The political odd couple James Carville and Mary Matalin have voted to let go of their New Orleans home. It’s now on the market for $3.38 million.
Not to worry, the Democratic political consultant known as “the Ragin’ Cajun” isn’t leaving Louisiana. Apparently, the couple, who moved to the area over a decade ago, simply decided to downsize into a smaller home nearby.
“I live in New Orleans. It’s my home. I don’t have an iota of desire to live anywhere else,” Carville told nola.com. Matalin is a Republican political consultant.
The two, who dated while working on opposites sides of the 1992 presidential campaign, can both agree on their great real estate choice.
They have owned this glorious Colonial Revival since 2008, when they reportedly picked it up for $2.2 million.
It looks as though the political operatives are angling for a profit on their longtime investment, which has also been used for political fundraisers and nonprofit events.
So what’s the spin on the house? Located near Audubon Park, the “inspiring architecture with modern refinements” measures a grand 8,279 square feet.
Built in 1906, its ornate interiors include a living room with fireplace, a formal, wood-paneled dining room, and built-in bar. An “ultimate” kitchen includes a breakfast nook with built-in seating and opens out to the back deck.
All five bedrooms are en suite, including the master, and there are two more half-bathrooms.
Other perks include a third floor suitable for an office, craft area, or extra guest room. A lower level offers a media and lounge area.
Outside, the quarter-acre garden is a “tropical oasis,” according to the listing description. The lushly landscaped backyard includes a pool, fountains, and a covered deck for outdoor dining and entertaining.
The Federal-style abode dates to 1770, and is located in the “Captains’ Row” neighborhood in the heart of Old Town. The high-powered couple formerly owned another townhouse in Alexandria, which was featured in Architectural Digest.
Matalin launched her political career as a strategist for the Republican National Committee. In 1992, she ran the re-election campaign for President George H.W. Bush while dating Carville, then the chief strategist for the campaign of the Democrat Bill Clinton. Carville now co-hosts a political podcast.
After working on opposing campaigns, they went on to marry. They documented their story by co-authoring the bestseller “All’s Fair: Love, War and Running for President.”
Recently, Matalin and Carville penned a bestselling sequel: “Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home.”
Carmen L. Duncan with Re/Max N.O. Properties holds the listing.
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