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D.C. United Owner Asking $49 Million for S.F. Penthouse

Victor MacFarlane might be looking for a new home for D.C. United in Prince George's County, but he's trying to sell the ritzy penthouse he bought above the St. Regis in San Francisco. Asking price:$49 million.

That's a lot, you say? Well, it's down from the $70 million he was asking for it last summer, before the crux of the stock market meltdown.

MacFarlane, who owns a mansion in Hillsborough, Calif, bought the condo several year ago for $35 million and never has lived in it. The place is 20,000 square feet, and its with 2,900 square feet of terraces and 22-foot high windows offer a 360-degree view of the city. It features six bedrooms and six full bathrooms, four fireplaces, a fitness room, six garage bays, granite/stone counter tops, hardwood floors, a home theater, library, security system, spa/hot tub, steam room, wine cellar/grotto, bonus room, guest suite and sun room.

By David A Nakamura  |  February 17, 2009; 12:43 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , Economic Development , Soccer Stadium  
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...what does this have to do with anything, David?

Or are you just getting your anti-stadium drums beating again? Because this article is tagged with "soccer stadium".

Posted by: NattyBo1985 | February 17, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Chump change! I'll take it off his hands for $40M. Will somebody volunteer to pay the condo fee and taxes for me?

Posted by: mortified469 | February 17, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Other unrelated facts:

- Victor MacFarlane's initials are V.M.
- Prince George's County is the wealthiest county in the nation with an African-American majority.
- The table my computer keyboard rests on is brown.

What's the point of any of these revelations? Good question, and the same question I'm asking about this entry in the DC Wire. You've categorized it as "DC United" / "Economic Development" / "Soccer Stadium", but as far as I can tell it has nothing to do with any of these things, and only has to do with someone selling a (very expensive) place to live in San Francisco. So what is the point you're trying to make here? And if you're not trying to make a point, but are simply trying to inform, why is this newsworthy? Are you going to be telling us about other real-estate sales in the metropolitan SF Bay Area?


Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | February 17, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Your pro-Fenty anti-MacFarlane slip is showing. Did Adrien ask you to write this? Your bias is laughable.....

Posted by: CHICO13 | February 17, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Send David an email to let him know what you think about this, erm, journalism.

Posted by: NattyBo1985 | February 17, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, looks like Emporer Adrian's a little bent out of shape because now he's got no Clark, no DC United, nobody left who'll turn the wasteland known as Poplar Point into something useful. Time for a temper tantrum and a smear campaign. By the way, Mr. Nakamura, did you fact check this yourself, or did Emporer Adrian's hacks do it for you before sending it over...

Posted by: throwin | February 17, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Somehow my original comment seems to have disappeared. Fortunately others seem to have similar questions.

No one expects any answers, of course.

Posted by: seahawkdad | February 17, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Everything I need to know about David and journalistic objectivity I learned from the Washington City Paper.

Posted by: NattyBo1985 | February 17, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

David are suffering from "Condo-envy"??


Posted by: urwormfood | February 17, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

This is unbelievable. Slow day Mr. Nakamura?

Posted by: pittmancb | February 17, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dave, maybe you can address this comment made from your buddy Mr. Fenty:

"Thank you Kevin for this D.C. United jersey and congratulations on your terrific season. It is great to see over 20,000 fans here at RFK supporting D.C. United. It is my hope that your fans will soon be coming to your brand new soccer stadium at Poplar Point in Anacostia. World class fans, and a world class team like D.C. United, deserve a world class stadium. And I am going to make it a priority to help you build that stadium. Thank you -- congratulations and good luck to the Black-and-Red!"

-Adrian Fenty on Oct 29 2006 (right before a mayoral elction mind you)

link to full article:

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 17, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the Post is wasting precious bandwidth on this non-story. So MacFarlane is going to have to settle for making a mere 14 million dollar profit on a residential property in San Francisco? That's your point? And that has what, exactly, to do with anything DC United-related? For that matter, what is this story doing in the METRO section?

Posted by: knoblej | February 17, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Dave, care to address you "cozy" relationship with Fenty and Co.?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 17, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

knoblej, it's not a non-story. It is the opening salvo of a campaign to be built around the theme that once more a rich guy is trying to get a free goody on the backs of the poor working stiff. This was a theme that played out in Salt Lake City as RSL tried to build their stadium and was driven by the two papers in town. Looks like The Post is about to head down the same road.

Actually, it's going to be built on the backs of us fans, so what's the big deal? Other than that the money we currently spend at RFK will be shifting to Prince George's will, perhaps, MacFarlane's future recommendations about which jurisdictions are good investment opportunities. I suppose the chance that the current billion dollars worth of MacFarlane's DC investments might not be added to isn't a comforting one.

Guess that's enough to stir things up at the Wilson Building, isn't it?

Posted by: seahawkdad | February 17, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

...and let me add I could be very wrong with my assessment...and hope I am.

I just got so dismayed and royally pissed with what I saw as poor journalistic and editorial behavior at the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News during that bloody stadium fight in Utah (I'm from there, so cared a lot) that it may be spilling over onto my favorite news organization, and even to you David.

So, here's hoping.

Posted by: seahawkdad | February 17, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

This certainly looks like an attempt to smear Victor MacFarlane.

Posted by: lastort1 | February 17, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? This attempted smear job is just a tad bit too transparent.

Dear Editors, please assign Judy NakaMiller a different beat he spilled some of the water he was carrying and has to go on disability.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | February 18, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr. MacFarlane as drop his asking price on penthouse because he's got Prince George's County and State of Maryland talked into giving him $185 million, Maybe "Victor" could return a few $$$$$$ to the county so we wouldn't have to close schools and furlough teachers. Get the picture - BOOKS NOT STADIUMS

Posted by: robinsonawjr | February 19, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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