After President Obama left the White House, he and his family moved into a nine-bedroom mansion in Washington, D.C. Now, however, the Obamas are moving to a quiet, but equally luxurious, home on Martha’s Vineyard, the iconic island south of Cape Cod. Take a look inside their incredible new house!
When both of the Obamas’ daughters went to school in Washington, D.C., it made sense for them to stay in the city. Now that their daughters have enrolled in Harvard and the University of Michigan, the former president and his wife decided to change location. So, the Obamas purchased a beautiful new home on the quiet island of Martha’s Vineyard, renowned for its incredible views, pristine beaches, and celebrity mansions.
The Obamas are certainly not unfamiliar with Martha’s Vineyard, having spent many summers there. In fact, Sasha had her first job at a seafood restaurant on the island! Still, President Obama and wife Michelle spent plenty of time shopping around. In the end, they landed on a 7,000-square foot home that sits on a 29-acre waterfront lot facing the Edgartown Great Pond, one of the island’s largest bodies of water.
While some of the houses on Martha’s Vineyard are quite old, the Obamas went with a more modern option. Designed and built in 2001 by the San Francisco-based firm Brandenburger Taylor Lombardo Architects, the mansion is a one-of-a-kind house.
A waterfront home, some might think the house is simply a Cape Cod beach house. While that’s certainly the idea behind the design, the Obamas’ new mansion features some essential differences that separate it from the more traditional Cape Cod homes. It has plenty of open space, many decks and balconies, high ceilings, and massive windows. One of the balconies even features a relaxing Jacuzzi tub! Meanwhile, the rest of the property houses a barn, pool, boathouse, and a garage for two cars.
Inside The House
The Obamas must have loved living in the White House, as the interior of the new Martha’s Vineyard features quite a bit of white paint. Of course, there are other neutrals in the details, including beige, gray, and different shades of brown. However, it’s mostly white! Still, it all works, as it clearly pops, even using simple colors.
Continuing through the home, the living room comes complete with a large stone fireplace, steel beams, vaulted ceilings, and, as seen in the photo, stone flooring. And all the other rooms feature similar, interesting designs. The kitchen has a black and white theme, with black wood floors. Meanwhile, unlike most, the dining room is a circular room!
The former president caught a great deal on the home, grabbing the mansion for $11.75 million. While that seems expensive to us ordinary folk, the house initially sold for $22.5 million! Before the Obamas picked it up, it was listed at $14.85 million; but after some negotiating, they brought it down. Now, they have a beautiful mansion that will surely stay with them for many years.