Public sector specialist buys 5BD for nearly $1.5M

Medium 5a34ac960ed0bc45af64f683b8864c55 Richard E. Messick and Rita M. McWilliams bought a five-bedroom, four-bath home at 5114 Warren Place N.W. in Washington from Kenneth A. and Traci S. Grigg for $1.475 million on Sept. 18.

The 3,945-square-foot house was built in 1998 in the Spring Valley neighborhood.

Messick is a senior public sector specialist at World Bank, a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. He also is a co-leader of its Thematic Group on Law and Justice Institutions.

Previously, he was a senior consultant to Freedom House, an organization that promotes human rights and freedom around the globe; a senior fellow at the Instituto Libertad y Democracia in Lima, Peru; and an adviser to the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research in Kyiv, Ukraine. He also has been a consultant on oil and gas regulation in the U.S. working for the U.S. Senate and later the George Washington Energy Policy Research Project, and was chief counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the 99th Congress.

He attended Indiana University Bloomington.

According to, there were 4,143 home sales in Washington in 2008, with a median sales price of $375,000.

Address: 5114 Warren Place NW
Buyer(s): Rita M McWilliams and Richard E Messick
Seller(s): Kenneth A Grigg and Traci S Grigg
Sale date: Sep. 18, 2009