An apartment once inhabited by the 44th president of the United States is on the market, but you’ll have to pay a wee bit more than Barack Obama did in 1984.
Obama rented the walkup fourth-floor apartment at 622 West 114th Street in the mid-1980’s right after he graduated from Columbia. (He also lived on 109th during his time at Columbia and brokers have advertised that fact heavily in listings there.) David Maraniss described the 114th Street apartment in an article for Vanity Fair about a romance Obama had when he was 22.
A few weeks into January 1984 they were seeing each other regularly on Thursday nights (when she would be up in his neighborhood, finishing one of her Bank Street classes) and on weekends. He was living then as a boarder in a fourth-floor walkup at 622 West 114th Street. It was a rent-controlled three-bedroom apartment. She remembered how on Sundays Obama would lounge around, drinking coffee and solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, bare-chested, wearing a blue and white sarong. His bedroom was closest to the front door, offering a sense of privacy and coziness. Genevieve described it in her journal this way: “I open the door, that Barack keeps closed, to his room, and enter into a warm, private space pervaded by a mixture of smells that so strongly speak of his presence, his liveliness, his habits—running sweat, Brut spray deodorant, smoking, eating raisins, sleeping, breathing.”
The apartment has since gone co-op and been renovated, so it may not smell like Brut and raisins anymore, but there’s clearly greatness in those walls. It’s up to you whether that greatness is worth $1.45 million.