Barack Obama’s college apartment hits NYC market for $1.4M

The New York City apartment once rented by a college-aged Barack Obama has undergone major renovations and is now selling for nearly $1.5 million.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom flat is located in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights community, which is a short walk from the former president’s alma mater, Columbia University, and sits on a quiet tree-lined street between Broadway and Riverside Drive, according to the online listing.

Built in 1905, the building has since been transformed into a 39-unit co-op that’s “move-in” ready with new plumbing, electrical and LED lighting, a Zillow listing states.

“It’s a fully renovated property in a charming building with a live-in superintendent, which means the buyer doesn’t have to do anything — just move in,” listing agent Scott Harris told Realtor.com.

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Barack Obama’s old college apartment has $1.5M price tag after a major renovation. Image courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

The redesigned rental features high ceilings, ample living space (by New York City standards) and oversize windows for “an abundance of light and air,” according to the listing. Guests can be entertained in the eat-in kitchen, which has been updated with high-end appliances and bright white cabinetry that pops against a glass-tiled backsplash.

The old student kitchen where Obama and his roommates likely spent their nights studying also features custom countertops, an over-stove vent and full-size washer and dryer unit.

In the master bedroom, there’s a wall of closets and an en-suite bathroom with a double-sink and private shower stall. The other two bedrooms also “offer spacious custom closets.” A secondary bath features marbled floor tiles and a tub to soak the day away.

Realtors with brokerage Brown Harris Stevens, which is handling the listing, said they expect the president’s old apartment to be a hot buy — especially since it’s selling for the same price it was five years ago, Realtor. com reported. Harris told the outlet that he hopes the former POTUS having lived there “could sprinkle a little fairy dust on the apartment.”

Take a look inside Obama’s former digs:

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The renovated kitchen space features bright white cabinetry, glass-tiled back splash and custom countertops, according to the listing. Image courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens.

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The New York City property features an oversized eat-in-kitchen with high-end appliances. Image courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens.

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The three-bedroom, two bathroom apartment located in Morningside Heights has an asking price of nearly $1.5 million. Image courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens.

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One of three bedrooms in the renovaed New York City apartment once rented by Barack Obama. Image courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

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The second and third bedrooms also offer ample closet space, according to the online listing. Image courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

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Biden has so far laid out an education reform agenda that does not resemble Trump’s or Obama’s, and he has promised to be a friend to public educators — but many are waiting to see what he actually does after being disappointed by Obama.

Obama’s education agenda surprised many of his supporters, who had expected him to address inequity in public schools and to deemphasize high-stakes standardized testing, which had become the key metric to hold schools accountable under the 2001 federal No Child Left Behind law.

But Obama did not. Instead, he allowed Education Secretary Arne Duncan to push a strident education reform program that made standardized testing even more important than NCLB had, and that became highly controversial across the political spectrum for different reasons. Critics called it “corporate reform” because it used methods more common in business than in civic institutions, such as using big data, closing schools that under-performed, and eliminating or weakening of teacher tenure and seniority rights.

Duncan’s reforms came primarily through the $4.3 billion competitive grant program called Race to the Top. It essentially coerced states to open new charter schools, evaluate teachers by students’ standardized test scores and adopt common standards in math and English language-arts standards.

Some of the policies had no chance of working to improve schools. For example, the effort to use student standardized test scores to evaluate teachers was slammed repeatedly by assessment experts as being neither reliable nor valid. It led to a continued narrowing of the curriculum, which had started under No Child Left Behind, and to some cockamamie teacher evaluation schemes where some educators were evaluated by students they didn’t have and subjects they didn’t teach. (Really. You can read about that here.)

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Inside Barack Obama’s College Apartment-and Its Surprisingly Low Price

Ever wonder what Barack Obama‘s life was like long before he resided in the White House? Now’s your chance to get a good look, since a New York apartment the former president once rented (with roommates!) is now listed for sale for $1.45 million.

Obama’s old apartment is located in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan near Columbia University, where he majored in political science in the early 1980s. The building has since been fully renovated and converted into a 39-unit co-op building. However, it’s still cool to think that this is where, decades earlier, the ex-POTUS was studying, sleeping, and (yes!) even partying up a storm.

The virtually staged living room is light-filled and spacious.

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Listed with the brokerage Brown Harris Stevens, Obama’s former digs are situated on a quiet side street, and has been beautifully updated to showcase its prewar perks, which include high ceilings and generously proportioned rooms.

Updates include custom closets in each bedroom.

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“It’s a fully renovated property in a charming building with a live-in superintendent, which means the buyer doesn’t have to do anything—just move in,” says listing agent Scott Harris.

A windowed eat-in kitchen is coveted in the big city.

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In case you were wondering, Obama’s student kitchen where he survived long nights on pizza and beer did not include all those gleaming white cabinets, high-end appliances, and full-size, in-unit washer and dryer.

Along with these luxe amenities come great bones.

“This building dates back to 1907 and was designed by the celebrated architects Schwartz and Gross, which will appeal to many buyers who are looking for solid prewar construction,” says Dolly Lenz, a real estate agent at the eponymous firm in New York City.

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The lobby

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Will Obama’s legacy create real estate buzz?

You can’t top Obama’s name when it comes to history and fame. Combined with the apartment’s prime location and recent makeover, “this should help prop up the price of this specific unit compared to others in the area,” says Lenz.

And while Harris says he’ll never predict the outcome of any apartment sale, he reports that he’s “delighted that Obama having lived here could sprinkle a little fairy dust on the apartment.”

How much will Obama’s apartment sell for today?

Two of the bedrooms share a bath with a soaking tub.

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At almost $1.5 million, the price for this co-op is the same as it was five years ago, which may make some potential buyers wonder what’s up: Why hasn’t the price risen?

Real estate agents point out that COVID-19 has had a dampening effect on Big Apple prices as people flee for the burbs.

COVID-19 “is definitely affecting both pricing and sales rates in the city,” Lenz says. “The Hamptons and other surrounding areas are seeing the appreciation now.”

Still, given the current market conditions, “The pricing seems fair,” says Jennifer Lenz, a real estate agent at Dolly’s firm, especially since “the building is a co-op, which can

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Barack Obama’s old rent controlled UWS apartment on sale for $1.45m



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Barack Obama’s old apartment in the Upper West Side of New York City is for sale, though it won’t be cheap for the next owner.

The apartment, now part of a co-op at 622 West 114th Street, is for sale at $1.45million. It is located just blocks away from Columbia University, and Obama lived there after graduating from the Ivy League school. 

The listing is held by Brown Harris Stevens.

Obama would likely find the apartment unrecognizable, as it has been newly renovated and is listed as being in ‘mint-condition.’

There are five rooms, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a full-sized washer and dryer in the unit.

There is also an eat-in kitchen with custom countertops, an over-stove vent, and LED lighting throughout the apartment.

The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a double sink and tub, while the other two bedrooms come equipped with closet space.

The building, also known as Revere Hall, has 39 co-op units and a live-in superintendent, though there is an ongoing assessment of $226.25 per month through December 2022 as capital improvements are made.

It also has an elevator and a laundry room and was built in the pre-war style in 1907. 

Filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille is another famous former resident of Revere Hall and has a plaque honoring him outside the building.

As described in an adapted excerpt of David Maraniss’ biography posted on Vanity Fair, Obama’s bedroom ‘was closest to the front door, offering a sense of privacy and coziness.’

According to 6sqft, Obama’s home on West 114th Street was one of three apartments he lived in during his time in New York City.

First, he lived nearby at 142 West 109th Street, where he lived in a two-bedroom with Phil Boerner and paid $180 a month.

During his senior year at Columbia, Obama lived at 339 East 94th Street in a sixth-floor walkup, which he described in his memoir as ‘small, with slanting floors and irregular heat and a buzzer downstairs that didn’t work.’

The 114th Street apartment was Obama’s last in New York City before moving to Chicago in 1985. 

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Barack Obama’s rent-controlled Upper West Side apartment is on the market for $1.45m

Barack Obama’s old rent-controlled Upper West Side apartment from his post-Columbia University days is on the market for $1.45m

  • Obama’s old apartment is for sale at 622 West 114th Street in New York City
  • Obama lived in the apartment prior to moving to Chicago in 1985
  • The apartment is now part of a co-op at Revere Hall and comes furnished with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a washer and dryer in the unit
  • Legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille also lived at Revere Hall at one point

Barack Obama’s old apartment in the Upper West Side of New York City is for sale, though it won’t be cheap for the next owner.

The apartment, now part of a co-op at 622 West 114th Street, is for sale at $1.45million. It is located just blocks away from Columbia University, and Obama lived there after graduating from the Ivy League school. 

The listing is held by Brown Harris Stevens.

Obama would likely find the apartment unrecognizable, as it has been newly renovated and is listed as being in ‘mint-condition.’

One of Barack Obama's old apartments from his New York City days is on the market

One of Barack Obama’s old apartments from his New York City days is on the market

The apartment at 622 West 114th Street is currently on sale for $1.45million

The apartment at 622 West 114th Street is currently on sale for $1.45million

The apartment is being listed and virtually staged by Brown Harris Stevens in the city

The apartment is being listed and virtually staged by Brown Harris Stevens in the city

There are five rooms, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a full-sized washer and dryer in the unit.

There is also an eat-in kitchen with custom countertops, an over-stove vent, and LED lighting throughout the apartment.

The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a double sink and tub, while the other two bedrooms come equipped with closet space.

The south-facing apartment has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an eat-in kitchen

The south-facing apartment has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an eat-in kitchen

The apartment is part of a co-op of 39 units and renovations to the building are ongoing

The apartment is part of a co-op of 39 units and renovations to the building are ongoing

Obama made 622 West 114th Street the last of his three Manhattan apartments before Chicago

Obama made 622 West 114th Street the last of his three Manhattan apartments before Chicago

Obama is not the only famous former tenant of Revere Hall, with Cecil B. DeMille also having lived there

Obama is not the only famous former tenant of Revere Hall, with Cecil B. DeMille also having lived there

The building, also known as Revere Hall, has 39 co-op units and a live-in superintendent, though there is an ongoing assessment of $226.25 per month through December 2022 as capital improvements are made.

It also has an elevator and a laundry room and was built in the pre-war style in 1907. 

Filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille is another famous former resident of Revere Hall and has a plaque honoring him outside the building.

As described in an adapted excerpt of David Maraniss’ biography posted on Vanity Fair, Obama’s bedroom ‘was closest to the front door, offering a sense of privacy and coziness.’

According to 6sqft, Obama’s home on West 114th Street was one of three apartments he lived in during his time in New York City.

First, he lived nearby at 142 West 109th Street, where he lived in a

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