Claire McCaskill Struggling to Sell Posh D.C. Penthouse

Former senator drops asking price to $2.9 million

Former senator Claire McCaskill / Getty Images
February 19, 2021

Nearly two years after initially listing her posh Washington, D.C., condo, former Democratic senator Claire McCaskill has failed to sell the multimillion-dollar penthouse unit—even after taking hundreds of thousands off the sale price.

McCaskill first listed the downtown D.C. property for $3.2 million in March 2019, just a few months after she was unseated by Republican senator Josh Hawley. The unit never sold, according to McCaskill's Berkshire Hathaway listing agent Judi Seiden, who told the Washington Free Beacon it was taken off the market that September.

Now two years later, the CityCenter unit is showcased as a new property in the Washington Post for a discounted price of $2.9 million. "Two years after she lost her U.S. Senate seat, Claire McCaskill is selling her CityCenter penthouse," wrote Post reporter Kathy Orton, who failed to mention that McCaskill has been trying to sell the unit since 2019. It is unclear what prompted the Post to showcase the property on Friday.

Seiden said the property went back on the market on Nov. 13, 2020, and that there has been some interest this go-around. "We had one offer since we put it back on, but the buyer and seller couldn't come to terms," she said.

Both McCaskill and her husband Joseph Shepard, a wealthy businessman who has made millions of dollars flipping government tax credits, praised the property they purchased in 2014 for $2.7 million.

"When we were home, we felt a million miles away, especially having a drink with a good book on the terrace," McCaskill wrote in an email to the Post. "That place is a natural stress reliever."

Shepard shared in praise for the condo's outdoor space, which according to the Post is a 1,000-square-foot, three-level private terrace with a gas fire pit, gas grill, and sound system with both indoor and outdoor speakers. "A quick elevator ride to my workout, and when I got back, out to our terrace for my morning coffee, where I could put on my music with my phone," Shepard said.

The Post did not respond to a request for comment regarding the property's prior listing.

McCaskill and Shepard also own a private plane.