No, at least not yet.
Contrary to a growing number of published reports, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck has not sold his 29-acre Edgartown hideaway on Edgartown Great Pond to former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama.
Island real estate broker Gerrett Conover is handling the property (with co-broker and business partner Tom LeClair), which is for sale at $14.85 million. Conover told the Times this morning through an office spokesperson that “the property has not been sold,” and that he would have no further comment on the matter, until and unless there were something definitive to report.
TMZ, of all media, reported midweek what we’ve been whispering for years here — that the Obamas were coming. They’ve been on-Island vacationing at Grousbeck’s 7,000-square-foot manse this month.
Reportedly (according to reports in media ranging from the New York Post to the Boston Globe), the sale is imminent, pending resolution of contingencies. You might expect contingencies to pop up on a property sale in the $14 million range, so you never know.
Now, this is not our first celebrity home-purchase rodeo, and we can tell you this one feels real, compared, say, with the years-long, on-again, off-again Lady Gaga Chappy homebuying rumor.
Certainly a community that voted more than 3 to 1 for Hillary Clinton in 2016 could be longing for a president they liked to live here.
Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, expressed his excitement on Twitter Thursday: “The Obama’s [sic] are going to be constituents of the #CapeandIslands district!!!”
And don’t forget, the Obamas said they’d live in Washington until youngest daughter Sasha graduated from high school. That happened in June, and Sasha is reportedly heading for U. of Michigan. Older daughter Malia attends Harvard, just a Peter Pan and Red Line ride away.
And Island photographer Anthony Esposito might be becoming a photographer to the stars. His 2015 shots of the Turkeyland Cove house for sale were picked up by the Globe for its piece today. Esposito isn’t holding his breath over impending stardom, but said, “It’s an amazing place. [You can see it] paddleboarding on Edgartown Great Pond.”
Full disclosure: We ran across the former POTUS’ foursome teeing off at Farm Neck today. We thought about yelling a question to him, but figured the people in sunglasses (on a cloudy day) wouldn’t appreciate it, particularly in the middle of his backswing.