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December 8, 2010

Jenna Bush moves

Maybe it was the mountain-bike heist.

Former first daughter Jenna Bush and her husband, Henry Hager, have moved out of their South Baltimore rowhouse and put it up for sale. The couple bought the two-story, 1880s rowhouse for $440,000 in March 2008 and moved in shortly after their wedding that May.

The 3BR, 3BA end-of-group property, listed this week for $474,900, boasts a private garage, “luxurious sea grass carpeting” and unspecified “security features.” (Not that the security system did much to deter the thieves who swiped two Trek mountain bikes from the couple’s garage in June.)

It’s not clear if Bush and Hager continue to live in Baltimore or the area. Will Runnebaum, a broker with Marcus-Boyd Realty, which is listing the house, was not authorized to say.

Shortly after moving to the area, Bush taught at SEED School of Maryland, a public boarding school in Baltimore. She left this fall, according to Laura O'Connor of the SEED Foundation. 

In August 2009, she also started work as a part-time correspondent for the “Today Show” out of NBC’s Washington bureau. Has her work for NBC prompted a move? A network spokeswoman did not respond to messages seeking comment.

Hager continues to work for Constellation Energy, Constellation spokesman Larry McDonnell confirmed this week. But McDonnell declined to say if Hager is still employed in Baltimore or if he’s working somewhere else for the energy conglomerate.

David Sherzer, a spokesman in former President George W. Bush’s Dallas office, wasn’t talking either.

“Unfortunately, we don’t comment on the girls,” said Sherzer, who grew up in Maryland and volunteered this much: “I’m the only Orioles fan in the [Dallas-Fort Worth] metroplex.”

Wherever she went, Jenna Bush demonstrated some political savvy in the way she moved out. She knew enough not to hire Mayflower, the company some Baltimoreans still blame for relocating the Colts to Indianapolis. A neighbor who spied the movers last week tells me it was an unmarked truck.

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 3:14 PM | | Comments (12)


I was wondering how long it would be before they decided to bolt!

I wonder if we will hear she is pregnant. Many young couples who love the city living tend to change their minds when a little one comes along.

Who cares? Really, who cares.

Maybe it was the Sun Paper Printing her name and addresses every chance they got........

They were there as long as was needed to allow a margin of credibility when their "inner city" experience becomes an entry on the resume.

They are moving to New York. She has a gig with Today's show and he got transferred to NYC office.

Jayslick, The Sun never printed the address or even the street. All we ever said was "South Baltimore."

This news saddens me. Another high end taxpayer bites the dust.


The Bush's property address is public info. You can look it up on the city's property tax website.

I wonder if the Hagers will do the right thing and tell their local SDAT office that they should no longer be receiving the homestead tax credit.

It is probably because Baltimore is so dangerous. This city is not safe and not the place for younger college educated women to be walking around.

The most prevalent targets are computers, cash, property entertainment items, guns, drugs and alcohol. Make your house challenging to enter, thieves are lazy, know your neighbors, be conscious of strangers in your neighborhood.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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