About Us

J. Lee Donnelly & Son Team
Our team is strong. Three of our team have earned the prestigious MAI and SRA designations. Our experience is considerable having worked in the industry for decades. As the oldest real estate appraisal firm in the Metro DC area, we have unique historical data for both residential and commercial properties. Please see our team members for more information.

Founded in 1920 by J. Lee Donnelly, the company originated as a real estate and insurance business. After World War II, Joseph L. Donnelly joined his father in the firm. It was at that time that bankers required appraisals and the company began servicing banks in the Washington Metro area. In the early 70s, two of his sons Joseph L., and John C. Donnelly, joined the firm. In 1976, his third son James D. Donnelly joined the firm and currently serves as President.

As the oldest appraisal firm in the DC area, J. Lee Donnelly & Son often appraises high-end residential properties. The commercial side of the firm works mostly with traditional lenders, federally regulated lenders, developers, attorneys, schools and universities, non-profits, embassies and chanceries. The residential division prepares detailed reports for numerous law firms, attorneys, individuals, estates, developers, non-profits, relocation companies and embassies.

We provide real estate appraisal services for many purposes including: litigation, retrospective valuations, portfolio analysis, estate tax planning, arbitration, mediation, financing, mergers and acquisitions, allocation of purchase price and consulting of possible purchase or sale.

J Lee Donnelly & Son, Inc. is known for its well-qualified experts. The owners and staff have decades of experience appraising some of the DC area’s most complex properties. Our historical data is unmatched. When appraising complex historical properties, the experience and knowledge within J. Lee Donnelly exceeds that of our competitors.

Properties Represented by J. Lee Donnelly
Throughout the years, the firm has appraised many historic and significant projects in the metro area. Some examples include:

  • Evermay – one of the original Georgetown estates
  • Corby Mansion – at Chevy Chase Circle

J. Lee Donnelly has also prepared a number of unusual and complicated appraisal/consulting assignments. The following list is a small sample.

  • Pardoe at Avenel – mid-late 1980s, planned development of thirty (30) residential properties overlooking the 17th and 18th holes at the Avenel golf Club in Potomac, Maryland.
  • Phillips Park – Planned development located at Foxhall Road and W Street in Northwest Washington, DC, is a 16+ acre site which was subdivided into forty-six (46) proposed detached sites.
  • Bethesda – The Sacks subdivision – appraisal of sixty (60) single family dwellings for potential acquisition and redevelopment.