Venice (Photo by: Jose Solis Betancourt) Photographing Venice

San Marcos Square (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) San Marcos Square

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