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November 14, 2007


Sponsor update: Arlington County is hot! The relocations of major companies BNA, Detica DFI and Corporate Executive Board will bring over 4,000 jobs and occupy over 1M SF of Class A space.

Old Town’s 70 acre Carlyle area (those tall red brick towers near Whole Foods) seems to be a PUD that keeps on giving.  Developer JM Zell is not only set to break ground on the 375k SF two-tower Carlyle Plaza One right after January 1, but the Alexandria City Council just told him they’d like to see plans for more density on 2.3 acres of the “east block” as well. 

We snapped this last week of Jeff Zell with Joe Henderson, chairman of the Alder Branch Realty investment firm that partners with him on Carlyle, on Jeff’s rooftop terrace at 1900 K Street.  Joe’s not only a longtime investor in buildings, but the one who sold his own DC house on Whitehaven St. to the Clintons in 2000.  Now he and his wife live at the family farm in Berryville, VA where they raise the rarest cows in the world, Randall Linebacks, and the only wild population of Native American Wild Brook Trout in the Shenandoah Valley.  He says that “for every square foot you lease in Carlyle, you’ll get a trout named in your honor.” 


In his office, Jeff points to what looks like a giant beetle, but it’s actually a puffer fish in the aquarium.  “We've checked on him every morning for the last six or seven years he’s been with us,” Jeff says.  “He’s a good luck charm.”  Ichthyophile and oenophile?  Since the holidays are coming up, we asked the wine buff to recommend his best standby for party hosts. His pick?  Williams Selyem Pinot Noir from California. 

We indulged our taste buds last night at the 3rd Annual Best Buddies “Life is Sweet” fundraiser at the Four Seasons in DC, where 24 local chefs teamed up with intellectually challenged students to create spectacular desserts.  Above, Eunice Shriver (for those of you below a certain age, we may need to remind you she’s President Kennedy’s sister) with Maryanne Mutty, Lorton Art’s Steve Mutty, and Jones Lang’s Carroll Cavanagh and Dave Bevirt.  

Old Town’s Restaurant Eve Chef-Owner, Cathal Armstrong, and his buddy Natalie.

Also last night, we joined West*Group’s Wayne Hoffman, CBRE’s Meredith LaPier, West*Group’s Mark Lowham, Donna Shafer, and John Gerber at West*Group’s broker party in the Dickenson building in Tysons.  More than 150 brokers sipped blue martinis and took a peek at their Tysons portfolio – they’re the biggest Tysons land owner by multiples with a whopping 142 acres!

SmithGroup was named Firm of the Year by the Washington Architectural Foundation (AIA) for all its community service.  We caught up with Brian Reilly, Hal Davis, Craig St. Clair, Melissa Engers, Jennifer Wallen, Deanna Buckner, Elaine Gray, Rennie Grant, Debbie Straus, and Brian Martin at their 1850 K St. office.  Employees participated in everything from an AIDS walk to bowling for cancer in addition to the usual charities like the JDRF games.   

We went to Cafritz's office the other day to join in a party for Regina Mullins (formerly of Cushman and current prez-elect of IREM). Even though Cafritz has been around since 1925, they're hitting a growth spurt: Regina is flanked by Dan Rourke and new Cafritz head, Carlton Diehl.   

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