If you drive south on Ditch Road from Carmel, you’ll see a number of estate homes. These are mansions suited for a U.S. Senator, cable news contributor, lobbyist, or corporate board millionaire.
But keep driving south, past those homes. Go to 86th Street. Take a left at the Speedway station where Augustus Waters went for cigarettes in The Fault In Our Stars. Go past the Salvation Army and take a right into the Cantebury Condominium homes.
This is where you’ll find former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, in a . Well, at least that’s where tax documents say you could find him. In a 996 square foot condo valued at $53,000. But chances are
you will more likely find him in one of three multi-million dollar properties he and his wife own in places that aren’t Indiana.
We’ll start with his most recent purchase. Last year, Evan and his wife Susan purchase a $2.9 million row house in Georgetown.
“It’s really simple. We have twin sons who went off to college last fall, my wife really wanted to downsize, and we didn’t need as much space,” Bayh told me in a phone interview. “It’s the age-old story. The wife wanted to move. The husband didn’t. So we moved.”
Oh, to be able to downsize into something a little more quaint. We’re on a budget, so nothing more than $3 million, please.
To be fair, the Bayh’s did put their $2.6 million Washington D.C. mansion (that’s the photo at the top of this post, courtesy of dc.curbed.com) on the market when they bought the Georgetown home. But they didn’t sell it, and they took it off the market four months after it was first listed.
According to Zillow, they dropped the price by $120,000, but with no takers, they took it off the market, and have been sitting on it — not for sale — for more than a year.
Two multi-million dollar homes in our nation’s capital is great. But where are we to go for vacation? Thankfully, the Bahys have solved that problem with a 2012 purchase of a waterfront penthouse in Key Biscayne.
The penthouse is steps from the beach in Miami-Dade County. The Bayhs just paid a property tax bill of $57,000. That’s more than their Indianapolis home is worth.
The issue of residence has been litigated in Indiana before. Literally. In 1998, Evan Bayh was sued as he ran for governor because he lived in Virginia.
The courts determined that residency basically is where you say it is. So, yes, it’s probably legal for Bayh to run for U.S. Senate from Washington D.C.
But every time the question comes up, it’s also litigated in the court of public opinion. In 2010, opponents unsuccessfully made the case that Dan Coats didn’t live in Indiana. In 2012, Richard Mourdock successfully made the case that Dick Lugar didn’t live here.
Regardless of the outcome, it will almost certainly be a major point of discussion for the next four months.