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National Briefing / Illinois

Obama's neighbor is selling house

September 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

If you've got the money, you could be President Obama's neighbor in Chicago.

The 17-room home next door to his house in a ritzy neighborhood is on the market.

It doesn't have a price tag yet, but the listing agent said the "Obama factor" would play a role. Homes in the area usually go for up to $2.5 million.

The current owners bought the 6,000-square-foot home, with eight bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms, for $35,000 in 1973.

Living near the Obamas isn't without hassles. The block is barricaded even when the Obamas aren't home, and getting on the street means being on a Secret Service list. Prospective buyers must be prequalified to look at the house and will be screened by the Secret Service.

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