For at least the last eight years, the District’s Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi has had a characteristically austere living situation: A small unit in a 1960s-era condo building tucked into Soapstone Valley Park, a block from the Van Ness-UDC metro station. The son of a grocer bought it for $215,000 in 2003, and according to Trulia, it’s only about 575 square feet.
Time for an upgrade, apparently. On September 9, he bought a 5th-floor, 2-bedroom, 1,542-square-foot condo in the tony Chase Point building at 4301 Military Road NW for $1.31 million. This one is also right off a red line stop, but is about 50 years newer, built by PN Hoffman in 2007.
According to a spokeswoman, Gandhi plans to use it as his primary residence.*
* Corrected from an earlier version referring to Gandhi’s wife, who is deceased.