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June 30, 2008

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We don't want you to think this has become a Bob Kettler newsletter, despite the fact we're starting out with two pictures of him here at the top. But we figure we haven't covered multi-family enough lately, so what the heck, we'll double-down.


Things have come full circle where the real estate crowd (Kettler founder Bob Kettler, left) and techies (AOL Vice Chairman and Caps Owner Ted Leonsis) dress alike. We saw them Friday night at the E Street Cinemas for the debut of Ted's latest documentary, a hit at Sundance, called "Kicking It," which follows down-on-their-luck folks from several countries who use their soccer skills to compete for a "Homeless World Cup." The point of the movie is you can kick drugs and alcohol and anger by channeling energies into sport. "It all starts with a ball," Ted says.


On the other hand, you can tell the generations apart by the jacket.  Bob's son Forest, 22, named after his grandfather, started a week ago in the family business after graduating with a business major from BU, and is training in finance and property management. Despite the downturn in single family, Bob reminds us it's a great time for apartments: They own 10,000 of them, manage another 5,000, and build one to two thousand more a year. As for houses, Bob says in areas that have seen big price declines already, things are looking up: He says he's seen a surge of sales of starter homes in Prince William. And, in another tea leaf, they've sold 27 condos at West Village at Shirlington in the last seven weeks.



What, you don't know the TOBY awards? Stands for "The Office Building of the Year" (we think), and we were on hand as they were given out at lunch Friday at the JW Marriott by the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metro Washington (AOBA). It was a big day Vornado: In addition to winning in the 250k to 499k SF category, its 1700 K won the Grand TOBY award, ie, the best submittal among all the buildings entered. Above, Vornado's Deidre Schexnayder, Mike Via, Ellsworth Walker, John Repshis, Maggie Chapman, Mike Hood, COO Patrick Tyrrell, and Kathy Guy flash celebratory smiles at the luncheon for 300. Patrick told us he's heading to Mitchell Schear's place in the Hamptons with Laurie Kramer, Jim Creedon, and Chief Leasing Officer Brendan Owen later this summer for their annual executive retreat.


Brookfield was another big winner: Catherine Kucsan, Arnie Wallace, Michael Messineo, Kristie Kim, Crystal Urrutra, and Randy Lambert celebrate a win in the 100k-249k SF category for Two Ballston Plaza. 


CBRE took home the prize in the Corporate Facility category for the American Psychological Association's HQ at 750 First Street, NE. Above, CBRE's Leilani Regan, Mike Keely, Kathy Nettle, Mary Jo Eaton, Judy Agee, Pat Chroniger, Michael Newhouse, David Darling, and Kelly Enright. They also won Medical Office Building for the Suburban Outpatient Medical Center on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda.


Transwestern's Pat McHugh, Marc Fisher, and Pernell Leamon received accolades in the Suburban Office Park low-rise category for Capital Gateway in Bethesda.


Truth be told, this group won LAST year, but we're going to let them rest on their laurels and snap a pic anyway, because they're so darn photogenic: Akridge's Libbie Love, Mary Alice O'Halloran, Gail Seekins, Danielle Jones, Jenn Laforest, Blair Peterson, Katie Crawford, and Todd Anderson. (They won in the 100k-249k SF category for The Hartford Building on Wilson in Arlington.)


No, this isn't a product placement for Dasani. We went to the Nats game Saturday night and ran into John and Mary Kane. He's the founder of Office Movers, and deserved some recreation: They did a big internal move this weekend for Morrison & Foerster (not that John loads the boxes personally). Don't be jealous of their wonderful perch here in the President's Club. 30 minutes after this was taken, they along with 39,000 others had to scamper as the heavens opened up with sheets of rain, and eventually the Nats lost to the 0's 9-1. But the Dasani was good.


Last night, 1600 turned out to the Marriott Wardman Park for the Restaurant Awards of Greather Washington. The envelope, please:

Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year: Hank's Oyster Bar
Hottest Bar Scene of the Year: Central Michel Richard
Power Spot of the Year: The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Voters' Choice Restaurant of the Year: The Monocle
New Restaurant of the Year: The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Equinox
Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Poste Brasserie
Chef of the Year: Eric Ziebold, CityZen
Restaurant Employee of the Year: Joel Guagliano, Zaytinya
Pastry Chef of the Year: Heather Chittum, Hook
Wine and Beverage Program of the Year: Passion Food
Restaurant Manager of the Year: Molly McWhorter, Chef Geoff's Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Barton Seaver, Hook

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