They will, of course, given their anti-establishment mandate, take pains to avoid the appearance that they’re actually happy to be in Washington, a town they’ve derided as a cesspool of bureaucratic bog-rot. Potomac fever is to be avoided at all costs.
But they have to live somewhere. So where to look?
Washington Fine Properties agent Mark McFaddon, who has worked with a number of high-ranking Republicans, says Trump’s Cabinet picks are likely to stick close to their offices. The kinds of folks who land these top jobs have probably already made their big bucks — and probably have large homes elsewhere. “Most of them who come will have a temporary mind-set,” he says. “They’ll want services and convenience — it’s not like buying your permanent dream home here.”
That means private, secure condos or high-end rentals in buildings like the Ritz-Carlton (that a few boldface lefties, such as Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), live there apparently isn’t a deterrent). “When it comes to the luxury condos, there isn’t a strong partisan divide,” says another real estate agent. That means the new condos at CityCenterDC, where the neighbors would include former Obama attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr., are also an option for the new faces in town.
Real estate watchers also say the Virginia suburb of McLean is a go-to destination for Republicans. Former House speaker and possible Trump appointee Newt Gingrich has lived there for years, and it’s where Bush administration officials like former vice president Richard B. Cheney and commerce secretary Donald L. Evans set up house.
But overall, the effect of a presidential transition on the housing market is relatively small: Many people who served in the Obama administration will stay in town, and the Trump administration will certainly employ folks already living in the area. Daryl Judy, an associate broker at Washington Fine Properties, notes that Washington has changed since the days that an election meant a housing shake-up. “D.C. is not a one-industry town anymore,” he says.
And what about a movement the other way — as in all those people who swore they’d leave the country if Trump was elected? Judy isn’t expecting a migration. “People are staying — they have PTA meetings and kickball teams, and schools that are improving and great restaurants … and a city we love.”