1509 Swann: Back On The Market
Thanks to a tipster, we learned that for the second time since Robert’s murder, 1509 Swann Street NW is up for sale; this time for just short of $1.6 million. The listing is three days old, fresh on the market with no open house scheduled yet.
LUXURY AT IT’S BEST. 4BR 3.5BA TOWN HOME ON PRETTY SWANN ST IN VIBRANT DUPONT. ORIGINALLY BUILT IN 1886 THIS PROPERTY HAS BEEN BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED WITH TOP-OF-THE-LINE AMENITIES THROUGHOUT. FROM THE ROOF DECK WITH CITY VIEWS TO THE NEW LOWER LEVEL IN-LAW SUITE WITH SEP ENTRANCE. NO DETAIL HAS BEEN OVERLOOKED IN FIVE FLRS OF ELEGANT LIVING. PLUS PATIO AND GATED PARKING FOR TWO CARS.
Bought for $1,276,000 million in 2005 by Joe Price and Victor Zaborsky, they unloaded it in June 2008, for $1,475,000. Their tidy profit was probably eaten up by the extensive repair work required after the house was literally torn apart by MPD and FBI evidence technicians in the wake of Robert’s murder.
Evidence. A lot of good that did.
The seemingly endless string of coincidences associated with 1509 don’t end with the night of Robert’s murder. In a peculiar twist, the listing agent who sold the home to Price and Zaborsky, also had another sale that was associated with a murder. Two, in fact.
In 2003, realtor Therese Cox sold D.C. school principal Brian Betts a home in Silver Spring, Maryland. Betts was found shot to death in the home this past April 15. Betts allegedly hooked up with his assailants by way of a phone-sex chat line.
The previous year, on August 6, 2002, Anthony Kelly, of Washington, shot and killed George Russell and his daughter Erika Smith in the same home. From the April 21 edition of the Maryland Gazette:
“Cox also has the unwanted distinction of selling another of the District’s most infamous homes. In April 2005, she sold a Dupont Circle home on Swann Street to Joseph Price and Victor Zaborsky. On Aug. 2, 2006, Robert Wone, who was visiting his friends Price and Zaborsky and staying at the home, was stabbed to death in a bizarre, gruesome killing.
That high-profile case was well-known when Cox again attempted to sell the house after the three men moved out in 2008, but she sold it anyway, for nearly $1.5 million, $200,000 more than she had sold it for to Price and Zaborsky, according to public records.”
Cox, who does not have the listing this time for 1509 Swann, also told the Gazette that Betts was unsettled to learn his new home had been the scene of a murder:
“When we went to settle, and he (Betts) moved in the next day, a neighbor came over and told him (about the murder of Smith and his daughter),” said Cox, who says realtors are not required to disclose past history about a house prior to a sale unless a prospective buyer asks. “He called me in hysterics and said he couldn’t live there, it was horrible.”
To appease Betts, Cox, who says she is very religious, enlisted two ministers to perform an exorcism on the home.”
Exorcism. A lot of good that did.
Note: Wone case observers will recognize Keith Alexander’s byline in the Bett’s story, as well as that of his colleague and wmrw pal, Neely Tucker, who chronicled the Kelly case and trial for the Post.
-posted by Craig
The flyer for 1509 Swann: