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Washington Fine Properties Completes Sale of the Ambassador Bruce House

July 14, 2013

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Washington Fine Properties (WFP) has announced the sale of what was once the Ambassador Bruce House, an architectural masterpiece in the heart of Georgetown. The grand and historic home was listed for $8.995 million.

The circa 1815 brick Federal was originally constructed by Clement and Walter Smith, who were most known for the creation of Smith Row. Ambassador David K. E. Bruce and his wife, Evangeline Bell, occupied the home before and after he served as envoy to France, Germany, Great Britain and NATO. Evangeline became a legendary hostess in Georgetown and was considered to be one of the best dressed women in the world. Their grand entertaining made the house a highpoint on Washington’s social scene.

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The late Curtin Winsor lived in the house with his wife, Deborah, and three children until his death in December of 2012. Curtin was the Founder of the Bank of Georgetown and served on the board of several business and philanthropic organizations. The Winsors tastefully transformed the 11,000 square foot home to accommodate a modern lifestyle while protecting its authentically antique character.

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The grand 34-foot ballroom, added by Ambassador and Mrs. David Bruce during their lengthy ownership for grand entertaining, is now a drawing room. The space boasts 12-foot ceilings, three large Jefferson windows that open fully to the garden, and a large fireplace. The property also features a guest house, a greenhouse and an original detached smokehouse.

The spectacular grounds were designed by landscape architect Rose Greely (1887-1969) and include mature specimen plantings, vintage boxwoods, a heated pool and an expansive terrace. The two-level garden is one of the largest and most important gardens in Georgetown.

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The elegant and historic home has been featured in the pages of several publications including Architectural Digest, House & Garden, Washington Life Magazine and the Washington Post. In 2010, it was the host to the Georgetown House Tour Patron’s Party.

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Washington Fine Properties represented both sides of the transaction. Eileen McGrath and Jamie Peva represented the seller, while Joanne Pinover represented the purchaser.

“In 20 years of focusing on upper bracket Georgetown homes, this has always been my favorite,” said listing agent Jamie Peva.

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Yoga in the Park

June 2, 2013

Stressed?  Frazzled?  Ready to get your om on?  Come join the Georgetown Business Association (GBA) for Yoga in the Park on Wednesday, June 5th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. 

Bring your mat and enjoy a class taught by Down Dog Power Yoga in the Georgetown Waterfront Park located at the intersection of Wisconsin & K Streets, NW (across from Georgetown Floor Coverings). 

Classes will be held on June 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th   with all instruction provided by Down Dog Power Yoga.  All attendees will receive a complimentary Frrrozen Hot Chocolate drink card from Serendipity3, as well as a complimentary water bottle from the GBA.

Namaste means,  'May the goodness in me see the goodness in you.'  The GBA encourages everyone from residents, business owners, busy professionals, and service workers to take an hour to practice yoga; relaxing your mind; stretching your body; and connecting with the community. 

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Bike to Work May 17

May 15, 2013

Save the date for Bike to Work Day 2013!

On Friday, May 17th, Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association invites you to join over 10,000 area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work.

From 7:30 to 9:30 am, bike to Georgetown's pit stop at the Waterfront Park (K Street & Wisconsin Avenue NW) and receive a free t-shirt, enjoy refreshments and more. Click here to register, details and a map to Georgetown's pit stop. 202.298.9222

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