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What will they do with all that space? (Lydia DePillis)

Thousands of Washingtonians live and work in buildings designed by Phil Esocoff and Amy Weinstein: The architect couple (we’d call them starchitects, but this is D.C. we’re talking about) has amassed an impressive portfolio of giant complexes, many lining Massachusetts Avenue. And they’re not just institutional bloc housing; Esocoff has been praised for his curvy and patterned facades, like that of the Jefferson in Penn Quarter.

For their own part, Esocoff and Weinstein have also gone with modest living quarters, dwelling for the last 23 years in a 1,600-square-foot condominium on Connecticut—the Washingtonian oozed over their interior decorating choices in 2008.

Guess they wanted a little more space. A couple weeks ago, the couple dropped $1.86 million on a 3,254-square-foot, five-bedroom castle tucked into a leafy ravine near the Naval Observatory. They bought it from Francis Creighton, a former chief lobbyist for the Mortgage Bankers Association, who originally listed the place at $2,095,000—it sat on the market for six months, and came down a bit closer to the assessed value.

And it’s right around the corner from this place.