David Axelrod Buys $1.7m Condo

David Axelrod, one of President Obama’s top political strategists, has splashed out on a fancy deluxe Chicago condo.

Axelrod, currently communications director for Obama’s re-election campaign – essentially, he’s the top man between Obama and the media – paid out $1.7 million for the property last month. The Chicago Tribunereports the pad is a 3,320-square-foot apartment on the 42nd floor of a Michigan Avenue high-rise.

The 57-year-old worked as a senior advisor in the Obama White House from 2009 until 2011, before skedaddling to start work on the re-election campaign. Though much of his life is spent in Washington, he has always kept a home base in Chicago, and describes himself as a “Chicagoan on assignment.”

His new 4-bedroom/4-½ bath unit should make heading home considerably more pleasant. The Tribune reports that the property boasts views of Lake Michigan, a marble foyer, his and hers baths in the master suite, and a garage space.

Axelrod was a major cog in Obama’s successful 2008 election campaign, and told The Washington Post at the time, “I thought that if I could help Barack Obama get to Washington, then I would have accomplished something great in my life.”

After the 2012 election finishes in November, Axelrod is planning to go and lead the Institute of Politics at his alma mater, the University of Chicago.

[Via Chicago Tribune]