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Surreal Estate

Lea Berman, seen here inspecting the White House's State Dining Room in 2005. (Rich Lipski/The Washington Post)

Sellers: Wayne and Lea Berman

Asking price: $20 million

Details: With their youngest daughter headed for college, the Republican lobbyist and his wife, former White House social secretary for George and Laura Bush, are downsizing. The eight-bedroom, seven-bath 1930 Palladian-style manse (wine cellar, elevator, six fireplaces, gardens -- plus a luggage room and linen and silver room) was once the home of philanthropist Paul Mellon; the Bermans bought it for $4.8 million in 2001. Neighbors on exclusive Whitehaven Street include Hillary Clinton, architect Leo Daly and the Italian Embassy.

By The Reliable Source  |  April 7, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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Looks like the bills for all the partying are coming due and they are out of credit.
They still must be getting high from the fumes though if they think a house they supposed got a 4.8 million dollar mortgage on in 2001 is now worth 20 million. That is probably what they owe on it though as they kind of arrived on the scene from nowhere and climbing is an expensive hobby. That is not what its worth however so I guess its going to be as sorry trip back to nowhere.

Posted by: Thominnj | April 7, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

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