INSIDE STORIES BEHIND AREA REAL ESTATE DEALS
Artist Jim Dine is looking to leave his longtime Washington studio, socked away on 5.2 wooded acres. While not really a family home, Dine's property will be of interest to other artists who are in the market for a quiet space for work and solitude: At 3,100 square feet, it includes one bedroom and one-and-a-half baths, along with a kitchen and great room, which has served as the painting studio. Best known for pop-art assemblages that "draw on the grit of the everyday...incorporating discarded clothing, bedsprings, and other trash" (we're quoting the Guggenheim here), Dine, now 71, owns homes in Manhattan and Paris. His Washington property is listed for $595,000 with Carolyn Klemm of Klemm Real Estate (860-868-7313).
Now That's Entertainment
Plenty of properties are advertised as "great for entertaining," but when we asked realtors to identify the amenities that can really make a party jump, the consensus was clear: large, open spaces with one dramatic feature. This could be a circular staircase or cathedral ceiling; easy access to outdoor patios and terraces, preferably with a drop-dead gorgeous pool; a wet bar or two; a butler's pantry and/or lots of parking. Conversely, buzz-kill homes are hampered by small, secluded kitchens; poor flow between dining and living rooms; and gardens that are more accommodating to plants than people, with few places to sit or even stand. Here are a couple of the properties to which we'd like to be invited.