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Want to buy Max Baucus’s $1.2 million Capitol Hill home?

Photo by Sean Shanahan, courtesy of Ritzert Weiss Partnership. Photo by Sean Shanahan, courtesy of Ritzert Weiss Partnership.

Senator turned ambassador to China Max Baucus and his wife, Melodee Hanes, are selling their Capitol Hill home for a cool $1.2 million (how much is that in yuan?).

The 3 bedroom, 2.5-bath Italianate-style rowhouse at 717 North Carolina Ave., SE, is just steps from Eastern Market, where the couple was often spotted shopping and dropping by nearby Italian joint Aqua Al 2 for dinner — that is, before the Montana Democrat started his new job in Beijing earlier this month.

In photos of the home posted online, the house appears stripped of most personal mementos and clutter and looks professionally-stager-perfected, so it’s unclear whether Baucus himself ever tickled the ivories of the large piano parked in the living room, or whether the couple ever really cozied up to that fire pit in the backyard. The furnishings are traditional with touches of French provincial, and the circus-themed toile wallpaper in one of the bathrooms is a particularly whimsical touch.

The real-estate listing boasts of a hot tub and an “oversized 1-car garage,” but Christopher Ritzert, the agent with  TTR Sotheby’s who is representing the property, says its best feature is — you guessed it — location, location, location. “You can’t beat being around the corner from Eastern Market, and so close to everything,” he says.

Baucus bought the house in 2009 for $969,000, according to D.C. tax records, shortly after his divorce from his second wife, Wanda Minge, was finalized. He and Barnes wed in 2011.

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Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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