Buffy Cafritz was identified for throwing a fantastic party. No matter whether it was 1 of her grand inauguration soirees or an sophisticated supper social gathering at her Bethesda, Md., household, Buffy was, as Roxanne Roberts wrote in The Washington Submit immediately after her dying previous calendar year, “one of the past excellent hostesses.”
Buffy and her spouse, real estate developer William N. Cafritz, a nephew of Washington enterprise leaders and benefactors Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz, “welcomed politicians, diplomats, Supreme Court docket justices, lecturers and many others [into the home]. She valued charm, wit and kindness, and experienced tiny time for people today who took themselves far too seriously or experienced no feeling of humor,” Roberts wrote. Monthly bill Cafritz died in 2014.
The initial inaugural occasion was in 1985, next the reelection of President Ronald Reagan, whom the Cafritzes had entertained in their dwelling. Whilst the inaugural get-togethers have been held through 2001 at the Jockey Club in the Fairfax Hotel on Massachusetts Avenue NW in D.C. and afterwards at other motels, the residence in the Bradley Hills neighborhood was the site of many A-list Washington events.
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In 2018, when Earl “Rusty” Powell stepped down as the director of the Countrywide Gallery of Artwork, one of many beneficiaries of Buffy Cafritz’s philanthropy, she feted him at her property. The party’s guest record integrated Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), former Kennedy Center chairman Jim Johnson, Librarian of Congress emeritus James Billington, Ann Jordan, Barbara Allbritton, Maureen Scalia and Clarice Smith.
A social gathering at the property in 1972 incorporated actor Paul Henreid, who played Victor Laszlo in “Casablanca” actress Agnes Moorehead, who was Endora on the tv collection “Bewitched” Ricardo Montalbán, who was Mr. Roarke on the tv collection “Fantasy Island” and Edward Mulhare, who was Professor Higgins in the primary Broadway generation of “My Reasonable Girl.” Surveying the throng at the Cafritz property, Montalbán advised The Publish that it was “like Hollywood get-togethers applied to be.”
The Cafritzes bought the 1944 Georgian-fashion home in 1958 from William R. Teunis, and they are thought to be only the 2nd house owners. In 35 a long time as a Washington optician, Teunis equipped eyeglasses for President Harry S. Truman and other substantial-position government officials.
In the early 1970s, the Cafritzes brought in renowned interior designer Albert Hadley of Parish-Hadley to redesign the residence. Elizabeth Stamp wrote in Architectural Digest in 2015 that “few companies have had a bigger impact on the interior design planet than Parish-Hadley. The partnership among Sister Parish and Albert Hadley affected American decor for much more than three a long time.”
By relocating the front doorway, Hadley produced an entry hall. He also extra on to the still left side of the home, devising a new dwelling room that Architectural Digest described as “large more than enough to accommodate the Washington elite who flock to the elaborate dinner dances and informal evenings which make the name Cafritz synonymous with entertaining on a grand scale.”
The renovation was showcased in the March/April 1975 challenge of Architectural Digest.
“It is a household without having methods,” Hadley advised Architectural Digest. “But it does have a top quality of fantasy about it.”
The house has been extra on to due to the fact Hadley’s renovation. The bay window that Hadley moved to frame the patio and birch trees, no more time faces the outside. Now it faces the sunroom, which opens to the backyard. Aside from the 3 partitions of home windows, an huge skylight floods the room with organic gentle.
Concerning the residing home and the sunroom is a relatives space with a fireplace, 1 of 4 in the dwelling. A formal dining home, the kitchen area and a visitor suite are also on the major level.
The owner’s suite, on the 2nd level, has two dressing rooms and two bathrooms. This stage also has two much more bedrooms and an office. An elevator runs amongst the very first and 2nd flooring.
The major and reduced amounts each have a bed room with an en suite bathroom. The reduced stage also has an training area and an place of work.
The grounds, which are just more than an acre, are surrounded by experienced trees. The stone path from the patio qualified prospects to a swimming pool and a gazebo. The round driveway and motor courtroom have parking for 10 vehicles.
The six-bedroom, seven-lavatory, 8,100-square-foot property is shown at just underneath $2.9 million.
- Bedrooms/bathrooms: 6/7
- Approximate sq.-footage: 8,100
- Great deal measurement: 1.08 acre
- Functions: The 1944 Georgian-design and style property in the Bradley Hills community was the longtime residence of Washington philanthropists Buffy and Monthly bill Cafritz. It has been the web-site of a lot of A-record Washington parties around the yrs. Experienced trees encompass the grounds, supplying privateness. There is a swimming pool, a gazebo and parking for 10 motor vehicles.
- Listing agent: Theo Adamstein, TTR Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty