NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Like the Jeffersons, Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving on up to the East Side — in his case to the Gracie Mansion.
So, for the right price, you might be able to rent his home on a tree-lined street in Brooklyn, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Wednesday.
It’s a 100-year-old yellow clapboard home on a leafy street in Park Slope. It’s very, very secure, with a police guard house outside and a newly installed high-tech security system in a tree outside.
“It’s a hot commodity to get a private house in this neighborhood,” real estate agent Stephen Raiola said.
Raiola, of Brownstone Real Estate in Park Slope, said he would jump at the opportunity to rent the mayor’s home for him. De Blasio aides said the mayor is trying to decide whether to do that once the family moves to Gracie Mansion at the end of the summer.
“I think that house could fetch close to $7,500 a month. I think he possibly he could even get more maybe,” Raiola said.
What you would get for $7,500 is a three-bedroom house, with one bathroom. It has an eat-in kitchen with a wall of white built-in cabinets and a backyard suitable for barbecues.
However, Raiola said if de Blasio wants to get the maximum rent, “I like to show a house with furniture in it. I think it shows better and, of course, you’d like to have a nice paint job.”
Apparently, there will be no shortage of takers.
“It has beautiful surroundings, beautiful restaurants, beautiful people, beautiful park up there,” said Natalie Portman of Staten Island.
“I think everybody’s interested in living here,” added Adam Friedland of Park Slope. “Everybody’s getting good rent here.”
“I think that he should stay. I like the fact that he lives here,” resident Christopher Motta said.
Experts estimate that the mayor could make a lot of money as a landlord — the difference between the mortgage and the rent being somewhere around $4,000 a month, Kramer reported.
One thing potential renters should remember is that the lease, much like the mayor, is term-limited — eight years if he wins re-election; four years if he does not.
The de Blasios moved into the house 14 years ago. It has an assessed value of $1.4 million, but real estate experts said he could sell it for as much as $2.3 million, Kramer reported.
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