VALERIE BOWMAN JARRETT is co-chair of Obama’s transition team. She was a senior advisor during his campaign.
Family: One daughter, Laura, a Harvard University law student.
Current Address: Jarrett lives in “a stately art-deco co-op in the Kenwood neighborhood just north of Hyde Park,” according to an August profile published in The New Republic.
About the neighborhood: Kenwood is Hyde Park’s wealthier neighbor to the north. If you saw pictures of Obama trick-or-treating with his daughter Sasha and thought, Damn, that’s a nice neighborhood, well that’s Kenwood, according to Chelton Blackburn, a local resident and a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker, Hyde Park. Chicago’s Gold Coast and Streeterville neighborhoods are also known for housing some of the city’s deep pockets. But they lack the charm and cerebral atmosphere-“great old bookstores” and “small art galleries”-of Kenwood/Hyde Park. The area is not overly built-up, commercially speaking. “One of the things that the University of Chicago’s done is to make sure that a lot of small shops don’t get pushed out of the way,” says Blackburn. No Wal-Marts allowed. “They really discourage that. So I don’t think this will ever be a shopping-mall area.”
And the selection…
2501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Unit 2B
Neighborhood: West End/Georgetown
Price tag: $1.979 million
Why: This new two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath condo is about eight blocks from the White House, but it’s also within spitting distance of M Street and the Georgetown riverfront-not exactly a stand-in for Lake Michigan, but you know, water. Shaw might be another option. It resembles Hyde Park in many ways: Both have deeply rooted histories and universities that help define their respective communities. Yet it seems unlikely Jarrett will try to duplicate her South Side neighborhood. Instead, she will likely opt for convenience and proximity to power: dealmaking spots like Georgetown’s Café Milano and Citronelle. Plus, such a plugged-in lady will likely appreciate being near D.C.’s first Apple store! (That is, if it ever opens.) As someone who has vacationed in Martha’s Vineyard, she won’t find the neighborhood dress code-Nantucket red slacks, sweaters gently draped over shoulders, matching mother/daughter pearls-terribly jarring.