Paul Manafort's alleged money laundering and real estate scamming has caught the attention of the feds as well as the Brick staff.
Between October 2008 and June 2010 Manafort allegedly "spent" $934,350 at an antique rug shop in Alexandria, Virginia as part of more than $18 million in illicit payments laundered from off-shore accounts through various conduits (here are all the scams he allegedly perpetrated in NYC). Now, we know certain home items cost a pretty penny but 900 grand is more than most of us spend on an apartment or house, let alone rugs to decorate them!
That's especially true in D.C. and the surrounding suburbs, where property prices are lower than the ultra-heated insanity we're used to here in New York. For curiosity's sake, we've rounded up five houses in and around the nation's capital that can be purchased for less than Manafort's "rugs."
This 3,000-square-foot bungalow in Takoma Park, an eclectic city just over the D.C. line in Maryland, has six bedrooms, three full baths, a handsome front porch, a backyard, and last but not least, a renovated kitchen. The house also includes an au pair suite and it's 1.4 miles from the Metro, according to the listing. (Also pictured at top.)
This adorable house has a ton of curb appeal thanks to multiple porches and plantings. It has two bedrooms and one bathroom, and it's on a corner lot with a large backyard. It's a 10-minute walk to the Metro and near a bikeshare station, according to the listing.
This four-bedroom, three-bath house built in 1920 features lots of period detail, including wood paneling. There's a nice front porch as well as front and rear yards. The interior looks well-maintained with newly painted walls, shiny floors, and a renovated kitchen. There's also a fireplace, a rear deck, central AC, and a finished basement.
Located in the Brookland neighborhood, this three-bedroom, two-annd-a-half bath brick colonial is charming. There's an attached garage, two wood-burning fireplaces, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and a nice-sized rear yard.
This charming five-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath house was built in 1938 and appears to be in great condition. The house boasts three wood-burning fireplaces, stainless steel appliances, a master suite with a walk-in closet and Jacuzzi, and a walk-out basement with a kitchen that could be used as a rental apartment.
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