Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons turned 39 on Tuesday, but it was last month when he bought himself a birthday gift: a 930-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood.
Simmons, a principal at the Raben Group and a fixture on cable news, had been living in a one-bedroom on 16th Street. But after more than a dozen years of renting while working on presidential campaigns, he was ready to own. His hunt led him not far from his old neighborhood; he’s just off Rhode Island Avenue, minutes away from the U Street corridor, where he can still frequent the restaurant Marvin and his old dry cleaner.
The biggest draw of his new place? Space.