Runaway Spoon

Indoor Pool, Wine Cellar, Patio to Entertain: No Luxury Spared

August 4, 2015

Breathtaking it is!  

The kitchen (Photo by: Beasley RE) The kitchen

At $2,295,000, the Woodley Park contemporary home at 2820 31st Street NW, gets into a WOW! factor.  Indoor Olympic-size pool with a wall of French doors to open in warm weather, a wine cellar, of course, and a patio to never leave with your friends, family and colleagues. 

This home -- offered by Beasley Real Estate --is beautifully situated on a lush and secluded 9,790 square foot landscaped lot. There are grand rooms; a living room, dining room, and family room --  all with their own private terraces.

Pool that opens to outside (Photo by: Beasley RE) Pool that opens to outside

If you like to keep in shape, this is for you: there is a sauna, steam and exercise rooms

There is a beautiful main floor master bedroom with two walk-in closests and two en suite baths; three additional bedrooms, five more baths,, a dazzling kitchen, and a two-car garage.

Wine storage area (Photo by: Beasley RE) Wine storage area

It is located in the heart of Woodley Park on a quiet nine-house street -- a few blocks to fine schools, shops, restaurants with cuisine from around the world, Rock Creek Park, the National Zoo, and, the Metro.

It is 6,924 square feet of luxury, wonderful for grand-scale entertaining and comfortable casual living.; a peaceful retreat that is an oasis in the city.

The agents are Sheila Mooney, 202-302-4321,; and Ty Hreben, 323.775.3825,


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From Monaco with Toasts & A Fine Summer Night

July 9, 2015

Julie & Syd Butler, Ambassador Doyle, Fred & Karen Schaufeld & Nora Pouillon (of Nora's Restaurant) (Photo by: Zaid Hamid 2015) Julie & Syd Butler, Ambassador Doyle, Fred & Karen Schaufeld & Nora Pouillon (of Nora's Restaurant)

On one of D.C.’s rare rain-free and sunny evenings so far this summer, Monaco’s Ambassador Maguy Maccario Doyle opened her Kalorama residence to more than 90 guests from the New York and D.C. diplomatic, political, business, media, social and philanthropic communities.

The occasion?

The Reception at the Monaco Residence (Photo by: Monaco) The Reception at the Monaco Residence

To celebrate His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco’s 10th anniversary as the principality’s sovereign. Prince Albert acceded to the throne in 2005 with the passing of his father, Prince Rainier (the husband of American icon, Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco upon their marriage).

Carolyn 'Bo' Aldige( left) of the Prevent Cancer Foundation & Lorenzo & Sophia Ravano (Photo by: Terry Crouch) Carolyn 'Bo' Aldige( left) of the Prevent Cancer Foundation & Lorenzo & Sophia Ravano

During her remarks Tuesday night, Ambassador Maccario Doyle (Ambassador to the USA and Canada) cited some of Prince Albert’s most significant accomplishments in the last decade including his marriage to former Olympic swimmer Princess Charlene (Wittstock) and the recent birth of their twins, Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, and the establishment of his eponymous foundation for the environment which, since 2006, has supported hundreds of conservation and preservation projects around the world in the areas of developing renewable energies, combatting the loss of biodiversity and improving universal access to clean water.

Reta Jo Lewis (left) Tomas Abreu (Monaco's honorary vice consul in Miami) and Monaco's Ambassador (Photo by: Terry Crough) Reta Jo Lewis (left) Tomas Abreu (Monaco's honorary vice consul in Miami) and Monaco's Ambassador

The Prince was in DC last May to accept top environmental honors at the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards dinner and participate in a global leadership forum at National Geographic’s headquarters.

The Prince, a keen sportsman and explorer, also raised and strengthened Monaco’s image on the world stage (“Monaco is open for business!”) by increasing its diplomatic presence throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and in South and North America, the latter with whom it shares deep and binding ties.

Among the guests catching up on old friendships, networking with new ones and participating in a champagne toast to Prince Albert were Dr. Neil Parsan, ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States; Iceland’s Ambassador Gair H. Haarde and Mrs. Haarde; Portugal’s Ambassador Nuno Brito; John E. Beale, Barbados’ ambassador and permanent representative to the Organization of American States and his wife Leila Mol BealeSheila M. Switzer, program chairman of the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide and her husband Thomas Switzer of Global Diplomatic Resources; Xavier Fco. Equihua, managing director of Federal Strategies Group; Ambassaddor Peter A. Selfridge, US chief of protocol and assistant secretary of State, with his wife Parita; and former US Chief of Protocol Capricia Penavic Marshall


Ambassadors or representatives also attending were from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Paraguay, Yeman, Argentina, France and Liechtenstein.

Adding to the universal flavor were others from Peru, Mexico as well as executives from financial and diplomatic organizations.




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Two Mega Stars in One Week

June 18, 2015

Singer/songwriter Michael Bolton dined on Marina pizza Tuesday for lunch at il Canale.  He gained his first major hit as a songwriter, co-writing "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You."

Another major hit was "When A Man Loves A Woman."

On Monday for dinner, one of the most acclaimed film stars ever, Julianne Moore, dined at il Canale with her family.

The American/British actress won an Oscar for her lead portrayal in Still Alice, the real-life story of a professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease.  Moore's long list of roles and credits is impressive.

At il Canale, she dined on Salmone alla Siciliana.

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