- The Washington Times - Friday, July 11, 2008

Susan Gray Chambers

Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Address: 310 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703/203-9900

Fax: 877/803-6554

E-mail address: schambers@cbmove.com

Web site: www.cbmove.com/Susan.Chambers

Year started: 1994

How did you get started in real estate? I was a sales executive for Giorgio Armani, which required constant travel, and when my second child was born, I wanted a home-based business. I started investing in real estate, which lead me to a full-time career as a Realtor.

How long with the current company? I started in the business in 1994 with Rector Associates, an Old Town boutique firm that was acquired by Pardoe & Graham, which was subsequently purchased by Coldwell Banker. Technically, I have been with the same firm for 14 years.

Licenses and designations: Virginia Real Estate License; Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, Lifetime Top Producer and member of its Lifetime Million Dollar Club; International Presidents Elite; Previews International Specialist; Virginia Association of Realtors

Awards: 2007 Largest Company Transaction in the Mid-Atlantic region; 2007 No. 2 Coldwell Banker Agent, Old Town Alexandria Office; 2007 No. 3 Coldwell Banker Agent, Income Production, Mid-Atlantic region

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Personally, taking the time to be No. 1 mom to my two children and a good wife and partner to my husband while succeeding in a challenging market. Professionally, listing and selling the highest-priced home in Fairfax County during a tough market and, more important, making my clients’ home dreams come true.

Area of specialty: Northern Virginia luxury estates, Old Town Alexandria historic properties, Waterfront estates and land, and the Mason Neck peninsula.

Highest-priced home sold: $10,400,000 in 2007, an estate on the Potomac River

Most memorable house: A unique home in Alexandria that I sold to a builder; it needed total renovation. We transformed the property into a little piece of paradise and sold it for the highest-priced home at that time. The real reason it was so memorable is the builder became my fiance while completing the project.

Worst experience buying or selling a house: While selling a home in Old Town, I arrived at the walk-through with my buyer an hour before settlement to find the seller sitting in the kitchen in her bathrobe eating breakfast, not one box packed, the clueless listing agent nowhere to be found. My buyer had already moved out and settled on her house, and her furniture was on a truck. Deep breath and problem solved: an Old Town hotel, storage facility and a very creative contract addendum at settlement.

Age: 50 and proud of it

Family: Married in 2004 to Ty Chambers; three children: Alexandra, 22; Zachary, 17; and Amanda, 27

Pets: Two American rat terriers, Petey and Maggy

Education: Mount Vernon College, Washington; business administration and marketing and management, 1978

Outside interests: Relaxing with family and friends cruising the Chesapeake Bay on our sport yacht; gardening; and cooking with my daughter, Alexandra

Last book read: “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne

Last movie seen: “John Adams”

What kind of car do you drive? 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL450

Describe your personal dream house: A casual and relaxed waterfront home overlooking the Potomac River with beautiful gardens, a private escape hidden away at the tip of the Mason Neck peninsula, far from the daily hustle and bustle of it all. I am blessed to be living in it.

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