“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
If there’s one thing we know about Vice President Kamala Harris, it’s that she knows how to come out ahead.
This week, Harris just cashed in on a sweet $1.85 million deal.
Harris has sold the condominium where she lived in Washington, D.C., after the apartment sat idle on the market for six months.
Of course, she doesn’t need the condo anymore, since she and her family live inside the vice president’s quarters at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.
But outside of that historic home, her D.C. condo was incredibly luxurious: 1,700 square feet tucked into an elite space fit for a king—or queen-in-waiting.
She had a unit inside the Westlight complex, “a luxurious building that was designed in 2016, just a stone’s throw away from the White House in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of D.C.,” according to Architectural Digest.
This is an elitists’ getaway right inside the capital city—because Harris gives herself only the finest.
Her condo has a private club and tremendous, luxurious quarters on the roof, with a 25-meter heated swimming pool and fitness center.
“With its teak shower floors, the unit’s bathroom is said to be ‘spa-inspired,’” says Architectural Digest, a magazine dedicated to luxury pieces of real estate. “The new building sports many innovative details, including an air filtration system that ensures fresh air is constantly entering each unit and triple glazed windows that provide extreme sound dampening so that true quiet can be found despite its downtown locale. Additional interior accents include wide plank oak flooring and custom Italian cabinetry.”
All in all, it’s not a really rough place to lay your head.
Despite her best efforts, Kamala didn’t quite get her full asking price. She listed the condo on the market in April at just under $2 million dollars — $1,995,000, to be exact. But it sat vacant for months, so she rushed in furniture to make it look a little more exquisite and she had to drop the price by $145,000 in July… one of the rare cases where the seller reduced the price in a tight real estate market instead of hiking it even further.
When it was all said and done, Harris only made a few bucks by flipping her apartment. She and her husband, Doug Emhoff, originally paid for $1.775 million for the condo in 2017 when she moved to D.C. to become a U.S. Senator.
So, the Harris-Emhoff clan’s profits only amounted to $25,000 on the deal… and who knows how much she paid for the extra furniture and any real estate consultants she brought in to make the close.
But don’t cry for their finances.
They raked in a $310,000 profit when they sold their other condo—many politicians have multiple homes—in San Francisco.
Harris and her family bought her California condo for $489,000 in 2004. When she got elected vice president, she blew a kiss to San Francisco and the rest of California… and threw her beloved home onto the market so fast it would make your head spin.
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That apartment gave her an amount of space that’s considered huge by San Francisco standards—1,069 square feet—with one bedroom, two bathrooms, a home office, a fully appointed chef’s kitchen, a cozy fireplace, and full washer and dryer. (So much for saving water or environmentalist concerns!)
They still own another house—a beautiful home in Los Angeles’ ultra-upscale Brentwood neighborhood—which was bought by her husband. Emhoff paid $2.7 million for it. Now it’s estimated to be worth a cool $5 million. So, they still have one heavenly payday waiting for them, if they decide to cash this out—and there’s every indication that’s exactly what Harris wants to do.
She didn’t get into politics to stay in L.A., even in the swanky part of town.
Now that she’s sold two of the three places she’s called home, she has cut all her ties to life outside government. It’s not too clear whethter she ever plans to leave Washington, D.C.
It’s obvious to everyone. Kamala Harris intends to stay in public housing for good–and she’s looking at a certain well-furnished home on Pennsylvania Avenue.
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Here’s what we want to know on this little-reported story: Who bought the condo? Do they have any interests that would come before the Senate, where she can cast a tie-breaking vote?
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”