May 8, 2023 - Real Estate

The D.C. house Obama lived in as a senator is for sale

The outside of a three-story rowhouse with a red door, where Obama lived in the basement.

Obama lived in the property with the red door. Photo: Courtesy of Scott Goodson

The house Barack Obama lived in as a senator is up for sale.

Flashback: Before leveling up to 1600 Penn, Obama came to Washington in 2005 as a senator from Illinois. He rented a one-bedroom apartment in a Capitol Hill building facing Stanton Park, per an UrbanTurf article from 2013.

What he's saying: The place had a "vintage, college-dorm, pizza, empty-bottle feel to it," Obama later told "60 Minutes."

  • He said he was teased for being “the only senator who has a worse apartment than your 25-year-old staff people.”

“I really respect people who have money or status or both and can live a minimal existence like he did,” landlord Johnsie Walsh told UrbanTurf at the time.

The rowhouse at 227 6th St. NE — three bedrooms and 2.5 baths in all — is on the market for $1,279,000.

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the apartment Obama lived in was not in a basement.

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