Developer Jim Abdo spends his workdays restoring and revitalizing down-a-the-heels buildings and neighborhoods. when it's time for relaxation, he and his family take off for their country estate 75 miles southwest of their home in Washington, or, as he puts it, "70 acres of my heaven." - NY Times 5/9/08
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"You’re about to experience 70 acres of my heaven,” said Mr. Abdo, a prominent Washington developer, restorer and revitalizer of down-at-the-heels buildings and neighborhoods.">http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/north-america/united-states/washington-dc/overview.html?inline=nyt-geo">Washington developer, restorer and revitalizer of down-at-the-heels buildings and neighborhoods.
To get away from his long and intense workdays, Mr. Abdo, along with his wife, Mai, and their two young children, retreat to the Ridge, which is what they call their country estate in Rappahannock County, about 75 miles southwest of their home in Washington....