Housing Complex

Sale Watch: Deputy Mayor Now a West Ender

The Columbia Residences.

Housing Complex is always interested in where the city's public power players choose to lay their heads. A sampling: Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning chose gentrifying Columbia Heights, Department of Transportation director  Terry Bellamy lives within walking distance of his office in Southwest, the Department of the Environment's Christophe Tulou lives on genteel California Street, Police Chief Cathy Lanier lives in Fort Lincoln, and Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi just moved to Friendship Heights.

As of January 10, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins is a D.C. homeowner too: Having rented at 15th and Massachusetts since soon after taking the job just over a year ago, he spent $935,000 on a third-floor, two-bedroom condo at the super-luxe Columbia Residences at 2425 L Street NW. Which is a big purchase on that $175,000 yearly salary!

Of course, it's not just the Deputy Mayor. His wife, Diane Hoskins, is an executive director* at the architectural and planning firm Gensler, which has done some of the area's biggest construction projects (they settled for Shalom Baranes in their new place). So we can safely assume it's not a reach.

* CORRECTION, March 17 – Not managing principal.

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