This really is the most expensive condo in the D.C. metro area

Records are made to be broken, but there’s a new one in town that could be pretty tough to beat any time soon.

The same Parc Somerset condo in Chevy Chase that sold for a record-setting $7.95 million, or nearly $1,200 per square foot, has traded again for $8.65 million, or about $1,283 per square foot, setting a new record in the process.

Henry and Carol Goldberg sold their 6,737-square-foot penthouse unit in Parc Somerset April 21 to The 1801 Parc Somerset Trust, according to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation. The Goldbergs bought the property in January 2013 with ambitious plans to remodel. About six months later they decided to put the property back on the market to focus on other things.

TTR Sotheby’s International Realty broker Zelda Heller, who helped the Goldbergs buy, and then sell, the unit, said 1801 Parc Somerset Trust came forward pretty quickly after it hit the market and beat out a few other parties for the property. Neither Heller nor Holland & Knight attorney Alban Salaman, who is listed as its trustee, would disclose any information about the buyer’s true identity.

Still, Heller said the condo unit is “a very unique property, there’s nothing like it in the area,” so it is not so surprising that it attracted interest when it came back on the market. At the same time, Heller confessed she thought the unit had set an unbreakable record when it traded for $7.95 million.

“When I sold it at $7.9 million I thought we had reached the peak,” she said.

Whomever it is, the buyer will be in good company that includes former National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and JLL CEO Colin Dyer.

As I reported this morning, Tagliabue recently bought an admittedly smaller unit in Parc Somerset for $2.8 million. Dyer paid $5 million earlier this year for another unit in the building. The brokerage is based in Chicago, and he travels a great deal on behalf of the company, but Dyer can occasionally be spotted in JLL’s downtown D.C. office as well.


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