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By the Numbers: WFP Dominates Top 10 DC Home Sales

January 9, 2014

Washington Fine Properties (WFP), the leading luxury real estate brokerage in the Nation’s Capital Region, announced today the “Top 10” home sales in the District of Columbia for 2013. The firm is proud to have had nine of the top ten listings, selling eight of them within the firm.

Address                       Neighborhood              Price                List Firm          Sell Firm

1.      3044 O Street       Georgetown                 $8.6M              WFP                 WFP

2.      2861 Woodland Dr   Mass Ave Heights        $7.95M        WFP                TTR

3.      1405 34th Street      Georgetown                 $7.85M            WFP                WFP

4.      1248 30th Street      Georgetown                 $7.6M              WFP                WFP

5.      3249 N Street          Georgetown                 $7.55M           WFP                 WFP

6.      3053 P Street           Georgetown                 $7.0M              WFP               WFP

7.      2412 Tracy Place         Kalorama                 $6.75M            WFP                WFP

8.      2520 30th Street           Mass Ave Heights     $6.425M         WFP            WFP

9.      3025 Whitehaven St    Mass Ave Heights        $6.25M         WFP            DCE

10.   2910 Edgevale Terr     Mass Ave Heights        $5.495M         TTR            WFP

1248 30th Street NW (Photo by: HomeVisit) 1248 30th Street NW


Washington Fine Properties continues to lead the Capital Region, as it has sold 33 percent more properties over $1 million in Washington than its next closest competitor. WFP increased its sales under $1 million by 35 percent since 2012.

“We are extremely proud of our agents for this incredible performance in 2013,” said Dana Landry, Principal Broker of Washington Fine Properties.  The firm’s success has much to do with having the very best agents who share the same values, teamwork and professional approach to the business.” 

3044 O Street NW (Photo by: HomeVisit) 3044 O Street NW

With significant sales such as the iconic Laird-Dunlop Coach House in Georgetown and the former home of Jacqueline Kennedy’s mother, which sold for $8.6 million, Washington Fine Properties was able to achieve an impressive closed sales volume of $2 billion in 2013. Ranked the No. 1 residential real estate firm in the nation by Real Trends in multiple categories for four consecutive years, Washington Fine Properties is on its way to breaking new records for 2014.

3053 P Street NW (Photo by: HomeVisit) 3053 P Street NW

WFP is recognized worldwide as one of the most successful carriage–trade real estate firms in the United States. More than one hundred of the most powerful agents in the Nation’s Capital Region combine the highest level of expertise and professionalism to provide unequalled brokerage services to both buyers and sellers. For four years in a row, Washington Fine Properties has been ranked #1 in the nation for “Highest Closed Sales Volume per Agent” and “Highest Average Sales Price per Sale” by REAL Trends. WFP also ranked #1 in sales over $1,000,000 in Washington, DC in 2012. Visit WFP online.              

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Bonhams Sale of Fragonard Portrait Sets New World Record at $28 Million

December 8, 2013

A major work by the 18th century French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Portrait of François-Henri d'Harcourt, sold for $28 million dollars December 5 setting a world record price for the artist at auction.

Martin Gammon of Bonhams Georgetown office reacted to the sale, "We were absolutely thrilled to bring this masterpiece to Washington, D.C. for a special preview at the Cosmos Club." The painting was the leading work in the sale of paintings and sculpture from the renowned collection the German philanthropist, the late Dr. Gustav Rau.

The Rau Collection preview was a special VIP event hosted by Bonhams in November. Gammon continued, "The result last Thursday is not only the world record for any Old Master painting sold this year, but also the world record for any French Old Master painting ever, and the 2nd highest price realized at auction for any painting from the 18th century. It is also certainly by far the highest price ever achieved for an artwork sold on behalf of a charity, and we are enormously pleased that the proceeds from this stellar result will go directly to supporting the critical work of UNICEF on behalf of children around the world." The proceeds will be used to benefit the Foundation of the German Committe for UNICEF.

Dr. Martin Gammon and guest at Cosmos Club (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dr. Martin Gammon and guest at Cosmos Club

Bonhams' Group Head of Pictures, Caroline Oliphant, said: "We were thrilled to do so well for UNICEF. It was a real pleasure to work with this collection, particularly the Fragonard, over the past months."

One of Fragonard's famous 15 fantasy portraits, The Portrait of François-Henri d'Harcourt was the most significant of the artist's works to have appeared on the market for many years. Only two other fantasy portraits remain in private hands making this painting rarer than portraits by Frans Hals, Joshua Reynolds or even Rembrandt.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) was a master of genre painting and a leading exponent of the Rococo style of which The Swing in the Wallace Collection in London is probably the best known example. In great demand as a portraitist in the dying days of the Ancien Regime, Fragonard fell on hard times after the French Revolution and although he continued to live in France he died in obscurity and poverty.

Fragonard's fantasy portraits – often depicting friends and acquaintances - were painted quickly with bold, fluid brush work which anticipated the Impressionists in bravura and technique. This style was referred to by some contemporaries as the artist's, 'swordplay of the brush'. The Portrait of François-Henri d'Harcourt is unusual among Fragonard's fantasy portraits because the subject is identified. Many of the other portraits are personifications of the arts rather than representations of named individuals.

For more information, contact Dr. Martin Gammon, Vice President of Business Development and Museum Services at Bonhams in Washington, D.C. at 202.333.1696.

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Shop Local Week Starts November 30

November 18, 2013

Think Local First DC, Old Town Boutique District and Causetown are partnering to host Shop Local Week 2013, promoting independently owned, community-minded businesses as the preferred option for holiday shoppers.

The week of November 30 through December 8, 2013 features a variety of local business promotions along with a "Charity Cash Mob," when businesses across the city will give a portion of purchases to literally ANY school or charity customers choose when they mention Shop Local Week.

  • Nov 30 - Small Business Saturday
  • Nov 30 - MADE IN DC Marketplace, 12:00 pm. - 4:00 pm at DC Brau
  • Nov 30 - Dec 3 - Charity Cash Mob
  • Dec 5 - Production in the City + MADE IN DC Marketplace, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 pm at The Boiler Building at The Yards
  • Dec 6 - Heurich House Museum Christmas Christkindlmakrt + MADE IN DC Marketplace, 4:00 pm. - 8:00 pm
  • Dec 7 - Heurich House Museum Christmas Christkindlmakrt + MADE IN DC Marketplace, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

For a list of participating businesses, click here.

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