Before meeting Michelle, but after escaping his cramped rental on West 109th Street, President Barack Obama called this Park Slope brownstone home. Obama occupied the top floor of the three-story house with his then-girlfriend during the ’80s, moving in shortly after he graduated from Columbia University. While the home was at the time split up into various rental apartments, in 1994, its new owners turned it into a single-family home. Now, as The Real Deal reports, the five-bedroom beauty has just listed for $4.295 million, up for sale for the first time in 23 years.
Located at 640 2nd Street just off Prospect Park, the 3,860-square-foot structure dates back to 1903 and retains much of its historic charm and details. Inside, a double parlor boasts an original china cabinet and stained glass windows, four decorative fireplaces can be found in several of the rooms, and throughout the home beautifully carved wood wainscoting line the spaces.
As far as modern updates go, the garden-level eat-in kitchen has been renovated to include soapstone countertops, custom cabinetry, and high-end stainless steel appliances. There’s also a washer/dryer and a full basement.
The whole home boasts great light, while a south-facing, oversized private garden offers a verdant, private oasis from the city. The listing calls it “rare for a townhouse on a coveted park block.”
As the brokers aptly write: “Rush to this noteworthy home forever stamped with a historical footprint.”
[Listing: 640 2nd Street by Charles L. Ruoff and Alexis Kravitz at Brown Harris Stevens]
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Neighborhoods : Park Slope