The Obamas shelled out $8.1 million for the DC mansion they’ve been renting since leaving the White House.
The Obamas have purchased the 8,200-square-foot home they’ve been living in since moving out of the White House, The Washington Post reported.
According to property records, Barack and Michelle Obama purchased the home for $8.1 million. It was listed at $5.3 million in 2016 by Joe Lockhart, who was a press secretary for Bill Clinton, but it did not sell. The Obamas rented it in January of 2017.
“Given that President and Mrs. Obama will be in Washington for at least another two and a half years, it made sense for them to buy a home rather than continuing to rent property,” a spokesman for the family told The Post.
Though smaller than the Obamas’ former abode, the house is still a lavish residence in a desirable neighborhood in the nation’s capital. It was built in 1928, renovated in 2012, and contains nine bedrooms, according to its listing on RedFin. The sale price makes it the second-most-expensive home in the Washington, DC, neighborhood of Kalorama, after Jeff Bezos’ 2016 purchase.
The Obamas most likely haven’t spent much time in the home — they have been photographed traveling the world since Barack Obama left office in January.
The Obamas traded white for brick at their newly purchased mansion in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, DC
It’s gated and private, though it’s close to the road
The gated driveway has plenty of space for Secret Service vehicles
Fake gas lanterns flank the entrance
Going inside is a bit like stepping back in time
The living room is stately
The fireplace and mantel lend the home a rustic charm
There are ample seating areas throughout the space
The family room has a wall of sunny windows overlooking the garden out back
The real family room is downstairs, though
The kitchen is bright and updated, with marble counter tops and luxury appliances
It’s also quite long
Next to that is a large dining room — perfect for dinner parties
Upstairs, the master suite has an attached sitting area
a dressing room
and plenty of bathroom space
There are nine bedrooms in the home
There’s also another study upstairs, but the Oval Office it is not
The laundry room in the basement doubles as a second kitchen
Out back, the garden has plenty of room for relaxing and sunning
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