Fall is an enchanting season in Washington, DC: red and orange foliage abound, and the area’s gothic architecture delivers peak dark academia. Perhaps that magical atmosphere is why Madeleine Albright stayed in her DC neighborhood so long after her tenure as Secretary of State. The Wall Street Journal reports that the late diplomat’s longtime home, an ivy-covered Federal-style abode in the Georgetown neighborhood, has officially hit the market at $4 million. According to the publication, Albright lived in the quaint town house for over 50 years.
She purchased the dwelling in 1968 for approximately $100,000 (about $882,000 when adjusted for inflation) with her then-husband, journalist Joe Albright, residing there until her death last year. Starting in the 1980s, the Prague native hosted monthly dinner parties for foreign policy experts and other politicians at the 4,749-square-foot dwelling. “People would say I had hosted ‘salons’ in my ‘elegant’ Georgetown house,” she wrote in her 2003 autobiography, Madame Secretary. “The truth is my house is comfortable, not elegant, and my dinners were simple buffet affairs—salad, roll, and a slice of something. As one participant told a reporter, anonymously, ‘We certainly don’t go there for the food.’”