Rent President Barack Obama's Former Apartment in New York City

Barack Obama New York apartment
Barack Obama New York apartment

Want to live like a president?

No, we're not suggesting you move into one of the many White House replicas around the country (also see this White House Replica and this gallery of even more White House replicas). We mean that you could be living where a president used to live -- specifically, President Barack Obama.

The apartment that Obama lived in as a Columbia University student in New York City is up for rent. Of course, you won't be paying what the prez did back in 1981. Obama's rental tab for the Manhattan pad was only $360 a month -- but if you want to move in today, you'll fork over $2,400 a month. (Hey, Bam, can't you do something about all this inflation?!)

Obama had a rough start in NYC. His autobiography mentions that he couldn't get into the apartment when he showed up to move in -- so he spent his first night in NYC sleeping outside. Supposedly, he crashed in this alleyway across the street from the apartment. But Obama was eventually able to move in and enjoy the proximity to 25-cent bagels.

"Obviously, this is not a Mount Vernon or a Monticello," Zak Kneider, one of the apartment's listing agents, told The Wall Street Journal. "It's a typical New York City walk-up. A million other people in New York live in these type of apartments."

But as the listing points out, it does provide for "unbeatable dinner conversation."

Zak Kneider and Dalila Bella of CitiHabitats have the listing.

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