Former city councilman Michael A. Brown is slated to be released in May 2017 from the federal prison camp where he’s serving a 39-month sentence for bribery. But the onetime rising star of D.C. politics and son of the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown won’t be returning to the spacious five-bedroom home in the Chevy Chase neighborhood that he and his wife called home for nearly two decades: the property was sold in August in a foreclosure auction, public records show.
The home was purchased by Texas-based LNV Corp. for $1.8 million and went on the market March 1 for a cool $1.3 million asking price. It was under contract within a week — there were multiple offers and the final price involved a “not insignificant” escalation, says listing agent Justin Paulhamus of M Squared realty.
“Needs a little TLC, but great bones,” the online real-estate listing promised of the five-bed, five-bath home situated on a roomy lot.
The records show that Brown, 51, and his wife, Tamera, 50, had fallen behind on payments for the home, which they purchased in 1996 for $560,000. They subsequently refinanced the home, and banks or lenders had issued foreclosure notices at least five times since then. The last foreclosure notice, sent in 2010, stated the couple owed nearly $1.3 million on the home.
Their debt was part of other troubled finances: the couple also at one time owed $14,263 in property taxes, which Brown told The Washington Post in 2011 that he was unaware of. And according to a 2015 document, they owed the city $680 for neglected maintenance of the property.
Brown pled guilty in 2013 to accepting $55,000 in cash stuffed in a duffel bag and a Redskins coffee mug from men he thought were trying to do business with the city, but who were actually undercover FBI agents.
Reached by phone, Tamera Brown had no comment.