Want to be Obama’s neighbor? House in Chicago for sale

October 26, 2009

obama-familyCHICAGO – Be President Barack Obama’s neighbor for a cool $1.85 million. 

The 17-room, 6,000 square foot (557 sq metres) brick house for sale adjacent to Obama’s Chicago home needs work to update the kitchen and bathrooms, but there is no need to worry about break-ins, the seller says. 

“It’s definitely got phenomenal security. A whole team of Secret Service agents is posted 20 feet (6 metres) away” night and day, real estate agent Matt Garrison said.

 “Some people may view that as a negative thing but we’re looking for buyers who see it as a positive thing,” Garrison said.

 Prospective owners won’t face daily searches, Garrison said, but visitors will likely have to be cleared in advance.

The Obama family, of course, lives in the White House for now and their Chicago home in the Kenwood neighborhood is presumably vacant. The Chicago Police Department recently scaled down its around-the-clock presence at the house.

But when the Obamas and their two daughters were there, they sometimes chatted with neighbor Bill  Grimshaw and his wife, who preceded them in the neighborhood. The Grimshaws, whose children have grown, bought the home for $35,000 in 1973.

There are many large mansions in the area that have sold for $2 million and more, sometimes to overseas investors, but the depressed real estate market has stifled interest.

“We’re talking to a few traditional, nice families. It’s likely the buyer will turn out to be somebody already looking for a house like that in that area. Maybe the Obama factor will put them over the top,” Garrison said.

– Photo credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst (U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia in Washington)


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I guess you will have to pay me to be his neighbor rather than I spending money to buy a neighboring house. Being right next to the Most Powerful Man on earth isn’t actually comforting, the spotlight is on him but the fringe lighting is enough to frighten away most families who wants to live in peace.

Posted by Lim Boon Chuan | Report as abusive

obama and people like him bring property values down, who would want to live near this bafffoon who is runing our country, hope they get forclosed on, he is a bad president and a worse person

Posted by pr | Report as abusive

if i had to have my neighbors permission to have visitors there’s no way i’d move into the neighborhood. shouldn’t he live in the white house anyway?

Posted by edward orr | Report as abusive