Before he became vice president, Dan Quayle and his family lived in a center-hall Colonial in McLean. Quayle bought the home for $125,000 in 1977 when he arrived in Washington as a member of the House.

The two-story brick house on a secluded, leafy hilltop provided the backdrop for several significant moments in Quayle’s life.

In his memoir, “Standing Firm,” Quayle writes about the night he spent at the dinner table with his wife and children discussing the pros and cons of being vice president. The book also includes a photo of Quayle and his two sons in the house.

David S. Broder and Bob Woodward mentioned the house in their book “The Man Who Would Be President: Dan Quayle.” “Quayle was sitting beside the pool in McLean with his friend Kenneth L. Adelman, President Ronald Reagan’s former arms control director. Quayle told Adelman the news” that Bush had put him on the short list of vice presidential candidates.

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A 1988 Washington Post story took notice of the house: “There are quails on their mailbox, a brass quail on their door.” His children attended Langley High, Longfellow Middle and Haycock Elementary schools.

After the election, the Secret Service set up a command post in the back yard.

While there, the Quayles added onto the home, putting a great room on the side of the house with soaring ceilings, a wood-burning stove, a wet bar and glass doors that lead to the swimming pool.

In 1989, when they moved into the vice president’s residence on Massachusetts Avenue, the Quayles­ rented out the house. They sold it in 1994, and since then it has gone through several owners.

The 4,500-square-foot house, which is on a 1.84-acre lot, went on the market in June at $1.595 million. The price dropped to $1.45 million but no buyer was found.

Instead, it will be auctioned Wednesday with an opening bid of $850,000. Bidders can participate through Prime Auction Solutions’ mobile app, by calling into one of the auctioneer’s representatives or by attending the auction in person. A $35,000 deposit is required to make a bid. For information, go to

An open house is scheduled Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Auctioneer: Anne Nouri, Prime Auction Solutions