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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s House Hits the Market at $4.5 Million

Sources say “Rummy’s” Kalorama residence is privately listed.

Word on the street is that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his wife, Joyce, have put their Kalorama house on the market for $4.5 million. It is a private listing, according to real-estate sources. The house is on Kalorama Road, directly across the street from the French ambassador’s residence, which is currently under renovation.

Rumsfeld has lived in Washington on and off since he came here in the 1960s as an Illinois congressman. He later served Republican administrations as the director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, Ambassador to NATO, and White House Chief of Staff (to President Gerald Ford). He served as Defense Secretary twice, for Ford from 1975 to 1977 and for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006, overseeing the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rumseld published a memoir, Known and Unknown, in 2011. The Rumsfelds also have a home on the Maryland Eastern Shore.

A curious detail of the Kalorama house: a dachshund sculpture on one of the front gates.

Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.