This seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom, 8,500 square-foot Art Deco penthouse in the Wesley Heights section of Washington, D.C., was designed and built by its original owners, Melvin and Estelle Gelman, who ran the real estate development firm Gelman Cos.
After Estelle Gelman’s death in 2009, the penthouse was donated to George Washington University, in whose possession it remained until an anonymous buyer ponied up the $1.95 million asking price for it this past March.
Thematic rooms and eclectic, extravagant design abound throughout the space. At the time of sale, one room was covered in velvet. An ad for the penthouse called it a throwback to the 1960s, “right out of James Bond film.”