DECONSTRUCTED: Obama’s walk-up

The US president’s college apartment was vacant and looking for candidates last month. PERE Magazine July/August 2010 issue

A third-floor walk-up apartment inhabited by Barack Obama in 1981, when he was a junior student at New York’s Columbia University, has gone on the market for $1,900 a month.

Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, just a quarter of a mile from the esteemed university, the apartment is conveniently located near local campus watering holes the Lion’s Head Tavern (Columbia’s mascot is the Lion) and the Village Pourhouse.

While there is no presidential premium included in the rent for the modestly-sized one-bedroom which features a “windowless office” and which Obama shared with a roommate, the real estate broker’s listing does include the line: “A piece of American history at your fingertips!”, The New York Times reported. Just like countless other one-bedrooms in New York City, the apartment does includes exposed brick walls, hardwood floors – and unfortunately – a view of an industrial building directly across the street.

The broker in charge of renting the apartment had yet to find a tenant to fill the space at press time, but did mention that an interested candidate had dropped off an application. Whoever is looking to follow in Obama’s footsteps, they have some big shoes to fill.