Special thanks to a Dear Reader for pointing out an interesting column in Wednesday’s Washington Post advertising great bargains on former or soon-to-be-former U.S. Embassy buildings, including chanceries and diplomatic residences.  On the heels of my blog entry about the Paraguayan cattle ranch for sale, these real estate opportunities seem even better; well, more historically significant, at any rate.  Who wouldn’t want to own the Ottawa, Canada residence featured in the Paul Newman/Joanne Woodward classic, "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge"?  It could be yours for just U.S.$2.25 million. 
 
I searched the Web and found photos of these properties.  Which one(s) would you like to buy? 
Granted, the London property is gorgeous, but $180 million is a lot of money.  The other properties have a distinctly U.S. government ambience.  With a little paint and some nice curtains, you could enhance their inner beauty.  Me, I’m partial to the soon-to-be-former chancery in Kathmandu, Nepal.  At just $6 million, it’s a steal!
 
If you like living among embassies but don’t want to leave the country, then why not try to find a place on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C.?  They’re not quite a steal, but it’s pretty cool living where the diplomats hang out.
 

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Jing and son Alex. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. Terry's Gravatar Terry
    May 10, 2007    

    Now wait a minute. Define ‘distinctly US Government ambience". Does this means it come with Condi Rice portraits in the foyer, a garbage disposal, built in free trade agreements or what? Or the Datona pool boy?

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