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June 23, 2008


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325 roadies (aka brokers and others) loaded into six buses Thursday for that great annual Real Tour 2008. This year they tooled by 34 DC properties, as usual meticulously navigated by the Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors. NoMa, Mt. Vernon, East End, West End—everything you could want to see, including stops at Tishman Speyer and ING buildings, and an inside tour of the ballpark.


These have to be the best dressed guests ever at Nats Park: Tishman Speyer's Dan Dooley, ING's James Dean, Jones Lang's Trip Howell, and Somerset Partners' Marshall Allan.  Somerset is the owner of JLL's new HQ at 1801 K (the one getting an all new curtain wall—they took the corner off just this weekend), and Marshall tells us the NYC-based investment firm is looking to scoop up other DC-area properties they can retrofit. As for Trip, a business suit is dressing down. Last weekend he was an hour south of London at the countryside wedding of client Charles Fairweather's son Edward (who interned for Trip six years ago and is now an investment broker at Knight Frank in London): The dress there was top hat and tails.


GWCAR president Tom Fulcher of Studley addressed the group before buses were boarded around 10AM for the four hour tour. If it were up to Tom, he'd have everyone take tours on bicycle, his preferred mode. This weekend, we happen to know, he did two group rides: 50 miles to Darnestown on Saturday and 40 miles around Potomac and DC on Sunday. Tom: You're president, you can change it!  (Of course, you might not get 325 riders.)


Event sponsor ING unveiled its new logo on the scoreboard, even though the lion's face looks kind of scary.


Triumphant tour guides:  JLL's Amy Bowser, Tishman's Amy Kaufman, Cassidy & Pinkard's Jonathan Wellborn, Jones Lang's Carroll Cavanagh, Akridge's Greg Tomasso, Boston Properties' Katie Sacripanti, Akridge's Katie Burton, JLL's Wil Stern, and Tishman's Scott Franklin. Congrats as usual to Katie, who's done this for years and has it down to a fine art.


Little did Cassidy & Pinkard's Will Simpson know that by sitting up front he'd be a natural for our camera. Veterans CBRE's Scott Frankel and JBG's Brian Fitzgerald know better and strategically chose mid-bus seats, but we see them anyway!



Considering Bisnow is the People magazine of the DC real estate scene, we couldn't pass up a visit with former Redskins "Secretary of Defense" Dexter Manley and new coach, er, boss, Ziggy Chelec of property management firm Zalco Realty. Dexter was a dream hire for the die-hard 'Skins fan when the two met at a trade show last year. Ziggy, who says he's loved the Skins since he was four, has been to all their Super Bowls and even tried bidding for the team before Dan Snyder bought in '99. So it's appropriate the former defensive end and two-time Super Bowler is heading up biz dev for the firm that manages over 130 properties here for clients like JBG, Anthony Lanier, and Ron Cohen.


Though reporter Stacey's hand is still throbbing from Dexter's handshake, the 6'3" giant is a friendly one. When he's not at Zalco, you'll find him working with his foundation, Dexter's Team, which focuses on illiteracy, parenting, and drug abuse treatment. As for his daily routine, Dexter says he's in bed every night by 7PM, up by 3AM to watch "Up to the Minute," at the gym by 4:30, and in the office 8:20.  When it comes to the red socks, Dexter says they're a tribute to the 'Skins; five years ago he decided to wear only red and hasn't varied since.



You’d think that’s what Martians live in, but one lucky family in McLean will one day get a green house of its own. Last week, WEST*GROUP broke ground on the first carbon-neutral home in the Mid-Atlantic with Fairfax-based homebuilder GreenSpur. Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, WEST*GROUP founder Jerry Halpin and colleague Donna Shafer, and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerry Connolly were on-site for the house that’s projected to use 70-80% less energy than a comparable new home. Cunningham Quill Architects is designing the 4 bedroom, 3.5bath, 3800 SF home, which includes geothermal heating and cooling, solar hot water, and photovoltaic electricity panels.


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