The Obamas May Be Moving On Up To The East Side

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have allegedly been spotted eyeing an apartment in a historic Upper East Side building, leaving many to ask — Are the Obamas moving to New York?

The New York Post is reporting on their Page Six column that, according to sources who have seen the couple arriving at the building for viewings, the Obamas were spotted looking at 10 Gracie Square on the Upper East Side, situated between East End Avenue and East River Drive and near Gracie Mansion, the current residence of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The Obamas would be in good company in the Gracie Square area: Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, fashionista Betsey Johnson and former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer all live nearby.  Over the years, many notable New Yorkers, such as Gloria Vanderbilt, have lived in the 15-floor building that the Obamas allegedly looked at.  Amenities include a gym and an indoor basketball court.  Most importantly, the building has strong security, including a private elevator and an underground drive-in garage, from which would-be residents could directly access their apartment without stepping outside.

Last week, a duplex apartment in the building was purchased for $10 million, however, it was not confirmed if place was purchased by the Obamas.  The duplex offers up a formal library with a wood-burning fireplace; a kitchen with a six-burner Wolf range, a concrete counter and backsplash, and a sliding wall that can close the room off; and a master bedroom with a separate sitting room and fireplace.  Pics of the dublex can be seen on Curbed, New York.

If the Obama’s did close the deal, it would be their second, slightly pricier home.  The couple purchased a nine-bedroom, 8,200-square-foot, Tudor-style mansion in the Washington, DC, neighborhood of Kalorama for $8.1 million earlier this year.

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