The former president of the United States Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are looking for a new residence in New York and, according to a local newspaper, are interested in a flat near the official residence of the city’s mayor.
Several sources told the New York Post that the couple had been spotted visiting a Manhattan East Side building built in 1930, of fifteen floors and 43 apartments.
Amy Gotzler, a spokesperson for Brown Harris Stevens, which has the five-bedroom listing and two others in the building, says the Obamas “did not look at that particular apartment.” Maybe this 12-room terraced penthouse is more their speed?
The place is close to Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor of New York, now occupied by Democrat Bill de Blasio.
According to the newspaper, the floor on which the Obama could reside is a 10 million dollar duplex, which has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a library and views of the East River strait on the eastern side of Manhattan.
“Whether you like their politics or not, still have the practicality of having a neighbor with bodyguards,” says Kirk Henckels, vice chairman and director of Stribling Private Brokerage. “I think they would have trouble with any co-op board, just like Nixon did.”
The former presidential couple bought a $8.1 million Tudor style mansion earlier this year in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington DC.