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Inside Michelle and Barack Obama’s D.C. Mansion and Vacation Compound

After living at the most famous address in the U.S. one may wonder just what your next home will look like. Well, for Michelle and Barack Obama it’s not exactly a downgrade.

The former president and first lady spent eight years at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. but when they left the White House they didn’t move too far. In 2016, the couple decided to stay in the area so their youngest daughter, Sasha, could finish school there. The home they moved into is absolutely stunning and so is their vacation home in Massachusetts.

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama | Yui Mok – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Read on to get a glimpse inside the Obamas’ two lavish residences.

The Obamas’ D.C. mansion

Hello! Magazine noted that the pair purchased a Tudor-style mansion in the affluent Kalorama neighborhood of Washington D.C. for $8.1 million.

The property is more than 8,000 square feet and boasts nine bedrooms, eight and a half bathrooms, gardens, terraces, and an au pair suite downstairs. It was built in the 1920s and renovated with marble trimmings and modern touches.

In 2018, Mrs. Obama told Ellen DeGeneres: “We were in the White House for eight years, but it wasn’t the house, it was us in it. It was our value and our love for each other. We just moved that to another house.”

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Michelle also spoke to the talk show host about how Sasha has her own suite with a separate living area.

“Sasha actually killed in this house,” Michelle said. “She has a two-room suite, it’s all decked out. She has like a living room area and a bedroom.”

The former FLOTUS explained that Sasha even designed it all herself. And what about the space her husband got for his office?

“He’s got the smallest room for his office so he’s really hating on her,” Michelle joked.

Their Martha’s Vineyard vacation home

The Obamas also purchased a breathtaking vacation property in Martha’s Vineyard. According to TMZ, they bought the beachfront estate, which was formerly owned by Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, for $11.75 million in 2019.

The home spans 6,892 square feet with seven bedrooms and sits on 29 acres. The living room has vaulted ceilings, exposed steel beams, and a stone fireplace. There’s is also a formal dining area surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. Their kitchen features all-white cabinetry and countertops, a stainless-steel topped island, and a breakfast area. There are also two separate guest wings.

There is another fireplace in the master suite, a marble-covered bathroom, and a private sun deck. The compound comes complete with sea views and has a pool and spa. There’s also an outdoor fireplace and a boathouse.

Martha’s Vineyard had long been a favorite vacation spot for the Obamas even back when they were still at the White House so it makes sense that they would purchase their own pad there.

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President Obama’s Vacation Days – FactCheck.org

Q: Has President Obama taken more vacation time than his predecessors?

A: According to one count, Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush spent more time on “vacation” during their first year than President Obama did. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton spent less time on “vacation.”

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President Obama has spent all or part of 26 days “on vacation” during his first year as president, according to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller.

Knoller, who has covered every president since Gerald Ford and is known for keeping detailed records on presidential travel, counts the following among President Obama’s “vacations” in 2009:

  • A four-day holiday weekend in Chicago in February where the president played some basketball and treated First Lady Michelle Obama to a Valentine’s Day dinner date.
  • An eight-day stay with his family at a rented house on Martha’s Vineyard in August.
  •  A trip out west to the U.S. states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona that combined both business and pleasure. The president held town hall meetings on health care during the trip. And he went fly fishing and took trips to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon with his wife and two daughters.
  • An 11-day stay in Hawaii where the president and his family celebrated Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Some of the president’s recent predecessors, however, have spent more days — either entirely or partially — away from the White House “on vacation” during their first year in office.

President Reagan, in 1981, spent all or part of 42 days away from the White House “on vacation” at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif, according to Knoller. President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, also spent three or four days around New Year’s Day each year in Palm Springs, Calif., at the home of philanthropist Walter Annenberg. (In 1993 the late Mr. Annenberg founded the nonpartisan Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, which is FactCheck.org’s parent organization.)

President George W. Bush spent even more time away from the presidential mansion in the nation’s capital than Reagan. Of the 77 total “vacation” trips the former president made to his Texas ranch while in office, nine of them — all or part of 69 days — came during his first year as president in 2001, according to Knoller.

Bush’s father, President George H.W. Bush, spent less time “on vacation” during his first year than his son, but spent more days than President Obama. According to travel records provided to FactCheck.org by the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the former president took six trips — spanning all or part of 40 days — to the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1989. The archivist at Bush’s presidential library told us she didn’t have a list of all vacations but did have the Kennebunkport visits.

But at least two recent presidents — by Knoller’s count — took less “vacation” time during their first year than President Obama — Presidents Jimmy

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