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Inside Obama's new home in DC

Konstantin Sheiko
March 6, 2018

After calling Washington, D.C. home for eight years, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have put down permanent roots in the city. In 2016 it was revealed that the Obama family was moving into an 8,200-square-foot house they planned to rent in the exclusive Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C. after they left the White House. This makes Barack Obama the first President to stay in DC after his term since Woodrow Wilson in 1921. 

Apparently it was a good fit, because the Obamas finally decided to buy the mansion. According to Obama’s spokesman Kevin Lewis, “Given that president and Mrs. Obama will be in Washington for at least another two and a half years, it made sense for them to buy a home rather than continuing to rent property," he told the newspapers. The Obamas will reportedly hold onto their Chicago home as well.   

Located just two miles from the White House, the Obamas' new 8,200-square-foot house has nine bedrooms and 8½ bathrooms - plenty of space for the former first family. Former First Lady Michelle Obama discussed her family's new house on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in January. Michelle picked out the house on her own, since the search was happening while her husband was still in office. 

Meanwhile, the couple's 16-year-old daughter, Sasha, “actually killed in this house," Michelle said. "She has this two-room suite, and it’s all decked out. She’s got a living room area and bedroom, and he designed it. So he’s really hating on her”. 

As for their older daughter, who started college at Harvard last fall - “Malia's got a room up in the attic somewhere”, the former first lady said. “She's away at college. You don't waste rooms on college kids”. While the family is adjusting well to their civilian house, Michelle says, there is one standard feature that has been a bit “odd” after eight years on Pennsylvania Ave. “Now I have a door and a doorbell, and people actually trip out when I come to my door and I open it,” she tells DeGeneres. 

Two other family members are unfazed by the addition. “The dogs, Bo and Sunny, don’t know what a doorbell is”, Michelle says. “So the doorbell rings and they’re like, ‘hmm, I never heard that before.’” 

One thing the family carried with them from the White House immediately made the house feel like home, Michelle explains. “What I learned over eight years is that home is where we make it,” she tells DeGeneres. “And we were in the White House for eight years, but it was not the house, it was us in it. It was our values and our love for each other. And we just moved that to another house.”