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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

For the first time since 1994, the beautiful brownstone located in Park Slope at 640 Second Street is on the market. 

The asking price for this historic home constructed at the beginning of the 20th century is $4.295 million. In addition to maintaining many of the building’s original details, another plus is that former president Barack Obama was once a tenant at this glorious residence in his “pre-Michelle” days. 

After graduating from Columbia University, Obama lived in the top floor apartment, back in the mid- 1980s, when the townhouse was a multi-family building. It has since been turned into a single-family home that spans five floors, and contains three bathrooms and five bedrooms. At around a total of 3,860 square feet, the asking price comes out to about $1,113 per square foot.

Curbed reports, “The majority of the home has remained true to its original design, with details like four decorative fireplaces, original china cabinets, stained glass windows, wood wainscoting, and more. The kitchen has been renovated with lovely custom cabinetry and fancy stainless steel appliances along with a large breakfast nook that looks out onto the landscaped garden. There is also a full basement, washer/dryer unit, many closets, decorative wallpaper, and even a claw foot tub in one of the bathrooms.”

“In ‘Barack Obama: The Story,’ author David Maraniss said the brownstone was owned by an employee of the Brooklyn Friends School in Park Slope, where his girlfriend worked as an assistant teacher,” according to The Real Deal.

Public records show that since 1994 the home has been owned by Claire and Michael Robinson.

By Hannah Hayes