SELLERS: Michael Feldman and Savannah Guthrie
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
PRICE: $2.099 million
SIZE: 2,522 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A thoughtful informant we’ll call Bea Stinger let us know that, after unsuccessfully to sell late last year at $2.395 million, Democratic Party mover and shaker Michael Feldman relisted his 100-plus-year-old row house in Washington, D.C.’s historic Dupont Circle neighborhood with an asking price of $2.099 million. Property records show Mister Feldman, a public relations and communications consultant who was Vice President Al Gore’s traveling chief of staff during the 2000 election cycle, paid $950,000 for the four-floor residence in January 2003, some half of a dozen years before he hooked up with his wife, Savannah Guthrie, a former NBC News White House correspondent and since 2012 a co-anchor on the morning news and chat fest “Today.”
The Queen Anne meets Romanesque Revival row house, described in listing details as an “Updated, Dupont Grande Dame,” dates to 1910 and measures in at 2,522 square feet with four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms plus an integrated but separately metered one-bedroom and one-bathroom apartment on the partially subterranean garden level. There are restored wood floors and fireplaces in the both the living and dining rooms — the dining room fireplace sports a particularly elaborate, carved wood mantelpiece — and the kitchen features exposed brick walls, dark granite countertops, a bi-level center island with raised snack counter, and a built-in dining banquette. There are three bedrooms on the third floor — one of them with fireplace and another with a built-in bookshelves and media cabinet — and the uppermost level is given over entirely to a full-floor master suite that incorporates a bedroom with fireplace, small private terrace, and beige-tiled bathroom. The garden level apartment provides a living room with fireplace, tight but fully equipped galley kitchen with 600-bottle wine cellar, good-sized bedroom with another fireplace and an en suite bathroom. A small brick-paved backyard leads to an alley-accessible two-car parking and a roomy roof a deck has over-the-roof-tops wrap-around views.
In the mid- to late-aughts Mister Feldman’s row house was the site of at least a couple of post-White House correspondents’ dinner after-the-after-party parties written up in the papers and attended by a café-society style mélange of D.C. elite and showbiz folk like Rashida Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Jon Favreau, BJ Novak, and Huma Abedin. However, as he told the Washington Post, he’s ready to dump his D.C. digs because he spends most of his time in New York City where Miz Guthrie’s job is based and where, according to our research on Property Shark, in July 2012 he shelled out $3.8 million for a 2,681-square-foot, two-unit combination condominium with four bedrooms and four bathrooms in a mid-19th-century cast iron loft conversion in the Tribeca ‘hood.
Listing photos: Washington Fine Properties