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Here’s Where Obama Will Live Once He Leaves the Oval Office

President Obama plans to lease a house in DC's posh Kalorama neighborhood.


President Barack Obama and his family plan to stay in Washington, D.C. after he leaves the Oval Office so Sasha, his daughter, can finish high school at Sidwell Friends School. If it’s possible to find an upgrade from the house located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the president might have found it.

According to Politico, the Obamas will lease the mansion of former White House spokesman Joe Lockhart and Giovanna Gray, located in Washington’s posh Kalorama neighborhood. The house is 8,200 square feet and was built in 1928. Lockhart, who is now the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, and Gray, who handles special projects for Glamour magazine, now live in New York.

Their house has nine bedrooms, eight and a half baths, and sounds ideal for entertaining. The Obamas will need the space for the continuing Secret Service protection the family will receive after the presidency. You can find photos of the house here.

By comparison, the White House is about 55,000 square feet. It has 132 rooms, including 16 guest rooms, one main kitchen, one diet kitchen, one family kitchen, and 35 bathrooms. So at first, the Obamas might feel a little cramped.

For a long time, the buzz around town was that Obama would move back to Chicago, where his presidential library will be located, or New York once he was done serving his country; the president has never hid his disdain of the capital. Leaving might happen down the line, but for now, his extra time in D.C. will be lived in luxury.

There is still some mystery left in the president’s post-office real estate plans: Will Obama and his wife Michelle retire to Asheville, a small, liberal town tucked away in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina? (For the record, the White House says no.)

Photo credit: CHRIS KLEPONIS/Getty Images

This post has been updated with a link to photos of the home. 

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