President of the United States, Barack Obama’s presidency is set to end on January 20, 2017 when the 45th president is expected to take office.
For more than two years however, the media has been awash with speculations on where the Obamas, will reside when they leave the comforts of the White House.
Those speculations were put paid to last week when Obama confirmed that he would remain in Washington after his tenure ends so that his daughter can finish high school with her class. Though he admitted he wasn’t sure where he and his wife Michelle will settle down for the long term, he revealed that they won’t bother about that decision until his daughter, Sasha finishes at Washington Sidwell Friends School in 2019. He also revealed that his older daughter Malia, who graduates from Sidwell in June 2016, would take a gap year before enrolling at Harvard.
So where will the Obamas live when he leaves the White House?
Obama and his family plan to move to a mansion in the upscale Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, which is just two miles from the White House.
The 8,200-square-foot, nine-bedroom home is valued around $6 million with an estimated monthly rent of $22,000.
The property is owned by Joe Lockhart, a former press secretary and senior adviser to Bill Clinton.
Kalorama is one of Washington’s wealthiest ZIP codes, in a secluded precinct backing up to Rock Creek Park that is home to diplomats and a focal point of the capital’s cocktail-party circuit.
The luxurious home boasts spacious rooms with hardwood floors, white marble countertops, his-and-her master bathrooms and a terrace with formal gardens.
The location also meets Mr. Obama’s need to accommodate the Secret Service contingent that remains with a president after leaving office. A gated courtyard on the side has space for several vehicles and the addition of a guardhouse.
The Obamas will live down the block from the embassy of Oman and the European Union ambassador to the United States, and around the corner from Gérard Araud, the French ambassador known for entertaining often at his Tudor Revival mansion.
History of the mansion
Obama’s future home has a rich history. It was built in 1928 by F. Moran McConihe, a real estate developer who played an important role in the expansion of Kalorama and served in the General Services Administration under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
It was bought by Capt. Charles Hamilton Maddox, a veteran of both world wars, who in 1912 designed and tested, in-flight, the first successful radio equipment used in Naval aircraft. His daughter, Muriel Maddox, acted alongside Marlon Brando in the movie “The Men” and wrote a number of romance novels.
The neighborhood has long been home to prominent politicians, including Woodrow Wilson, William Howard Taft, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding, Herbert Hoover and Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
- Daniel Fayemi for encomium.ng