"I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed working with you. It was our extraordinary good luck we met you the day we walked into the house our son and his fiancé now own. Despite time pressure and the complicated set of steps necessary to bring everything together- you made it all seem easy. All of us were in awe of your ability to make clear the vast array of complicated steps, smooth out any kinks, prevent anything from going wrong or falling through the cracks, and doing it all with humor and grace throughout. Buying a home under the best of circumstances can be emotionally fraught and nerve-wracking--you made it a pleasure. You have our deepest appreciation and respect."
Specialties and Designations
Investment Property, New Construction, Works With First Time Home Buyers, Resale Residential, Suburban Living, Condominiums, Eco-friendly Design and Construction, Urban Living, Single Family Homes and Townhomes, EcoBroker Certified, Luxury
Enjoy the ultimate in privacy & security in this exquisite Georgian Manor on 5+ acres with 16,000 square feet of living space. In a gated sanctuary, this modern castle was constructed with precision craftsmanship and attention to every last detail. It is perfectly situated among lovely gardens and exterior scapes custom designed by Charles Owen. Built by George Sagatov, with painting, stonework and hand-carved ceilings by expert craftsmen, this home boasts 7 bedrooms, including a basement bedroom with a kitchenette for live-in help. Step into a piece of modern history where artisan craftsmanship meets luxurious finishes. The large, two-story foyer includes walnut paneling and molding with hand painted gold leaf accents and a marble floor. With tradition and detail marking every room of the manor, nowhere is this more evident than the formal living room, where grand ceilings feature hand crafted plaster medallions found in Georgian manors. The custom woodwork in this room provides the perfect setting for a formal dinner, and includes one of the home's eight fireplaces. Each bedroom in the home has its own full bathroom and plentiful closet space. The first-floor owners suite includes a bathroom with a soaking tub, separate shower and double sinks, as well as a patio off of the bedroom. The luxurious second-floor owners suite includes a gas fireplace, lighted tray ceiling and fabric wall coverings. A sitting room leads from the bedroom to the large dressing room, as well as to the master bath, which features a deep soaking tub, two vanities and two sinks. With luxury there is undoubtedly an abundance of leisure. The home features a theater with luxurious seating for 10. The recreation room has a wood burning fireplace, a billiard room with wired-in speakers, and ceilings of custom-hammered tin, perfectly blending the traditional with the modern.. The card room features a ventilation system for cigar smoking, walls which boast hand painted murals of castles, including the original Dunluce, and is adjacent to a large wine cellar. Privacy abounds and no nearby properties can be seen from the secluded back yard, which features a stone patio, pool, hot tub, stone hearth and pergola. A gate from the fenced in pool leads out to the beautifully landscaped gardens and acres of hardwood forests, with pathways which take you to a stream and waterfall in the woods of this spectacular property, which provides unparalleled privacy. A full house generator, and brand new HVACs complete this fantastic package!
""We met Ilissa at an open house in late 2015 and immediately we knew we wanted to work with her. Active participants in the DC market, we constantly searched new listings, attended open houses and had worked with other agents in the past.
Ilissa was endlessly patient with us, understanding our need to prioritize the right home for our family over speed. She quickly picked up on what mattered most for us, and turned into a friend as well as a mentor that we greatly trusted.
One of those many private showings Ilissa scheduled for us turned into the house we had to have. Her swiftness and flexibility was crucial in our ability to gain the necessary materials to move forward with an offer that she spent Valentine's Day night writing up for us and submitting. Now that's love!
Ilissa's numerous relationships with key partners in the market including other brokers and mortgage lenders were incredibly helpful, and were paramount in our ability to achieve acceptance on our first offer and successfully close.
On a 1-10 scale, we would give Ilissa a 100 and could not recommend her more highly. No matter where a potential buyer or seller is in their process, she will work with them in the most thoughtful and professional manner to achieve their desired result. We are so thankful we chose to work with her and couldn't be more grateful for her efforts in helping us find our dream house." Washington, DC
- Christie B. & Jason B.
""We greatly benefited from Ilissa’s expertise and solid network of service professionals. As second time home buyers, we could not imagine how complicated our recent home purchase would be. However, Ilissa kept us informed throughout the entire process. She also served as our advocate to have the reluctant seller address two structural issues to our satisfaction, saving us tens of thousands of dollars on repairs and other hassles. We can very confidently say that if it weren’t for Ilissa we wouldn’t be in our beautiful home and able to focus on the more important things in life."
- Kirsten B. & Andy V.
""Patience, Wisdom, Integrity, Directness, Partnership. These are the characteristics you want for the crazy real estate market, and our experience confirmed that Ilissa Flamm is the perfect real estate guide embodying these values. She became our partner in the process and offered sage advice about every aspect of the search. Instead of feeling pressure, we felt her wisdom and support.
All of Ilissa's guidance during the search was hugely important. Then we found the perfect house and, in a deeply competitive market (no inventory! bidding wars! cash offers from builders!), Ilissa's greatest strengths came out as she expertly guided us through a successful offer and settlement.
Ilissa's knowledge about the market and the kinds of buyers and agents we were competing against were a significant advantage. As we came to settlement, Ilissa ensured that every detail was properly finalized, including spotting a $2,000 error on the closing form 2 hours before closing! Her sense of partnership continues to this day, as she offers advice about finding the most respected vendors and service providers for the area.
Ilissa is certainly an honest and knowledgeable real estate professional. What makes her a true standout in the field is that she was a truly collaborative partner in achieving our dream." Bethesda/Glen Echo, MD.