Bill and Hillary Clinton are selling their house in Chappaqua.
And it’s 80 to 90% certain they’re moving to Westport.
A realtor — who for obvious reasons will remain nameless — said the former president told her they moved to New York state primarily so his wife could run for the Senate.
But several factors are behind the upcoming move.
For one, Fairfield County’s tax burden is significantly lower than Westchester’s. (“I’m amazed he told me that,” the realtor said.)
In addition, last summer Bill fell in love with sailing. He and Hillary lived in Milford while both attended Yale Law School, and he has called their rental cottage at the beach “one of the best places we ever lived.”
But why Westport and not, say, Rowayton or Greenwich?
“The Clintons have several friends in Westport, and always loved coming here,” the realtor said.
“And when we drove through town and I told him all about the development in Saugatuck, his eyes lit up. He said, ‘This might sound silly, but it’s kind of like when I put my office in Harlem. It was the right feeling at the right time.’”
The realtor said the Clintons have looked at property in Green’s Farms and Saugatuck Shores. Bill liked a house very close to Compo, but Hillary thought the area was too “public.”
The realtor said Bill is doing most of the research into Westport. (“I understand that,” she said. “Hillary’s got a full-time job.”)
The realtor was struck by the former president’s interest in local issues. “He’s got a very clever sense of humor,” she noted. “He said, ‘Maybe if I get back into politics, I’ll run for the planning board (P&Z). It looks like that’s where the action is.”
I had to ask: Did she tell Bill about “06880″?
Yes! she said. He loves it — including the comments.
In fact, he told her, “If we move here, I have to meet the Dude!”
(To see photos of 3 of the homes the Clintons are considering, click here.)