President Barack Obama and his family will not be too far from the White House when he will leave office in January.
According to a New York Times report, they will move into a $6 million-(around Rs 40 crore) mansion in the upscale Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, barely three kilometers from the White House.
Obama, who has said his family will remain in Washington until his daughter Sasha completes high school in 2018, would rent the 8,200-square-foot, nine-bedroom home, the American daily quoted anonymous sources as saying.
Spacious rooms with hardwood floors, white marble countertops, his-and-her master bathrooms and a terrace with formal gardens, the house is picture of luxury and it doesn’t come cheap.
The estimated monthly rent of the house owned by Joe Lockhart, a former press secretary and senior adviser to Bill Clinton, will be $22,000 (around Rs 15 lakh).
The White House refused comment on the President’s plans first reported by Politico, the NYT said.
Obamas would be moving in one of Washington’s wealthiest areas, in a secluded precinct backing up to Rock Creek Park that is home to diplomats and is the centre of the capital’s cocktail-party circuit.
“It’s a very quiet neighbourhood; that’s part of the reason why all of us like it there,” said Tony Podesta, a Democratic lobbyist and brother of John D Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.
As news of the Obama’s housing plans became public, journalists and news photographers flocked to the block. “My housekeeper was a little freaked out,” Podesta told NYT.
While the Obamas still own a home in Chicago, the President said in March his family would remain in the Washington area until Sasha graduated from high school.
The neighborhood has long been home to prominent politicians, including Woodrow Wilson, William Howard Taft, Franklin D Roosevelt, and Edward M Kennedy.
Residents describe the neighbourhood as an oasis of residential calm in the middle of a bustling city.
“You can get almost anyplace in Washington that you want to go to in 15 minutes, but on the weekend, it’s like you’re in the country,” the report quoted Bart Gordon, a former congressman who will be the Obamas’ next-door neighbour, as saying. “He’ll be welcomed to the neighborhood; I just hope he doesn’t get too rowdy.”