Clinton Vacation Turns to House Hunt
Clinton Vacation Turns to House Hunt
Aug. 28, 1999
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. (AP) _ President Clinton interrupted his fun-in-the-sun and fund-raising responsibilities Saturday to walk through a potential future home in Westchester County with his wife and daughter.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is scouting real estate in this suburb just north of New York City. Presuming she decides to run for the U.S. Senate next year, she'll need to establish residency by Election Day.
Squeezing a round of house-hunting between a Martha's Vineyard vacation and weekend fund-raising parties in the Hamptons on Long Island, Clinton brushed aside a question about what he wanted in a home.
``Some place nice and airy that will make Hillary happy _ that's what I want,'' the president said. Mrs. Clinton, standing a few yards behind him on Air Force One, laughed.
The Clintons spent nearly two hours inspecting a four-story, white Georgian colonial in Chappaqua that a listing agent said carries a price tag of nearly $1.7 million. It boasts a swimming pool out back and an exercise room on the top floor.
The house sits screened by evergreens at the end of a cul-de-sac called Old House Lane, in a community described by neighbors as a quiet area with good schools.
``It's a very nice house, but we don't have any announcement to make,'' Clinton said after the visit. It was the only house the Clintons saw Saturday.
``I'm a little surprised to see this as a post-presidential neighborhood,'' said Todd Neufeld, 33, who moved in two months ago with his wife Michelle and infant daughter. ``People keep to themselves. It's a quiet neighborhood.''
After the house tour, Clinton left his unusually small motorcade to shake hands with neighbors gathered at the bottom of the street.
One potential neighbor, Osman Osmani, wished the first lady well as she contemplates the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
``I hope you become our next senator,'' Osmani said.
The president jumped in with a reply: ``If she becomes a senator, will I become the first neighbor? I'm looking for a new role in life.''
Another neighbor said the home's current owner is a doctor who founded a chain of health clinics. Many other neighbors are doctors, bankers and other professionals, neighbors said.
Earlier this month, the family spent a Sunday visiting properties in the area, and Mrs. Clinton slipped of the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard unnoticed last Saturday for additional house hunting, said administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
After the house hunt, a money hunt was planned.
The Clintons were the star attractions at a string of political fund-raising parties this weekend in the wealthy Hamptons suburbs on the shores of New York's Long Island.
Some of the money will go toward Mrs. Clinton's all-but-declared Senate race, and some to Democratic candidates generally.
Three events were scheduled for Saturday night.
In East Hampton, the Clintons are hosts for a buffet reception of the young Democrats' ``Saxophone Club.'' The relatively low $250 ticket price was expected to draw about 800 people and raise some $200,000 for the Democratic National Committee.
Later, proceeds from a $1,000-per-plate barbecue dinner for 300 will be divided between Mrs. Clinton's campaign, the DNC and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
A $5,000-per-person lunch for 80 in Southampton on Sunday also was planned. The first $1,000 from every ticket, a party official said, will go to Mrs. Clinton's race, with the remainder shared by the Democratic committees.
In the priciest of the galas, rocker Jon Bon Jovi provides the music at a Bridgehampton dinner Sunday night for the DNC. At $25,000 per couple, Democrats hope the event will raise $900,000.