A week after he bid farewell to colleagues at the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn appears to be pulling up stakes from Washington for good, taking steps to put his Georgetown home on the market.
There’s no listing yet for the Federal-style brick mansion just steps from Rock Creek Park. But people familiar with the discussions say the embattled French politician and his broadcaster wife, Anne Sinclair, have recently interviewed a handful of top local real estate firms. They’re expected to set an asking price just north of $5 million.
Strauss-Kahn and Sinclair have little reason to linger in D.C.: He resigned from the IMF in May to fight the charges, now dismissed, that he sexually attacked a NYC hotel maid. On Sunday, the couple returned to Paris and their posh home on the Place des Vosges.
For some, it was more surprising that they ever invested so heavily in Washington real estate: Despite his powerful job, the two kept a low profile on the social scene and rarely entertained. Until his arrest, many neighbors had no idea the man who might have been the next president of France lived on their block.
The home was purchased in Sinclair’s name for $4 million in 2007 (Washington Fine Properties, which handled that sale, is a leading contender to list it again), and the couple later did some major renovations. We’re told the property does not come with parking — a non-issue if your job comes with a car and driver — but does feature a lovely swimming pool.