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Fame Slept Here

The Facts: Two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,350-square- foot Greenwich Village apartment.
Rent: $5,500 per month.
Agent: Chris Toland, the Corcoran Group.

Franklin Roosevelt’s legacy is in the news every day right now, which makes it oddly pleasing to contemplate living in this brick townhouse near University Place. A plaque on the façade proudly proclaims its most famous former resident: Eleanor Roosevelt. Though she and Franklin were extremely well equipped when it came to real estate—besides the great spread in Hyde Park, they occupied a pair of conjoined townhouses in the East Sixties, shared with her husband’s domineering mother—Eleanor retained this apartment downtown as a pied-à-terre during most of FDR’s presidency, from 1933 to 1942. Listing broker Chris Toland says that many details remain unchanged from her time here, though the back porch where she would sleep on hot summer nights has since been enclosed.


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