This year, the Covid-19 pandemic upended our lives and had drastic impacts on the real estate industry, and most importantly, people's personal housing situations. With that in mind, UrbanTurf is wrapping up 2020 with an abbreviated Year-in-Review series.
Washington, DC is not a very active market when it comes to celebrities buying or listing residential real estate. However, 2020 was a year in which a few bold-faced names made real estate headlines in the region
Below, UrbanTurf takes a look back at some of those properties.
Dwight Howard Puts Massive Capitol Hill Loft on the Market
Dwight Howard's tenure with the Washington Wizards only lasted about a year, but while the seven-foot tall NBA player was in DC, he picked up one of UrbanTurf's favorite pieces of residential real estate.
Shortly after signing a contract with the Wizards in 2018, Howard purchased the 10,000 square-foot owner's loft at the Pierce School on Maryland Avenue NE (map). In January, UrbanTurf reported that the eight-time all star, now playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, listed the home for sale with Troy Patterson and Eric Nicholson of TTR Sotheby's International Realty.
Unit H at the top of the former school consists of a 5,600 square-foot main loft level and another 4,000 square foot floor above that. The living areas, bedrooms, restaurant-sized kitchen and office are all enormous former classrooms.
On the second level, there are four guest bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a 14-person movie theater (the seats came from the first class section of an old airplane) and an 800 square-foot roof deck.
The loft sold in July.
Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
Jeff Bezos Buys Another DC Home...The One Across the Street
In January, UrbanTurf learned that the founder of Amazon purchased the four-bedroom home at 2325 S Street NW (map). The home, listed for just under $5 million with Bobbie Brewster, Kimberly Casey and Daryl Judy of Washington Fine Properties, went under contract within two weeks of being listed in December 2019.
Bezos likely purchased the home because it sits directly across the street from the former Textile Museum, which he purchased for $23 million in 2016 and has renovated extensively over the last four years.
Reconfigured and renovated since it last sold in 2001, 2325 S Street NW has a four-level elevator, guest quarters, and a climate-controlled 700-bottle wine cellar, so it could make for a good guesthouse (for someone owns a museum-turned-home across the street).
Photo courtesy of HomeVisit.
Washington Nationals Pitcher Max Scherzer Lists McLean Home
In October, a year after the Washington Nationals won the World Series, Nats pitcher Max Scherzer put his McLean home on the market.
The move to list the home comes a few months after Scherzer purchased a $10 million home in Jupiter, Florida. Scherzer currently has one year left on the seven-year contract he signed with the Nationals in 2014.
The five-bedroom home in McLean was built in 2015 and has 250 feet of waterfront frontage and 180-degree views of the Potomac River. It is listed for $15 million with Wetherly Barker Hemeon and Karen Barker of TTR Sotheby's International Realty.
Photo by Anice Hoachlander.
Other 2020 Year in Review Articles:
- The Best Listing of 2020 (For the Mere Mortal)
- The Little Change in 2020 That Could Have a Big Impact on DC Alleys
- The Wildest Attempt in 2020 to Give Some of Virginia Back to DC
- The Best Plan to Deck Over a Street in DC
- The Best Listing of 2020 (For the Well-Paid Lobbyist)
- The Bill Proposed in 2020 That Could Have the Biggest Impact on Housing in the DC Region
See other articles related to: year in review 2020
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/bezos-scherzer-howard-the-year-in-celebrity-real-estate-in-dc/17685.
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