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Bob Novak passed away today. The columnist spent most of his life in Washington DC, and picked a home that showed his complete and total embrace of this city.

Back in January, I wrote a story about the Residences at Market Square, where Novak owned a condo. It was, in my estimation, the best piece of real estate in the world on January 20, 2009, the day of Barack Obama‘s inauguration, because of its prime Pennsylvania Avenue location.

Maybe Novak didn’t care too much about that. But he must have loved residing blocks from the White House, and within view of the Capitol Building.  Across the street sits the Federal Bureau of Investigation building, and in the other direction, the Department of Justice and the National Archives and Records.

His neighbors included Geraldine Ferraro, the late New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and former senator and presidential candidate Fred Thompson.

Novak died this morning of brain cancer. He was 78. While writing the story in January, I tried to contact him, figuring maybe he’d have some fond memories of late night debates with Moynihan—-or something of that nature.

I left a message on his work phone and got a response back from an assistant or co-worker saying he was unavailable for interview.

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