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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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In the Pink With Farruggio

February 4, 2013

International business guru Daniel H. Pink has singled out il Canale on 31st Street,  in Georgetown, for praise in his brand new book “To Sell Is Human,” which is available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. What’s more, Pink, who resides in Washington, D.C., with his family, had a banner article in the Washington Post’s business section on Sunday February 3 about his views on what makes effective business sellers tick.

In his book, Pink wrote about a framed sign Giuseppe “Joe” Farruggio, the owner of il Canale, posted near the inside front door asking for comments, negative and positive. The sign gives Farruggio’s personal cell number: 703-624-2111.  (This is different from the restaurant phone which is 202-337-4444.)  The sign  also bears Farruggio’s photograph.

“Farruggio, who came to the United States from Sicily when he was seventeen, is in sales, of course,” wrote Pink.

“He’s selling fresh antipasti, linguine alle vongole, and certified Neapolitan pizza to hungry families. But with this sign, he’s transforming his offering from distant and abstract—Washington, DC, is not short on places that serve pizza and pastas—to concrete and personal.

“And he’s doing it in an especially audacious way. For Farruggio, service isn’t about delivering a calzone in twenty-nine minutes. For him, service is about literally being at the call of his customers…

“But the importance of what he’s doing isn’t the calls he’s receiving from customers. It’s what he’s communicating to them—namely, that there’s a person behind the pizza and that person cares about whether his guests are happy … Many of us like to say, ‘I’m accountable’ or ‘I care.’  Few of us are so deeply committed to serving others that we’re willing to say, ‘Call my cel l …’” 

The sign also lists Farruggio’s e-mail: pizza_7@hotmail.com


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Substance For Lunch Before Alfalfa For Dinner

January 28, 2013

The herds who flocked to the Alfalfa Club dinner Saturday night at the Capital Hilton surely thought it was a great social networking affair. Well, it most likely was.  But others might point to smaller exclusive opportunities to break bread as a mite more substantive and influential.  Not to mention an ideal platform to show some smarts and wisdom garnered through years of on-the-job experience.

Mrs. Albritton (left) & Mrs. Terra (Photo by: Natalila Janetti) Mrs. Albritton (left) & Mrs. Terra

The pre-Alfalfa luncheon hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies at the Willard Hotel was one of those theaters. Principal speakers were former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Henry Kissinger; Zbigniew Brzezinksi, national security advisor to President Jimmy Carter;  former Sen. Sam Nunn, CSIS chairman of the board and cochairman and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, introduced what the program called “The 3 Tenors.”

The energy sector (petroleum, natural gas, pipelines) and national security as it pertains to the Middle East and their dual effect on the future of America was mainly the conjoined topic from the stage.  Off stage, however, it was a time for friendships to be rekindled.  The younger set and the newcomers seemed to be in awe of so many ex- officials who once shaped history, and often still do in quieter ways.

Colleen Nunn & C. Boyden Gray (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Colleen Nunn & C. Boyden Gray

Just to name some of the more than 250 guests (and if one needs Google searches to find out their illustrious history and current jobs, go for it):

Lloyd and Ann Hand, Jane Harman, James Jones Jr., Chuck and Lynda Robb, William Sessions, William and Lynda Webster, Anthony “Tony” Williams, John Chapoton, William Cohen, John and Deborah Dingell, Barry Goldwater Jr., William and Dorothy McSweeney Jr., Maxine Champion, David and Barbara Pryor,  Sen. Mark Pryor, David Boren, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Sam Skinner, Tom Korologos, John Engler, David Abshire, Sen. Diane Feinstein, James Billington  and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

CSIS, a DC-based think-tank, will open its new headquarters overlooking Scott Circle in 2014, a multi-level building that will have the most modern of technology, social media presence, and conference space.

Andy Card at Points of Light brunch (Photo by: Natalia Janettti) Andy Card at Points of Light brunch

A guest of J. Willard Marriott Jr., was Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his absolutely beautiful wife, Ann, both of whom were gracious, charming and very approachable. Guests from both sides of the political aisle were eager to chat them up.

The Mondavi family attended and supplied the event with wines, including Isabel Mondavi’s Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Hangtime Chardonnay from California’s central coast.

Earlier in the day, C. Boyden Gray hosted a private informal breakfast brunch at his Georgetown home for Points of Light, a worldwide network of volunteers headed by CEO Michelle Nunn

The organization was inspired by the words and vision of President George H. W. Bush.  Among those attending were  former Cabinet official Andy Card;  David J. Albritton (VP & chief communications officer of Exelis Inc.)  and Mrs. Albritton;  journalist and former CNN president Tom Johnson; Brett Greene, D.C. lobbyist for multi-national corporations;  Judith Terra, chair of the D.C. Arts and Humanities Commission; and Sam and Colleen Nunn.


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