Surreal estate: Sonia Sotomayor buys a condo near U Street

Sonia Sotomayor in 2011. (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

Buyer: Sonia Sotomayor

Price: $660,000

Details: After nearly three years renting in Cleveland Park, the Supreme Court justice has finally put down Washington roots, closing on a condo in the trendy U Street NW corridor last month. Why now? Friends say she wanted to get to know the city before she picked a neighborhood, and the busy job didn’t give her a lot of time to go looking.

Plus, as a longtime public servant who wanted to keep her Greenwich Village condo, it probably took a while to save up enough for the hot D.C. real estate market. Sotomayor’s new purchase (first reported by Washington Business Journal) features one bedroom plus den, two bathrooms, a shared roof deck, and easy access to Metro, 9:30 Club and Ben’s Chili Bowl.

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