Dr. Ben Carson drops $1.22 million on a Virginia home

You don't have to be a brain surgeon to covet this sprawling suburban mansion.

Forget the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This former POTUS wannabe is heading straight to suburbia! Dr. Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and President Donald Trump's pick to lead HUD, just dropped $1.22 million on a five-bed, five-bath home in Vienna, VA. The big sale occurred last month, just one day after a Senate committee cleared his nomination, The Washington Post reported. And in true fiscally conservative form, Ben got the home for a discount: When it first hit the market last year, the house was priced at $1.399 million.

Measuring in at 6,380 square feet, the elegant Colonial estate built in 1993 is the perfect place to get away from the chaos of Washington, DC. Located on a 1.5-acre lot, the home features modern amenities and plenty of space. There's a two-story great room with towering Palladian windows and a wet bar, plus a gourmet kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Multiple porches and patios provide a spot to get some fresh air as you step outside to the lush landscaping and gardens overlooking quiet woods. Additional bonuses include an in-law suite, an 1,800-square-foot finished basement, and a three-car garage.

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This certainly isn't the neurosurgeon's only palatial pad. Since 2001, he has owned a $1.5 million home in Upperco, MD. Just last year, he dropped $4.375 million on a new Palm Beach Gardens getaway. His previous Palm Beach, FL, house, which is on the market for $1.1 million, is a gilded masterpiece so showy, you'd think it was decorated by Ben's potential boss, President Trump.

Ben isn't the only former presidential hopeful that dropped some serious dough on new digs recently. Erstwhile Democratic campaigner Bernie Sanders snagged a vacation home in North Hero, VT, for $575,000. But it's probably safe to say Ben and Bernie won't be visiting each other's new homes anytime soon.

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