Live Where Barack Obama and John Mayer Once Lived
Check out New York Magazine's slideshow of homes where famous folks once resided, from Obama's walkup to Mayer's full-service condo.
New York Magazine recently ran a story about homes where famous (or in some cases, semifamous) people once lived. The best part? The places are all for rent or sale. So if you're looking for a new pad, here's your opportunity to eat and sleep in the same rooms as John Mayer, Barack Obama or the Real World cast.
Our favorite home is a two-bedroom apartment at 142 West 109th St. The modest walkup rental is where President Obama lived in 1981, when he was a student at Columbia. Back then he was paying $360 a month and had to put up with a broken doorbell and barely existent heat. Today the rent is $2,495, the heat works and the spruced-up, exposed-brick interior looks quite charming.
Another favorite is 205 East 16th St., a two-bedroom Gramercy Park condo once occupied by John Mayer and currently on the market with Halstead for $2.65 million. The musician lived in the fifth-floor duplex in 2005 and moved out two years later. The second bedroom, which offers views of the Empire State Building, reportedly served as a music room.
If you're looking for something a little grander, there's the Real World house at 632 Hudson St. Set up as a two-family residence, the 8,000-square-foot townhouse was the setting for the 10th season of The Real World back in 2001.
A word of caution: Some of the rental apartments may have already been snatched up.