WASHINGTON -- With its mismatched curtains and ivy-covered front yard, D.C.'s real Alpha House is not very alpha looking.

But the dreary exterior of the Capitol Hill row house belies its status as the high-profile crashpad of a handful of Democratic members of Congress. "Of course it’s famous,” Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) told The Washington Post. “How could it not be famous?”

Miller first began taking in weary lawmakers in 1982, just five years after he purchased the house for around $90,000. Miller currently lives there with Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the former whom, Miller claims, hasn't made his bed in close to twenty years.

The house was the subject of a New York Times profile in 2007 and, more recently, has inspired Garry Trudeau’s political satire "Alpha House," which was just green lighted by Amazon.

If you think a group of gray-haired lawmakers living together in a D.C. group house sounds like a less than scintillating subtext, you're not alone.

In the original Times profile of the house, Durbin was quoted as saying that, in theory, the house was ripe for a reality television show, but “then they realize that the story of four middle-aged men, with no sex and violence, is not going to last two weeks." Trudeau said he fixed that problem by opting to write about Republicans.

"I never gave any thought to doing the show about Democrats for a simple reason — at the moment, they’re pretty boring," he said in a recent interview. "Republicans, on the other hand, are tearing themselves apart and will be for the foreseeable future. Three of my four guys were elected prior to the Tea Party, so as old-school Republicans, they’re compromised and vulnerable. Which makes them far more interesting to write about."

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    This 10 bedroom, 15 bath house modeled on the palace of Versailles is set to be built on Ted Kennedy's Northern Virginia property. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/636-Chain-Bridge-Rd_Mclean_VA_22101_M68808-52506?row=1#modal_PhotoGallery" target="_blank">Here's the listing</a>.

  • 636 Chain Bridge Rd., Mclean, Va., $45 Million

  • 636 Chain Bridge Rd., Mclean, Va., $45 Million

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    This 8 bedroom, 12 bath house bears not a small resemblance to the White House. Its name: Chateau La Vie. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/7201-Dulany-Dr_Mc-Lean_VA_22101_M51861-62770?row=2#modal_PhotoGallery" target="_blank">Here's the listing</a>.

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  • 7201 Dulany Dr., McLean, Va., $32 Million

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    This five bedroom, five bath house is certainly nice -- but you're really buying this property for its 2426 extremely horse-friendly acres. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/5234-Spring-Hill-Ln_Warrenton_VA_20187_M50267-04980#axzz2QArOU69o" target="_blank">Here's the listing</a>.

  • 5234 Spring Hill Ln., Warrenton, Va., $25 Million

  • 5234 Spring Hill Ln., Warrenton, Va., $25 Million

  • 5234 Spring Hill Ln., Warrenton, Va., $25 Million

  • 2547 Halfway Rd., The Plains, Va., $21 Million

    Six bedrooms and seven baths on 60 acres. Comes with a guest house, a three bedroom stone cottage, a pool, tennis courts and a spa, too. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2547-Halfway-Rd_The-Plains_VA_20198_M56867-17686?row=4#axzz2QArOU69o" target="_blank">Here's the listing</a>.

  • 2547 Halfway Rd., The Plains, Va., $21 Million

  • 2547 Halfway Rd., The Plains, Va., $21 Million

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  • 2950 University Terrace NW, Washington, DC, $19.5 Million

  • 2950 University Terrace NW, Washington, DC, $19.5 Million

  • 9005 Durham Dr., Potomac, Md., $18 Million

    10 bedrooms, 15 baths on 6+ acres. But only the one listing photo. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/9005-Durham-Dr_Potomac_MD_20854_M61185-39684?row=6#axzz2QArOU69o" target="_blank">Here's the listing</a>.

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    It's a 15,000+ square foot seven bedroom, 12 bath house with a pool, guest house and gym. The price has recently gone down, too, by more than $125,000. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/Washington_DC?ml=4" target="_blank">Here's the listing</a>.

  • 3101 Chain Bridge Rd. NW, Washington, DC, $16 Million

  • 3101 Chain Bridge Rd. NW, Washington, DC, $16 Million

  • 3101 Chain Bridge Rd. NW, Washington, DC, $16 Million

  • 3101 Chain Bridge Rd. NW, Washington, DC, $16 Million

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    Check out this lovely eight bedroom, 10 bath place, once part of the historic Evermay estate, now on .3 well-groomed acres of its own. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1607-28Th-St-Nw_Washington_DC_20007_M51953-99344?row=9#axzz2QArOU69o" target="_blank">Here's the listing</a>.

  • 1607 28Th St. NW, Washington, DC, $14.25 Million

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  • No Address, McLean, Va., $14 Million

  • No Address, McLean, Va., $14 Million

  • No Address, McLean, Va., $14 Million