Daschle and Killefer Linked By More than Taxes
As the departures of Thomas A. Daschle and Nancy Killefer spell trouble for President Obama, they also take away a little more of the luster of Northwest Washington's Wesley Heights neighborhood, where both former administration nominees live, and where real estate values are already down from their peak, The Eye and colleague Alice Crites report in today's Federal City Digest.
"We're a little off, 10, 15 percent," says Charlie Hein, an agent with Long & Foster Realtors, who operates www.wesleyheightsdc.com, a Web site devoted to the neighborhood.
Houses in the upscale area, buttressed by Massachusetts and Nebraska avenues, can run as much as $8 million.
As for the former nominees, Killefer and husband Robert E. Cumby own a two-story, five-bedroom, five-bath stucco structure built in 1925 and currently assessed at approximately $1.7 million. Daschle and wife Linda Daschle live in a 2 1/2 -story, seven-bedroom, six-bath house built in 1950 and valued at almost $2.8 million.
"Spring will really tell where we're at," says Hein.
Hein's Web site has a fantastic review of the neighborhood's history (then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon and family briefly lived in the area), photos of some of the neighborhood's houses, recreational attractions and businesses and real estate listings.
“There won’t be any block party here,” Hein says of the big news involving local residents. But that's partly by tradition, since most neighbors keep to themselves.
But if you happen to live in Wesley Heights and run into Daschle or Killefer in the coming days, you may want to extend a kind word of encouragement.
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