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Canadian Consul-General's Home In Miami For Sale (PHOTOS)

The house pictured above is a Canadian government building.

It’s 3801 Riviera Drive in Coral Gables, Fla., a ritzy neighbourhood in Miami. The house has six bedrooms, marble floors, an inground saltwater pool, and an estimated market value of $5.5 million U.S. And it’s the official residence of Canada’s consul-general to Miami, Louise Leger.

Yes folks, this is how top Canadian diplomats live -- or, at least, how they used to live until the feds decided, a few budgets ago, to start cutting back on some of the posh properties Canada’s foreign diplomatic corps has been enjoying.

The 2012 budget called for the federal government to generate $80 million in revenue selling properties abroad.

So the Coral Gables house is going up for sale, according to a report at the Ottawa Citizen. If it gets the estimated $5.5 million, that will amount to nearly a tripling of the $1.9 million U.S. that Canada paid for the property in 2009. But a Miami realtor told the Citizen the house is likely to fetch something in the $3-million range. Still, not bad, especially considering that Miami's real estate market has been through tough times lately.

Last year, the feds sold Macdonald House, a massive mansion in London that housed part of Canada’s High Commission in the U.K. That sale alone racked up $530 million. (London property prices have gone out of this world the past few years.)

Canadian Consul-General's Miami Residence
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