The Obama’s have made it no secret that they plan on remaining in Washington D.C. after leaving the White House. What we didn’t know is where exactly, until now. Thanks to reports by the National Journal and Independent Journal Review, their new neighborhood has been revealed.
The New Home
The First Family is reportedly moving to an eight-bedroom, nine-and-a-half-bathroom home on Belmont road in the exclusive Kalorama neighborhood. The 8,200 square-foot house is owned by Joe Lockhart and his wife Giovanna Gray.
Lockhart served as press secretary and senior advisor to President Bill Clinton from 1998 to 2000 and also advised John Kerry during his presidential bid. The Obamas plan to rent the property from Lockhart and his family, while they live in Manhattan as Lockhart just accepted a job as executive vice president of communications with the NFL. His Wife Giovanna Gray is the Washington Editor of Glamour.
The house, which is reportedly worth $6.35 million, includes parking for up to ten cars and a full suite ready for Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, to move into as well. I bet you didn’t know that she currently lives with them in the White House as well!
The neighborhood, which is between Massachusetts Avenue NW and Connecticut Avenue NW, has 28 embassies within its limits and is near Embassy Row, so security is already tight in the area. However, as former president, Obama will receive lifetime protection from the U.S. Secret Service.
The reason the Obamas are in no rush to leave D.C. is because they want their younger daughter, Sasha, to finish school at Sidwell Friends in Northwest D.C.. Moving to Kalorama will cut her commute in half and make it convenient for her to finish her schooling.