District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser traded in her modest duplex in a working-class neighborhood for a palace in one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods.
Bowser paid $832,000 for the new pad in the Colonial Village neighborhood in Upper Northwest D.C., according to records from the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue.
The five-bedroom house is just south of the border between D.C. and Maryland, north of Rock Creek Park, and isolated from most of the city the mayor represents. It’s exact location, though, is being withheld for security purposes.
Prior to moving into the new house, Bowser shared a duplex with a family of Colombian refugees in the majority-black, working-class Riggs Park neighborhood. Bowser paid $125,000 for the small duplex in 2000, The Washington Post reported.
According to census data, the average income in Bowser’s new neighborhood is around $193,000. The average income in the neighborhood she left is just under $73,000.
At a community meeting earlier this month, Bowser told her former neighbors she needed to move because she simply needed a bigger house.
“I decided that I need a little more space,” she said.
A bigger house is indeed what she got. Her new place boasts five bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms across four stories, according to the real estate website Redfin.
The 3,100-square-foot house features hard wood floors throughout, a large screened-in back porch and stone rear patio and terrace.
The house previously sold in 2012 for $730,500.
Local reporter Tom Sherwood tweeted a picture of the house showing that a security guard station had been placed near the driveway.
Mayor Bowser's new home in NW DC off 16th St. (1st reported by WBJournal). Security station on site. pic.twitter.com/TXkrT7RQg8
— Tom Sherwood (@tomsherwood) December 30, 2015
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