After handing over power to Donald J Trump, Barrack Obama and his family headed to Kalorama neighborhood, a home to many embassies and ambassadors’ residence- just two miles away from the White House. The Obamas settled in the 9-bedroom home, formerly owned by Joe Lockhart, a former Whitehouse Press Secretary under Bill Clinton’s regime. The house has a plinth area of 762m2 and houses Barrack, Michelle, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia. They moved into their new home on January 20th, 2017.
The home, which is on a quarter acre of land, is a brick one with hardwood floors and white and gray finishes. It also has a terrace and a garden. The eight-and-a-half bath house was once owned by a war veteran who served in both world wars – Captain, Charles Hamilton Maddox. It also has a gated courtyard that can hold a considerable number of secret service vehicles to protect the family; a privilege that the Obamas and any other former heads of state enjoy for the rest of their lives.
Sources reveal that the reason the first family will stay in the proximity of the DC Presidential residence is to allow their youngest daughter, Sasha, to complete her high school studies, which she is expected to conclude in 2018. It is also rumored that the family is parting with $22,000 as the monthly rent. The home was a perfect choice since it accords them a considerable amount of privacy and presidential poise. As much as the Obama’s will have to adjust to moving from a 65 bedroom castle to the fraction of it, no one will have to feel the effect more than the incoming first family who will have to leave the 24-carat Versailles on the 5th Avenue.