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First family shops for houses in suburban New York

August 15, 1999
Web posted at: 9:41 p.m. EDT (0141 GMT)

From staff and wire reports

NEW YORK (AllPolitics, August 15) -- President Bill Clinton, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, spent Sunday house-hunting in New York's suburban Westchester County.

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The Clintons depart Sunday for Westchester County, New York, in search of a house  

The president's mother-in-law, Dorothy Rodham, accompanied the first family on the trip from Washington aboard a small Air Force jet.

The Clintons' first stop was a 4.14-acre, nearly $2.3 million estate in Rye Brook near the Connecticut border, followed by a stop in South Salem to the north of Rye Brook.

White House sources said that the Clintons would look at several houses in the affluent county just north of New York City. A friend of the first lady told CNN that she has a favorite.

Last week, the first lady looked at a seven-bedroom colonial house in Edgemont priced at $1.7 million. The White House did not say if that house was on the list for Sunday's trip.

The house hunt is another sign that Hillary Clinton may run for the New York Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Real estate agents have been scouring Westchester County for months in search of a residence for the family.

The Clintons took time out from house hunting to meet potential neighbors  

The first lady has never worked or lived in New York. She must establish a residence there by Election Day to be eligible.

The house search has been complicated by security concerns. The U.S. Secret Service reportedly wants the Clintons in a house on at least two acres of land, which would make it easier for them to secure its perimeter, as they do at the White House.

The Clinton family has not lived in a private home for nearly two decades. They lived in the Arkansas governor's mansion in Little Rock for 12 years, and they've been at the White House since 1993.

Though the Clintons still face a formidable debt of legal bills, they are not expected to have difficulty qualifying for a mortgage because of their potential earning power after they leave the White House.

Correspondent Chris Black contributed to this report.


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