Take A Look Inside The Obamas’ New Home Before It's Banned
According to Chicago Tribune, when a president retires from the White House, the first family will usually leave Washington D.C.. However, the Obamas didn’t follow the tradition. Instead they paid $8.1 million for a house that once belonged to former President Bill Clinton’s press secretary, Joe Lockhart. The rumor is that their luxury mansion shames the White House - Let’s take a look inside!
1. Neighbors With Donald Trump
In an interview with Ellen Degeneres, Michelle Obama said that the Obamas "live in the neighborhood, down the street from the White House." So they are practically neighbors with President Trump and First Lady Melania. Moreover, According to The Washington Post, the new Obama residence is only a 3-minute walk from the home of First Daughter Ivanka Trump. That sounds like it could be a bit awkward, but Michele has claimed she is okay with it.
2. Just A Regular House With A Door And Doorbell
When talking with Oprah Winfrey, Michelle said that for the first time in eight years, she was living in a regular house with a door and doorbell. She told Degeneres that the whole family is getting used to their new life, including the dogs, Bo and Sunny. Neither of them had ever heard a doorbell before!
3. Michelle Obama Picked Out The House
Michelle said that “Because [Barack] was being president when we had to move, so he didn't really have time to go house-hunting.” Luckily the former first lady has great taste. The house has all the trappings of a classic Tudor abode, with its white-washed brick facade and steeply pitched roof. On the inside it boasts nine bedrooms and eight and a half bathrooms covering a total of nearly 8,500 square feet. It also has three fireplaces, and stunning hardwood floors.
4. A State-Of-The-Art Kitchen
The kitchen is decorated with white cabinetry and equipped with what Zillow called "state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances.” Michelle said that she would “go downstairs and open the cabinet in my own kitchen - which you don't do in the White House - and I made myself toast. Cheese toast." Then she brought the toast outside and sat on the stoop alongside her dogs. Now she can finally enjoy the quiet and peaceful life she has always desired.
5. A Classic Dining Room
The dining room features recessed lighting and a modern chandelier against a unique hardwood ceiling - a perfect place for family dinners. The wainscoted walls also offer another touch of formality to this elegant space.
6. A Spacious Yard
The Obamas can also enjoy some fresh air in the yard. The dogs love playing in the yard, but it took some time to adjust as they’d never heard neighboring dogs before. "They're like, 'What's that?'" Michelle said of Bo and Sunny hearing barking for the first time.
7. Barack Obama Is Not Satisfied
Michelle once joked that Barack Obama was not happy with the house, saying “He got so shortchanged on this whole deal. He doesn't have enough closet space." However, the house has a dressing room with wall-to-wall closets and an island for clothes storage. Perhaps Michelle needs all the closets for her amazing wardrobe.
8. Where The Former First Couple Watch All Their Shows
The house features two sitting rooms - one decorated with comfy furniture plus a fireplace with traditional white mantle; the other has floor-to-ceiling windows complete with French doors leading out to the backyard. Since the latter has a TV above the mantle, we can assume that’s where the former first couple watch all their shows.
9. Sasha Obama's "Two-Room Suite"
Michelle Obama told Degeneres “Sasha has, like, this two-room suite. It's all decked out. She's got like a living room area and a bedroom - and she designed it.” Now we can see why Barack Obama is not happy.
10. Poor Malia’ Room Is In The Attic Somewhere
Sasha may have the best room in the house, but her older sister is not so lucky. “She's got a room up in the attic somewhere, Malia," Michelle Obama told Ellen Degeneres on her show. "She's away at college. You don't waste rooms on college kids."
11. An Elegant Master Bedroom
Barack and Michelle Obama have a private, elegant and understated bedroom - just like the one in the White House. The room features a wall of windows to allow in natural light, neutral bluish-gray walls and crown molding that exudes elegance, as well as thick draperies that provide privacy and block out any unwanted morning light.
12. The Basement Of All Basements
Can a basement be exciting? Well, the Obamas have the basement of all basements. The lowest floor of the Kalorama mansion has a built-in bookcase that spans the entire length of one wall as well as another kitchen! The secondary kitchen is as well equipped as the one upstairs and even features a washer and dryer for laundry.