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If Shakespeare Had A Camera....

March 10, 2013

Chateau de Chambord (France) in the clouds (Photo by: Nina Dunn) Chateau de Chambord (France) in the clouds

The Shakespeare Theatre Company will exhibit a selection of images created by world-travelling photographer Nina Dunn, who brings 24 works from her European collection to the Sidney Harman Hall from March 28 through June 2.  

Dunn’s photographs will be displayed and offered for sale during the run of the company’s Hero/Traitor Repertory featuring the productions Coriolanus and Wallenstein. Sidney Harman Hall is at 610 F Street NW.

Dunn’s work translates the beauty and spirit of Shakespeare’s Europe through vivid photographs taken from unconventional perspectives, said a Shakespeare Theater Group statement.

St. Petersburg skyline (Photo by: Nina Dunn) St. Petersburg skyline

“I am excited to use this exhibition to help the Shakespeare Theater Company and honored to have my work shown in this spectacular venue,” said Dunn who resides in the DC Palisades neighborhood.

Dunn has a fine artistic eye which it comes to highlighting light, color and shape to create graphic details with show-stopping results. 

Ed Zakreski, STC’s chief development officer, says, “the passion Nina has for her photography is clearly visible. We are thrilled that she has chosen to generously use her talent to benefit the theater.”

Amalfi Coast beach (Photo by: Nina Dunn) Amalfi Coast beach

All proceeds from the purchase of the framed photos and acrylics will benefit the artistic and education programs of the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Dunn is a STC patron and Bard Association member.

Dunn has practiced her photography alongside her practice of law, which includes a range of international trade and investment, securities law and national security matters.

She has traveled the world for her legal work and to pursue her devotion to photography.

For additional information on the photographer and her work, visit

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A New IPod Touch Is The Prize

February 27, 2013

Now and through Friday March 15, to celebrate its first anniversary, Beasley Real Estate is running a contest for all new and current mobile app clients. The prize: a new iPod Touch

All a user has to do is download the Beasley Real Estate mobile or iPad application and then enter the contest by visiting The user will be asked a question about the Beasley Real Estate App to complete their entry into the contest.

Beasley Real Estate will randomly select the winning entry on March 16, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.  The winner will be notified by email.   The prize will be only the iPod Touch hardware and does not include data plan, contract, or accessories. 

All of the Beasley’s mobile applications are free resources for clients and all consumers in the DC, VA and MD markets.

The Beasley Real Estate apps allow users to:

  • Perform a home search based on your unique, current location
  • Google maps connection allowing users to find attractions and services near a home
  • Share property information with their friends and family
  • Find nearby restaurants, schools, shopping and more
  • Connect directly with a Beasley agent
  • Save searches and favorite spots.
    Tyler Jeffrey (Photo by: Beasley RE) Tyler Jeffrey

In other news, Beasley Real Estate has announced that Tyler Jeffrey, one of Washington, D.C.’s top performing agents, has joined the company. Jeffrey sold more than $25 million in properties in 2012. 

“Tyler is a great addition to Beasley,” said Jim Bell, founder and managing partner at Beasley. “I have watched him become one of the area’s top performing agents. He embodies our core values, most importantly sharing our ‘client first’ approach to real estate.”

To learn more, visit Beasley Real Estate.

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Elegant Apartment at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton on Market

February 10, 2013

Celebrating its first anniversary, Beasley Real Estate marked the occasion with the launch of a new listing: a posh apartment at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, replete with two parking spaces.

Living Room (Photo by: Beasley RE) Living Room

The first-floor apartment, listed at $4,650,000, was viewed by more than 70 housing agents and prospective buyers on Thursday night.

“This apartment is priced to sell,” said Jim Bell, founder and managing partner at Beasley RE, who personally greeted guests.  With only 28 apartments in the building at 3150 South Street NW, The Residences at the Ritz Carlton is one of the most sought after living spaces in Washington, DC.  

Bell also noted in his conversations with guests that in its first year Beasley sold an amazing $100 million in properties. “The public really is responding to Beasley’s unique style and services,” he said. “In this market, in any market really, buyers and sellers should be demanding real-time data and top performance from their agent.”  He said that Beasley agents have the “best analytical tools in the marketplace, and are producing the best results for clients.”

Cocktail Area (Photo by: Beasley RE) Cocktail Area

Bell’s new listing in Georgetown features high ceilings and generously proportioned windows with a view of the Potomac River, providing an elegant backdrop and allowing for natural light to fill the entire floor. 

The four bedroom, four-and-a-half bath apartment is just under 4,000 square feet.  The finest design, materials, and workmanship were used during an extensive renovation completed in 2012.  Improvements include brand new floors throughout, as well as designer wallpaper, and a custom-designed master bedroom closet. 

Bedroom (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Bedroom

The living room features a built-in television alcove with a flat screen already installed, gas-burning fireplace below, a custom stone bench flanking either side, and access to the front spacious balcony which overlooks the Potomac River, Theodore Roosevelt Island, and Rosslyn.  The gourmet kitchen has a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, Gaggenau wall ovens, ceramic Diva cook top, hood, stainless-steel island, prep sink, U-Line icemaker, Sub-Zero refrigeration drawers, Bosch dishwasher, tiled backsplash, and tiled floor. 

There are two, count ‘em, two parking spaces – and that’s worth its weight in gold. The stunning attributes of this apartment are matched by the personalized services of The Ritz-Carlton.

Guests in the kitchen (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Guests in the kitchen

The current owner is Dr. Mark Rampy, chief executive officer of CohBar, Inc., an emerging biotechnology company focused on developing the next generation of innovative new drugs to treat age related diseases.  Dr. Rampy also is a partner with Druid BioVentures (DBV), an emerging venture capital fund dedicated to creating and building virtual early stage life sciences companies.   

The event benefited the Georgetown Ministry Center.  Dr. Rampy made the evening’s first donation to the center. Tour the property  here.

Beasley's Chief Interior Counsultant, Ruth Gorland (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Beasley's Chief Interior Counsultant, Ruth Gorland

Kyle Samperton and Jim Bell (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kyle Samperton and Jim Bell

Ross Vann and Claudia Vitale (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ross Vann and Claudia Vitale

Dave Pollin (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dave Pollin

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