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As we wait on news from Washington, D.C., it is interesting to think that the nation's first capital was in New York City. The first president, George Washington, took the oath of office at Federal Hall, which served as the first City Hall. This building was demolished in 1812, but the current Federal Hall stands on the site, which is in the heart of the Financial District, as a national memorial, a model of Greek Revival architecture, and a commemoration of the events that occurred at the previous structure.

It is safe to say that Trump-branded buildings are not likely to enjoy a similar legacy. As these buildings have become the site of protests against the current president's most unpopular policies, their prices and value taken a hit to a point where some have removed the name from the facade altogether. (A petition for Barack H. Obama Avenue, a renamed stretch of Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower, went nowhere.)

The current president notwithstanding, New York has not lost its affection for presidential history despite the Residence Act establishing Washington, D.C. as the new national capital in 1790. Several buildings, streets, and even full neighborhoods (looking at you, Washington Heights!) have been named in honor of past leaders. We take a look at listings that will appeal to history buffs as well as savvy buyers.

Building completed in 1930

199 Units | 13 Floors

President from 1837-1841, George Washington was the first to have a submarine named after him.

790-Riverside-Drive-02 The Riviera via Douglas Elliman
From the listing: Move right into this original classic six perfectly reconfigured into a spacious and beautifully renovated two-bedroom, two-bath home with home office located in The Riviera. Upon entering, a gracious living room with original moldings and marble fireplace (gas) sets the tone.

The Great Room is spacious enough to create a third bedroom. Beautifully proportioned, this room flows seamlessly into the formal dining room. The dining room comfortably seats 6-8 and is perfect for family dinners and hosting parties.
See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 2013

82 Units | 8 Floors

President from 1801-1809, Thomas Jefferson was the first president to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.

211-East-13th-Street-01 The Jefferson via Compass
From the listing: This state of the art split two-bedroom, two-bathroom oasis features a beautifully landscaped private terrace equipped with built in irrigation system as well as a plumbed gas grill. Upon entering the home you are welcomed with over sized dual exposed windows, south- and west-facing, that allow for an abundance of light during anytime of the day. The kitchen is every chef's dream, featuring custom Eggersman natural oak cabinets, Glacier White Corian counter tops, Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler, Wolf gas stove top and Bosch dishwasher. See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 1963

414 Units | 21 Floors

President from 1797-1801, John Adams was the first president to have signed the Declaration of Independence

101-West-12th-Street-01 The John Adams via Compass
From the listing: Endless sky and open city views create a picture-perfect backdrop for this equally impressive home. Clean lines and expansive rooms allow for ease of living and entertaining, all with understated, modern style. Whether hosting groups large or small, this generous living/dining room sets the stage for spirited dinner conversations and a night cap in the glow of twinkling city lights beyond.

The kitchen is renovated to absolute perfection with abundant shaker-style cabinetry, marble counters, Bertazzoni range, slate floors and a wine cooler. The king-sized bedroom easily accommodates a seating area plus home office and has a fabulous double closet with custom doors and interior. Throughout are parquet floors, a washer/dryer and really amazing closets, including a step-in pantry.
See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 2019

10 Units | 4 Floors

President from 1837-1841, Martin van Buren was the first president from the state of New York

299-Van-Buren-Street-01 299 Van Buren Street via HomeDax Real Estate
From the listing: 299 Van Buren is a new boutique building with ten residences on a historic, brownstone, tree-lined block in Bed-Stuy with a common garden and roof deck. Apartment 1B, a duplex, features a private tree-lined garden outfitted with sleek paver flooring located off the kitchen.

It is perfect for outdoor grilling and lounging beneath the stars. The property also features red oak hardwood floors throughout, oversized windows for an abundance of natural light, and an open kitchen with a soft textured design pallet, finished with custom white-washed wood cabinetry, Caesarstone countertops and a stylish stainless-steel sink with disposal. Bosch appliance package includes a pro-style gas range, stainless steel refrigerator/freezer, and a sleek integrated dishwasher.
See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 1900; converted in 2014

12 Units | 7 Floors

President in 1841, William Henry Harrison was the first to give an inaugural address of more than 5,000 words

7-Harrison-Street-01 Seven Harrison via Compass
From the listing: Overlooking historic Staple Street and offering southern exposures, Residence 5S features a gracious corner layout measuring over 2,100 square feet with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The grand entrance gallery is accessed directly from the elevator and leads to an expansive living/dining room nearly 32 feet in length with two exposures. The windowed eat-in kitchen offers a built-in banquette overlooking Staple Street. See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 1903; converted in 1986

237 Units | 12 Floors

140-West-69th-Street-01 Lincoln Spencer Arms via The Corcoran Group

President from 1861-1865, Abraham Lincoln was the first to be photographed at his inauguration

From the listing: This unit has bright floor-to-ceiling windows and a Juliet balcony overlooking West 69th Street for real-time weather forecasts. The spacious loft space may be used for sleeping or storage. Additional closet space provides great storage on main level. See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 1924

96 Units | 6 Floors

President from 1913-1921, Woodrow Wilson was the first president with a Ph.D

299-Eastern-Parkway-02 The Woodrow Wilson via Compass
From the listing: This is a home that you're easily going to fall in love with the minute you're inside. There is a huge foyer with two sizable closets. This space could easily become a home office. The living room and dining room (or third bedroom) are spacious, bright and have high ceilings and beautiful hardwood floors. The kitchen has been completely updated with all new appliances including a washer/dryer combo. The master bedroom easily fits a king-size bed and has great closet space. With its flexible floor plan, this is a home that you can easily grow into. See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 1975

400 Units | 19 Floors

President from 1933-1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to appoint a woman to a Cabinet post

575-Main-Street-01 The Island House via Corcoran
From the listing: Roosevelt Island offers a a tranquil lifestyle with instant access to New York City at a great value. This three-bedroom waterfront home is spacious, bright and has spectacular city and water views. The duplex layout offers the space, privacy and comforts of a true home with the living area above and bedrooms below. There is not a room without an abundance of natural light flowing into it. See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 1999

377 Units | 46 Floors

President from 2016-2020*, Donald Trump was the first to have his name removed from self-built Manhattan properties while in office.

200-Riverside-Boulevard-01 200 Riverside Boulevard via Douglas Elliman
From the listing: This stunning corner two bedroom, two and a half bathroom home offers sweeping views and a living and dining area that are simply perfect for entertaining. There are electric city and river views from every window, including the fabulous kitchen with its new gorgeous counter tops, high-end appliances (such as Wolf and Thermador), fixtures and floors. Both spacious bedrooms have en suite marble bathrooms including the luxurious master bathroom that offers a Jacuzzi tub and separate stall shower. See floor plan and full details here.

Building completed in 1929, converted in 1960

84 Units | 15 Floors

262-Central-Park-West-01 All images of The White House via Douglas Elliman
From the listing: Perched high above Central Park, this award-winning penthouse boasts one of the most spectacularly landscaped, wrap-around private terraces in Manhattan. Offering approximately 3,400 square feet of interior space and 2,500 square feet of finished exterior space, this majestic home in the sky features large-scale rooms, massive picture windows, and stunning unobstructed views of Central Park, the Manhattan skyline, and beyond from virtually every room.

A private elevator landing ushers you into an elegant entry gallery, leading to the apartment's great room, corner exposure library/media room (or fourth bedroom), and formal dining room. All of these rooms graciously open onto the apartment's private terrace. Complete with gas outdoor grill, custom lighting, automatic irrigation, as well as a magnificent water feature, this exquisite terrace serves as a divine extension of the interior entertaining spaces and master suite.
See floor plan and full details here.

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