- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Name: John T. Mahshie

Company: Tutt, Taylor & Rankin Sotheby’s International Realty

Address: 1410 Q St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

Phone: 202/271-3132

Fax: 202/265-3607

E-mail: [email protected] realty.com

Web site: www.mahshie andturnergroup.com

Year started: 2002

How did you get started in real estate? Given that architecture was my primary interest and that it was too late to go back to school after 12 years of practicing law, I became a real estate agent.

How long with the current company? Five years

Licenses: Real estate sales in the District of Columbia and Virginia

Associations: National Association of Realtors, Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors

Awards: Top selling individual producer in 2005 and 2006

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: Working with four individual homeowners who decided to list all four houses as one parcel. It is an exquisite compound in Forest Hills, which is currently being offered for $10,600,000. All four owners have been delightful to work with.

What is your area of specialty? Forest Hills, Crestwood, 16th Street Heights, Brightwood and Petworth

Highest-priced home sold: $3,880,000

Most memorable house: It was a house on Chesterfield Lane in Forest Hills designed by Travis Price Architects. The buyers connected so profoundly with the interior space that it was an incredibly satisfying experience. Also, it was one of the most interesting residences in Washington.

Worst experience: One particularly challenging situation involved the listing of a very fine house in my neighborhood. It was impressive in that it had so many original details from the period that it was in virtually house-museum condition. The owner had lived in the house for 35 years and raised her family in it, which naturally made it a repository for several generations’ worth of personal effects, collections and memorabilia.

The homeowner suggested that we put the house on the market as I found it. After four months of sorting through furniture and furnishings, contacting her children to take away things that they had saved, having a three-day estate sale, painting the entire interior of the house, having the floors refinished, the windows washed, tile and fixtures reglazed, and having the yard landscaped, we were ready to put the house on the market.

In the end, the homeowner’s children were amazed by how everything looked and we were all very proud of the listing.

Age: 46

Education: Bachelor of science, Georgetown University, 1981; master of science in foreign service, Georgetown University, 1983; juris doctor, Syracuse University, 1989; master of public administration, Syracuse University, 1989.

Community affiliations/community service: Crestwood Neighborhood Association; Crestwood Neighborhood League

Last book read: “The Ten Books on Architecture,” by Vitruvius

Last movie seen: “Notes on a Scandal”

What kind of car do you drive? BMW 325 Convertible

What is your personal dream house? It’s a Spanish colonial revival built in 1926, and I’m living in it.

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