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September 16, 2008

Reminder: The Bisnow Happy Hour is tonight!  Co-hosted by Capitol Riverfront and JPI at The Jefferson at the corner Half Street and I Street SE next to the Nats ballpark. Use the Navy Yard metro stop. Free parking across the street.  See location here.


Thank goodness some parties were scheduled in advance of the Wall Street meltdown so there was at least one pocket of good cheer (and food) in town last night. We were at the Kennedy Center roof terrace for Monday Properties' official launch of 1812 N. Moore, the 35-floor Rosslyn, 580k SF skyscraper due in 2011. Also on hand: three hundred brokers and friends, great views of Rosslyn across the river, a Smart Car raffle, pocket video cameras for everyone, and humongous frosted cookies we stuffed in our pocket and actually had for breakfast this morning. 


Monday Chief Development officer and Washington head Tim Helmig, Cushman vice chairman Audrey Cramer and colleague Dave Millard, and Monday founder Anthony Westreich and wife Dale. A superstar Cushman team led by Audrey and including Dave, Lou Christopher and Peter Berk has been engaged to find white- shoe tenants for 1812. In other news, Audrey played RTJ for the first time ever this weekend—and shot a "70 net" (we think that means against her handicap). Lucky for Monday, the leasing skills of the "queen of Waterview" (who leased that whole building to the Corporate Executive Board) are just as good.  

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Winner!  Paul Ehrenreich of Cresa Partners shows off the keys to the Smart Car he won at the raffle, congratulated by Monday's John Wharton. Paul says it's black and arriving later today, and that he looked into Smart Cars this morning online and sees they're going for twice the retail price on eBay because of the year-long wait. He's excited about driving one, but notes the irony: they were a four car, four driver family, but with his kids in college, he'd jettisoned two of the cars and spent "much of the last year on the phone" with his insurance broker changing policies. At Cresa, Paul handles the big national BAE Systems account and just did a deal locally with Monday for two floors at 1101 Wilson. By the way, a good thing Paul skipped the Red Sox-Devil Rays game he'd been planning to watch: The winner needed to be present.


Jones Lang's Nick Hunter, Cresa's Gene Sachs, and CB's Scott Frankel. Nick's just back from hometown Memphis for a Labor Day vacay, and is new to JLL after the merger with Staubach, where he'd been six years doing tenant rep. He was with the Tishman Speyer young broker group at the 'Skins game Sunday, that we wrote about yesterday, and tells us they were all "going nuts" after the 4th quarter interception that led the burgundy and gold to unexpected victory. On the cultural side, he went with colleagues Bob Peck and Doug Damron to the Building Museum Saturday night for David Schwarz Architects' 30th anniversary party. Scott's keeping busy coaching his 12 year old son's baseball team at BCC. 


Look, no ties! Jones Lang pillar of trophy leases Trip Howell, center, holds his tie in his hand to prove to new colleagues from Staubach that JLL is not "as formal" as they might have thought. We assume he will also start going unshaken. Meanwhile, Ken Patton, right, tells us he spent the weekend drywalling the garage after, ahem, his wife (on her cell phone) brought the car in just a little too far. Tucker Farman, from Philly and previously an attorney at Ballard Spahr, also left his tie behind this weekend on a tour of Virginia wine country; he recommends La Grange and Three Foxes.


CB's Steve Hoffeditz, Cushman's Ali Baklee, Cassidy's Spencer Stouffer, and Cushman's Jude Collins.  As if Steve's two kids aren't keeping him busy, he tells us another's on the way in March. This was clearly athletes' corner: Ali did a half-marathon on Labor Day, and we all know Jude played professional lacrosse for the Washington Bay Hawks (a real job, not like being a partying broker) before hanging up his spikes two years ago. Sportsman Spence just returned from a "top producers" trip to Sea Island, Ga., where he snagged some red fish and trout, though he declined to say whether they might have been small enough to throw back.


Grubb & Ellis' Warren Amanson and Akridge's Ben Meisel. Warren vacationed a week and a half in Alaska in August with wife, goddaughter, and 22-year old son and says they actually heard people talking about how popular the governor was. (We believe he was either on a secret McCain advance mission or part of the Democratic counter-insurgency squad; who else talks about governors on vacation?) He just wrapped a lease of 37k feet at Boston Properties South of Market in Reston Town Center for client Metron, a high end government consultant.


Anthony thanked the staff standing next to the podium for helping draw attention to the front of the room when he spoke.

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