For a couple of weeks, conversations in Georgetown hummed about soon-to-be first daughter Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner looking for a home in Georgetown, especially on the east side of town, where the orthodox synagogue Kesher Israel is at 28th and N Streets NW — and given the fact that Ivanka spent her first two years of college at Georgetown University.
Georgetown insider Carol Joynt, founder of Q&A Cafe, mused with others about Ivanka’s leasing a home in Georgetown — and one with “a green door.” “Good luck,” Joynt concluded. (Even CNN called the Georgetowner Newspaper inquiring.) All this talk, despite Georgetown’s limited inventory of houses suited for the protection of high-profile persons.
Well, it was indeed all for naught. Washingtonian Magazine reported Jan. 3 that the Kushner couple has chosen Kalorama, an even more upscale neighborhood than Georgetown: “Washington Fine Properties agent William F.X. Moody tells Washingtonian that Ivanka Trump has completed a deal for a house in D.C. Moody was part of a team of agents that represented Trump. He says Washington Fine Properties also represented the house’s owner in the transaction. Moody would not disclose the house’s location, citing contractual obligations to his client not to share that information.”
Washingtonian also reported, “However, multiple real-estate sources say Trump and husband Jared Kushner will move into 2449 Tracy Place NW in Kalorama. That will put the couple less than two blocks from the Obamas, who will reportedly move here post-White House.” The Obamas are moving to Belmont Road. (Already the White House dogs, Bo and Sunny, have been seen being walked in neighborhood, one TV reporter said.)
The six-bedroom house sold on Dec. 22 for $5.5 million, according to Washingtonian, though it is unclear whether Trump and Kushner bought it or will rent it from the recent buyer.
Washington Fine Properties also brokered both sides for the home on Woodland Drive NW in Massachusetts Avenue Heights that belonged to businesswoman and philanthropist Adrienne Arsht. Commerce secretary nominee Wilbur Ross is under contract on the $12-million estate, UrbanTurf first reported.
According to Washingtonian, Moody told the magazine that Treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin also bought a house in Massachusetts Avenue Heights — and that Washington Fine Properties brokered both sides of that deal, too.