Pete Buttigieg’s Husband Chasten Claims They Can’t ‘Pay More’ Than a One-Bedroom Condo in DC

Pete Buttigieg’s husband Chasten claims they can’t afford more than a one-bedroom apartment in DC and says the city is ‘almost unaffordable’

  • Chasten complained in an interview on Monday about the capital’s high prices
  • Said he and husband Pete couldn’t find an affordable one bedroom apartment with a den
  • Instead, they moved into a one-bedroom apartment in a building where rents start at $4,500 a month
  • They have signed a lease for the 800 square foot pad in the Eastern Market area for $3,000 with two months of free rent
  • Buttigieg’s salary is $221,400 a year and Chasten, a former high school and drama teacher, is unemployed
  • The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in DC is $2,090 per month, according to rental site Zumper
  • The median salary of a resident of capital is $77,000 per year, according to Payscale

The husband of US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Chasten, claims the couple cannot afford a one-bedroom apartment in Washington DC and says the city is “almost unaffordable.”

In an interview with the Washington Post published on Monday, Chasten complained that a one-bedroom apartment including a study was out of their price range.

Instead, they decided to move to an apartment complex in the Eastern Market area of ​​the city, where rents start at $4,500 per month for a one-bedroom and $5,650 for a two-bedroom.

They chose the site for its high security and amenities, including an elevator.

The husband of US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Chasten, claims the couple cannot afford a one-bedroom apartment in Washington DC and says the city is “almost unaffordable.”

‘We’re doing well, and’ [yet] the city is almost priceless. That tells you how extremely unaffordable it is for a lot of people,” Chasten said in the interview.

Chasten also said the rent was less than $4,500 a month when they signed the lease at the beginning of the year.

They have signed a lease for the 800-square-foot pad for $3,000 with two months of free rent, the Post reported.

The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in DC is $2,090 per month and $2,936 for a two-bedroom apartment, according to rental site Zumper.

The median salary of a resident of capital is $77,000 per year, according to Payscale.

Buttigieg’s salary is $221,400 a year and Chasten, a former high school and drama teacher, is unemployed. “I need a job,” Chasten told the Post.

Chasten told the Post that earlier this year the couple sold their home in South Bend, Indiana, where Pete was mayor from 2012 to 2020.

They still have a house on Lake Michigan in Traverse City, where Chasten grew up and his parents live.

Chasten now says they play “Zillow Price Is Right” and “try to guess out of range the value of the houses they admire and then look up the actual estimate online.”

He did admit that he sees the “charm” in DC and understands the “people who are deeply in love with this city.”

The couple was soon mocked on Twitter for Chasten’s comments during the interview.

“Imagine being so far removed from the real world that you complain that your $4,500-a-month apartment doesn’t have a den,” tweeted Abigail Monroe, press secretary for Republican Senator Josh Hawley.

Americans struggle to pay for basic needs thanks to #bidenflation, but poor Pete & Chasten are not getting a hole in their high-end building. boo hoo.’

Others said the couple could get something “really nice” in DC for $4,500 a month.

Chasten was thrust into the spotlight during the 2020 presidential campaign when husband Pete announced he would be running.

He admits that he sometimes struggles with DC’s insider life to get invited to dinners and parties with lobbyists and lawmakers.

“It’s very hard to make a boyfriend when everyone wants something from your man,” he said. “Or they expect him to do something. It often makes interactions feel inauthentic. You just have to always be on your guard.’

Buttigieg's salary is $221,400 a year and Chasten, a former high school and drama teacher, is unemployed

Buttigieg’s salary is $221,400 a year and Chasten, a former high school and drama teacher, is unemployed

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