Obama’s College-Era Upper West Side Apartment Lists for $1.5M

Prior to becoming the President of the United States, Barack Obama was just like any other college student studying at Columbia University. However, this Upper West Side apartment he rented around that time in the 1980s was certainly a step up from the usual digs of a college student or recent grad. Now up for sale, the three-bedroom spread has space for entertaining, studying, or unwinding, and has been recently renovated as well. It isn’t as posh as some of the former president’s homes in years since, but then again, it’s tough to compete with the White House.

In an interview years ago with Columbia College Today, Obama spoke about his time at Columbia. He reveals how he spent most of his days at Columbia with his nose in the books. “When I transferred, I decided to buckle down and get serious. I spent a lot of time in the library. I didn’t socialize that much. I was like a monk,” he says. Although living in New York City as a young person calls for plenty of excitement, Obama was sure to stay focused (which obviously paid off).

Positioned on the quiet side street between Broadway and Riverside Drive, the NYC pad truly hits the sweet spot. A welcoming window at the rear of the kitchen allows for delightful mornings with your desired cup of joe or tea. For privacy, all of the rooms are wisely placed at different corners of the apartment, each including the closet space Manhattan buyers crave.

Listed with Scott Harris and Dean “Riley” Moody Jr. of Brown Harris Stevens, the meticulously revamped apartment at 622 West 114th Street is move-in ready and asking $1.45 million.