He’s had a big presence in Washington DC in the past two Democratic presidencies — for both former President Bill Clinton and current President Barack Obama — but David Axelrod calls Chicago home.

The political and election adviser owns two condos in the Windy City, and one of them was recently listed for $1.25 million.

Axelrod and his wife, Susan, bought the unit at 505 N Lake Shore DR #4604, Chicago IL 60611 in 2002 for $950,000, according to property records. The building, Lake Point Tower, was built in 1969 but obviously has gone through several updates; Axelrod’s condo in particular has had a full, custom remodel.

Measuring 3,200 square feet, the home has 3 bedrooms, 4 baths and a 38-foot-wide great room, which has direct views of Lake Michigan and, claims the listing, is “perfect for entertaining!” In the past, the condo probably did its fair share of entertaining — likely President Obama stopped by a number of times. Not only did Axelrod run both of Obama’s campaigns and serve as a senior adviser, but he was one of the people who read “The Audacity of Hope” before it went to press.

Axelrod recently announced he was stepping out of politics and accepted a job with MSNBC and NBC News as a political analyst. Perhaps it’s this change in career that prompted a change in real estate as well.

Thinking you want to get into politics? Perhaps the next step is owning Axelrod’s place. With a 20 percent down payment, the monthly payment on a 30-year mortgage would be $4,705, according to Zillow’s mortgage calculator.


Erika Riggsa real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties and home design trends. Read more of her work here

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Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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