Ford's Former Va. Home for Sale at $999K

The Associated Press
Thursday, December 28, 2006; 7:07 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The modest two-story home where Gerald Ford spent nearly 20 years as a Michigan congressman, 10 months as vice president and 10 days as president is for sale.

The current owner, Javad Khakbaz, has tried to find a buyer since September, and dropped the price from $1.05 million to $999,000.

The four-bedroom home sits on nearly a quarter-acre about 8 miles from the White House. A gold-lettered National Park Service sign at the front door reads: President Gerald R. Ford, Jr. Residence.

Neighbors and former residents tell of steel beams under the driveway to support limousines, and countless telephone lines installed by Secret Service.

The home stands in sharp contrast to the mansion on the U.S. Naval Observatory grounds made available to vice presidents in 1974. But Ford, who died Tuesday at age 93, became president before renovations were completed and never lived there.

Since the Fords moved out of the house, it has been mostly a rental and changed hands twice, said Khakbaz, the president of an Iranian English-language newspaper company.

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