Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton’s $10 million New York City apartment has been described as a "luxury fortress," as reported by the New York Daily News. Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, moved into their digs in 2013, a few years after they married. The couple has since welcomed two children — Charlotte and Aidan — and, as of this writing, Clinton and Mezvinsky are expecting a third.
Although New York City apartments are certainly not known for being very spacious, the couple and their children have plenty of room — about 5,000 square feet — to roam and spread out. In fact, Clinton’s apartment, while not the White House, is impressive, as it’s the longest apartment in the entire city and extends over a full Manhattan block, as noted by the Daily Mail. And yes, the views of 26th Street and 27th Street are perhaps even more incredible than we can comprehend. Are you curious to see inside the modern mansion Clinton calls home? Let’s go.
Location, location, location
Clinton’s apartment is located squarely in the middle of the Flatiron District, an area named after the city’s landmark Flatiron Building. This is a very desirable part of not just Manhattan, but New York City as a whole. Layla Law-Gisiko, a resident and member of the community board, explained to The New York Times that the district encompasses part of the Ladies’ Mile Historic District and its "fabulous architecture." When resident Natasha Corio first moved to the area, she said it "wasn’t the hottest neighborhood in Manhattan," but her opinion has since changed. "We’re in the heart of the city," she stated.
The Flatiron District is home to multimillion-dollar properties like Clinton’s home, as well as to boutique shops. Resident Nicholas Athanail, who first moved into the neighborhood back in the mid ’90s, told the publication that the district has also "really become a foodie heaven." It’s quite a place to live, that’s for sure.
An "environmentally conscious" home
For many years, Chelsea Clinton has been concerned about mankind’s impact on the world. In an interview with Parade, Clinton said that "trying to save endangered animals and help save our planet" was the "first global issue [she] felt a connection to." She continued, saying, "I find it painful that 30 years later we have to still be working to combat climate change to save the planet and try to save the species that are imperiled today."
Out of concern for the environment, Clinton has taken many small steps to reduce her own carbon footprint, like taking shorter showers. She’s also teaching her children to care for their environment. "With our supervision, our 4-and-1/2-year-old daughter can help us change lightbulbs and, when we do, we talk to her about how important it is for our home to be as environmentally conscious as possible," she told Parade. "The kids may not understand the words but hopefully that sense of family responsibility and family citizenship will affect their actions and the ways in which they act in the world over time."
Knowing what we do about Clinton, we’d assume her NYC home must reflect her strong environmental beliefs.
Clinton knows all too well the importance of security. According to HuffPost, suspicious packages with "potential explosive devices" were sent to her parents’ home in New York and former President Barack Obama’s office in Washington, D.C in October 2018. Thankfully, they were intercepted by the Secret Service. "Every day, I am grateful to the women and men of the United States Secret Service," the former first daughter tweeted at the time. "Thank you."
You can certainly see why Clinton purchased a home in The Whitman building as it is, according to the Daily Mail, "billed as among the most secure in Manhattan." Although The Whitman features just four apartments, the realtors who listed the building, Melanie Lazenby and Dina Lewis, told the publication there’s "a full-time doorman." They added, "I don’t know any other building with that kind of personal service." According to the real estate listing, the building also has a "key locked elevator with private elevator landings."
Stunning views of the neighborhood
Of course, a good security system cannot be the only reason Clinton loves her home. With her apartment stretching over both 26th Street and 27th Street, that means she doesn’t just have a great street view. According to the home’s listing, it features "stunning direct Madison Square Park views." And that’s a view that will never get old. With nearly wall-to-wall windows in the master bedroom and living room of her apartment at The Whitman, Clinton has a swoon-worthy panoramic view of the city sights.
But is she planning to give up the gorgeous views to run for president of the United States? Clinton isn’t ruling out running for office — and thus returning to the White House — but she’s happy with her local politicians. "For me, I live in a neighborhood in the city and in a state where I feel my family, and what I hope for the world, is well represented," she told USA Today. While she’d like change "at the national level," she added, "But I like my City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, I like my senators and I love my public advocate Letitia James who I hope is the next attorney general."
A place to relax
Having amazing views of Manhattan may make you just want to stay home and take it all in. And really, we wouldn’t blame Chelsea Clinton if that’s what she decided to do. However, she leads quite the busy life.
In March 2017, she became a director at the travel company Expedia. She’s also the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation and teaches at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. And, if that weren’t enough, she’s also an author of children’s books.
"Like so many moms," she told Romper, "I don’t think I will ever feel there are enough hours in the day to do all the things with my kids I wish I could do — even on the days when I’m home. But I know I am lucky to have control over my schedule so I can be home most weekends and in the mornings or evenings and hopefully both." Thankfully, Clinton’s minimalist apartment features a zen den where the family can unwind.
A sleek, modern kitchen
Chelsea Clinton’s ultra modern kitchen is located just off of a living room that overlooks Madison Square Park. With not one but two dual built-in ovens, dinner parties are surely no problem for the Clinton family. Separate ovens are also a pretty great thing for preparing food for people with food allergies. Clinton herself is thought to eat a gluten-free diet after having a gluten-free wedding cake. But as great as the appliances are, the custom textured white Arclinea cabinetry may be even cooler. They make this fairly modest-sized kitchen feel pretty grand. The kitchen’s waterfall countertops add an exceptionally sleek feel.
When Clinton’s children are old enough to take out the kitchen trash, they’re going to be happy that they don’t have to venture outside in the cold New York City winters or humid summers to do so. Next to the home’s private foyer is the trash chute. And just off the kitchen is also a "refrigerated package room" for receiving temperature-dependent deliveries like groceries. Um, yes, please!
Spacious city bedrooms
The average size of your garden variety New York City apartment is only getting smaller. One study found that units built between 2010 and 2016 were only about 866 square feet — which is about 24 feet smaller than the apartments that were built in the aughts.
However, this isn’t the case for The Whitman, which was built in the early 1920s. Clinton’s apartment in particular has some seriously palatial bedrooms — well, as far as Manhattan bedroom sizes go. The nearly 5,000-square-foot apartment features four bedrooms — each with their own bathroom and two bedrooms with their own dressing rooms (via the Daily Mail). The master bedroom is, of course, the largest of the four rooms, as it runs the entire width of the apartment and overlooks 27th Street. The other bedrooms are generous sizes, especially for kiddos. Luckily for Clinton’s children, they won’t have to fight over one bathroom. Though who gets the giant walk-in closet? Hmm.
A stunning bathroom made of Italian marble
Of the six and a half bathrooms throughout the home, one most certainly takes the (gluten-free) cake. As the floor plan of Clinton’s place highlights, the Whitman unit features a "full Italian marble slab master bathroom." And it’s as amazing as it sounds. Frameless glass doors separate the spacious shower from the rest of the bathroom. The soaking tub also has a room of its own — complete with a marble step leading to the bath.
Although you might not think much of the bathroom fixtures, they’re anything but builder grade. Instead, each and every bathroom has quality Dornbracht or Hansgrohe fixtures. Every ensuite bathroom also has a tub — which surely comes in handy for the kids. In an interview with Scary Mommy, Chelsea Clinton said daughter Charlotte, much like other children, plays with bath toys. However, her toy of choice is not a rubber ducky but an action figure of her "Granma" Hillary Clinton in a blue pantsuit.
So long, second home!
For a time, Chelsea Clinton owned two homes in the Flatiron District. After getting married, she purchased a nearly 2,000-square-foot apartment with similar views of Madison Square Park. Although much smaller, the home was comparably modern and stunning. After living in the home for about three years, the couple moved just a few short blocks away to their 5,000-square-foot home to raise their family.
Still, Clinton didn’t sell the couple’s initial property right away. It actually wasn’t until 2016 that they decided to list the apartment and, in 18 short days, it sold for just under $6 million. We don’t know for sure if Clinton will always reside in New York City or if, perhaps, her journey will see her back in the White House, but we know that she has a fondness for life in the Flatiron District. And, after touring her incredible "luxury fortress," you just might too.