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Former President and First Lady, Barack & Michelle Obama, arriving at the the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago | © AP/REX/Shutterstock
Former President and First Lady, Barack & Michelle Obama, arriving at the the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago | © AP/REX/Shutterstock
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Obama Family May Move to Upper East Side, Reports Say

Picture of Amber C. Snider
Home & Design Editor
Updated: 5 October 2017

New York City may be getting some fancy new residents…

Former President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, are reportedly eyeing Manhattan’s Upper East Side for their next home base. Earlier this year, the power couple bought an $8.1 million, 8,200-square-foot mansion in Washington, D.C., but according to a Page Six report, the Obamas were recently seen checking out a pre-war building on 83rd Street between between East River Drive and East End Avenue.

Upper East Side, NYC | © inacioluc/Shutterstock

Upper East Side, NYC | © inacioluc/Shutterstock

The digs? Let’s just say, they’re pretty classy (but you’d expect that, right?). A $10 million duplex at 10 Gracie Square went into contract recently, and it’s suspected that’s the coveted real estate of the Obama family. The 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom co-op includes views of the East River and overlooks the nearby Carl Schurz Park.

Cherry trees on the UES | © Francois Roux/Shutterstock

Cherry trees on the UES | © Francois Roux/Shutterstock

Former residents of the luxury building (which includes an underground drive-in garage with top security) include American author and critic Alexander Woollcott, conductor Andre Kostelanetz, and Gloria Vanderbilt.

Really though—just imagine if Michelle and Barack Obama were your neighbors. Maybe they’ll even ride the new 2nd Avenue line…

What more New York City news? Check out our guide to the best design and architecture events in October here.