By Lake Barcroft in Falls Church, Virginia, the home once owned by former jazz legend Helen Ward and her husband, William Savory, who was an audio engineer for jazz musicians, recently sold for $870,000.
According to a New York Times article published in April 1998, Ward toured and recorded with the Goodman band from 1934 to 1936 and after World War II. Songs that she has been featured in include “Goody Goody,” “You Turned the Tables on Me,” “It’s Been So Long,” and “These Foolish Things.”
Savory’s contributions to music involved preserving jazz performances that would have been lost, including performances by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Count Basie, according to a New York Times article published in August 2010.
The buyers, Kristie and Jeff Small, said that what resonated with them was the property’s musical history. “We were so excited to find this house in our dream neighborhood,” said the Smalls in a statement. “Our eight-month-old daughter Kadence’s name was inspired by Kristie’s connection with music. She has been a dancer all of her life and finished professionally a few years ago as a Washington Redskins cheerleader. Kadence loves music and already ‘sings’ and dances around the house.”
The Smalls added, “There was too much meaning in this estate to be a coincidence. We knew it was meant to be and couldn’t let our dream home get away.”
Some of the home’s design highlights include that there are two fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, outdoor terraces, and access to Lake Barcroft. Spanning roughly 2,900 square feet, this listing comes with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. It first landed on the market in May 2017 for $869,500.
• 6348 Cavalier Corridor [TTR Sothetby’s International Realty]