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Former Mayor's New Title: Homeowner
The Washington Post
Thursday, March 13, 2008

They bugged him. They begged him. Now, following eight years of hectoring and 15 months after leaving office, former mayor Anthony A. Williams has finally gone ahead and bought his first place ever, in the District.

Williams, who raised eyebrows with his staunch determination to remain a renter during his two-term administration, has purchased a luxury loft condominium unit in the revitalizing but still dicey H Street area of Northeast. Last month, he signed a contract for a two-bedroom, 2 1/2 -bathroom unit with a den at Landmark Lofts, the renovated site of the old Capital Children's Museum near Union Station.

Williams said he paid developer Jim Abdo more than $1 million for the second-floor apartment, which sprawls over 2,146 square feet and comes with exposed ductwork, a gourmet kitchen, a library for "all our books," two parking places and a balcony. He and his wife, Diane, who have rented in Foggy Bottom for years, plan to go to settlement and move in later in the spring. Read more »