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I saw this one on Curbed a few weeks back and decided it deserved the estate of the day treatment over here if only for the rather unique decorative touches. As Curbed pointed out, this one has a variety of interesting features, not the least of which is a quote from Homer's Odyssey on the risers in the entrance gallery. This over 10,000 square foot Dupont Circle mansion has a total of eight bedrooms and was used as a bed and breakfast. The Artists Inn Residence Bed and Breakfast had six theme rooms: Da Vinci, Dali, Hepburn, Ellington, Mozart and Shakespeare. There are a total of 13 fireplaces and the building has an elevator, five-car parking and a private outdoor terrace. It's a little quirky but it's great space that could be turned back into a family home once some of the theme details were removed. This one is listed at $15.5 million.
Gallery: R Street
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I would have guessed that the Washington D.C. home belonging to the late Senator Ted Kennedy and his wife Victoria would have sold quickly but it has been on the market since last January with no sale in sight. Now the home's price has been reduced to $6.995 million (when it was first on the market the price wasn't listed but it was expected to be in the $8 million range). The six-bedroom home was purchased in 1998 for $2.775 million and is located in the genteel Kalorama neighborhood. It has a classic facade with a rather White-House-like entrance complete with a columned portico and a hanging lamp over the front door.
The elegant home has a stately feel. The living room has cream colored decor and paintings reflecting the Kennedy love of the ocean. A long sun room has fan windows and a few Kennedy pictures on a table but the room that appeals most is Kennedy's narrow wood-paneled library which features a fireplace. The home includes an eat-in kitchen and a home gym set up with an Endless Pool. Mrs. Kennedy isn't leaving Washington, she has purchased a smaller three bedroom in the area for $1.65 million.
Gallery: Victoria Kennedy in Washington D.C.
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Today's home is perfect for a Washington D.C. mover and shaker. The 1930s Tudor mansion is located in the Wesley Heights neighborhood and has been gracefully renovated. The nine-bedroom home is on just over a half an acre of land which includes a guest house, swimming pool and deck. The home has a total of 12,500 interior square feet. The main home has a large kitchen, family room, a formal dining room, a large living room and a library that feels like a secret hideaway. The master suite uses the entire north portion of the second floor and has his and hers baths, dressing rooms, expansive closets and a secondary staircase. The lower level has a theater room, home gym, and full staff quarters. The two-bedroom guest house is connected by both an exterior breezeway and a lower level hallway and has a full kitchen and a spa room with a hot tub. The home also has two attached garages with room for three cars as well as exterior parking for at least nine more cars. It is listed at $8.995 million.
Gallery: Garfield Street
Filed under: Spas
We recently have become devoted to this treatment, which burns 400 to 600 calories per session and is safe enough to use daily. The process is easy - one simply lays inside the dome, a rather coffin-like device that slides up almost to the user's neck. A super-absorbent towel is placed on top of the dome's spongy padding ... because we guarantee you'll sweat ... profusely.
Unlike a regular sauna, the Dome only reaches temperatures of 110 - 140 degrees Farenheit, but it uses infrared technology to penetrate 1.5 to two inches beneath the skin's surface, generating a subcutaneous sweat that doesn't dehydrate but purges toxins from the body at a significantly higher rate than a regular sauna session.
And, because your head and face is outside the Dome, you won't feel nearly as hot.
The sauna may also have health benefits - D.C. area spa owner Amy Boyce of PureSkin (the only D.C. area spa to carry the Dome) says that her mother used the Dome daily after being diagnosed with unhealthy levels of mercury in her system. After a month of regular treatments, she was completely healed.
So here's to being both healthy - and happy with your weight - this holiday season.
The black-tie event begins with a series of dinners hosted by embassies throughout the city, followed by entertainment, dancing and desserts at the Chinese chancery. The ball is the Washington National Opera's most significant annual fundraiser. Opera Ball packages (embassy dinner and Ball) start at $1,000 per guest, and sponsorship packages start at $5,000.
Yesterday, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History unveiled its latest addition to the National Gem Collection, the Cullinan Diamond Necklace - a piece dating back to 1910 and boasting a history nearly as rich as its famous neighbor, the Hope Diamond.
A 30-carat piece is crafted in the Edwardian style, and boasts a unique structure which allows it to be worn as both brooch and necklace. The centerpiece stone is a large 2.6 carat "fancy blue" diamond with a chain of smaller blue and white diamond pieces.
Jeff Post, curator of the collection, calls the piece "very important ... people get a little bit jaded here [with the Hope Diamond so close by] but there's no where else in the world you can go [to see two such diamonds together."
Giorgio Gucci made his first visit to Washington yesterday as part of a forum discussion entitled "Intellectual Property Rights in the Fashion Industry and Its Effects on Our Nation's Economy." Gucci, descendant of the famous Gucci dynasty, is the third generation of Gucci heirs that began with his grandfather, Guccio, who established the Gucci House of design in 1905. Panelists included Caroyl Miller, deputy textile negotiator from the U.S. Trade Representative Office, Jean Bonilla, director of the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement and Steve Hicks, director of trade policy and agreement at the office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
A rare chance to go behind the scenes at the Smithsonian will be offered October 20-23. Smithsonian Journeys has announced the "Celebrate Smithsonian" event in which participants will meet Smithsonian curators and staff, explore Smithsonian collections not on public view, attend private demonstrations and the newest exhibitions and enjoy exclusive dinners with Smithsonian staff in museum galleries.
The program begins with a private gala reception and dinner at the Smithsonian "Castle" building. Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture, will welcome participants and give an overview of the Smithsonian's colorful past and present. The next two days will focus on Smithsonian collections in storage and on display. Museum staff will lead tours through the Museum Support Center, a high-tech home to more than 54 million artifacts, where scholars work on the research and conservation of some of the nation's treasures. At the National Museum of American History, curator of musical instruments Kenneth Slowik will how priceless instruments from the collection and demonstrate their rich tones.
The natural-based line offers a slew of skincare products for men and women alike based on treatments available at their flagship Forever Laser Institut, located just off the Rue du Rhone, the city's most elite shopping street.
We've been longtime fans of the brand's products - they maintain a flagship product store in Washington, DC and sell to several area spas - but were curious about the spa services. Was the Swiss experience going to be that much more phenomenal? Devoted testers we are, an appointment was made.
The spa boasts a distinctly modern vibe, with glowing lights in the spa's signature purple, blue and green colors and sleek, more than plush, chairs, in the waiting room. In keeping with the spa's medical-grade treatments, many of the pamphlets available for our perusal highlighted signature treatments involving lasers, including laser hair removal and Cryolipolysis (CoolSculpting), a new method of fat removal that literally freezes away trouble spots. Currently, Forever Laser Institut boasts the distinction of being the only Geneva spa to offer this treatment, developed by MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital.
This year, "Ritzy" the VID (Very Important Duck) opted for a tall planter, located in the hotel's courtyard area off the main lobby. Hotel Security provided 24-hour service and offered velvet ropes and stanchions to keep curious guests at bay.
To ease Mama Ritzy's concerns during pregnancy, the hotel's "Just Ducky" Concierge issued a standard operating procedure to hotel staff - as per Ritzy's preferences, she was to enjoy only Ritz-Carlton bottled water and absolutely no "people food" to ensure that her figure would remain slim and healthy. During her daily lunch walks and swims with "Baby Daddy Duck," Ritzy's nest was monitored by a security camera and extra staffer. During the final days before hatching, Ritzy opted to enjoy gourmet organic duck pellets to ensure that she could rest in comfort as well as have food for her new ducklings at the ready.
When Ritzy and her ducklings are ready to leave the nest, they will enjoy red carpet treatment - a specially-designed duck crate will be placed into one of the hotel's private sedans for transportation to her permanent home in a nearby park.
To honor Ritzy's delivery, the staff at the hotel bar, Degrees Bar & Lounge, brought back her signature cocktail - The Duck Duck Goose - made with Grey Goose L'orange, pineapple juice and a splash each of grenadine and Sprite. And, out of respect for the nesting mother, the hotel has also opted to temporarily remove all duck-based menu items from the restaurants.
The Georgian Revival home was built in 1907. Interior designer Elizabeth Martin whipped an interior that combines classic decor with pops of whimsey and color. The Real Estalker Mama didn't seem to be wild about the look but I think it does a nice job of combining the personalities of the couple, the more serious and cerebral husband and the equally smart but more whimsical wife. The family room's sedate brown paneled walls get a lift from bookshelves lined in orange and a spider-like overhead light. The home has a sunny but narrow kitchen with a huge television where one might expect an oven hood. This home is listed at $6.35 million.
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The new pricing has studios starting at $227,000 and prices top out at a three-bedroom penthouse for $1 million. Originally prices for the loft style condos started in the low $300,000s. The Floridian is two eight-story towers, made of stainless steel, colored glass and limestone with10-foot exposed concrete ceilings, exposed ductwork, floor-to-ceiling windows, granite countertops, maple and bamboo floors, designer lighting and balconies in select units. The community also has underground parking and a shared rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the Capitol, the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral. The development is FHA approved, "so down payments as low as 3.5 percent are possible."
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Today's home is in the quiet neighborhood of Forest Hills in Washington DC. This seven-bedroom home was built in 1927 in a Spanish Eclectic style which shows in the curving iron front door metal work. The home combines Mediterranean style with a classic touch shown in the graceful lines of the home. The home's muted cream-colored palette creates a soft impression. Large public rooms and both a chef's kitchen and a service kitchen make this home a natural for entertaining. It belongs to Washington news personality Barbara Harrison Pyle and some of her Emmys are on display in one of the bedrooms. The home is on over an acre of land that includes a swimming pool. It is listed at $7.5 million.
Gallery: Forest Hills
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The Toutorsky Mansion has to be one of the most interesting properties in Washington D.C. It's a brick-and-limestone neo-Belgian mansion built in the 1890s for Supreme Court justice, Henry Billings Brown. Brown occupied the house until he died in 1913. The home later operated as the Persian Legation and then as the headquarters of the American Zionist Organization. After that it was bought by Basil and Maria Toutorsky and operated as the Toutorsky Academy of Music.In 1988 it was donated to the Peabody Conservatory of Music at The John Hopkins University but sold a few years later. Lately the 17,000 square-foot home has served as a bed and breakfast with five guest rooms. The mansion is full of beautiful carved wood griffins, crystal chandeliers, monumental fireplaces and stained glass details. It is now listed for sale for $5.75 million.
Gallery: Toutorsky Mansion