President Barack Obama and his family will be moving to a mansion in Washington, D.C. after his term in office ends next January.
Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters plan to live in a nine-bedroom house in Kalorama, one of Washington’s trendiest neighborhoods. The house is just three kilometers from the White House, where they now live.
The Obamas already own a home in Chicago, Illinois. The president and first lady announced earlier this year that they planned to stay in Washington until their younger daughter, Sasha, completes high school.
Sasha attends the private Sidwell Friends School. Her older sister, Malia, will be graduating from the school in June. Malia plans to attend Harvard University in September of 2017.
Kalorama is near Washington’s Embassy Row, where many countries have embassies and other diplomatic offices. It also is close to the official home of U.S. vice presidents.
The Obama administration has yet to make an official statement on the planned move. People close to the Obamas say that they will be renting the mansion, which is worth an estimated $5 million. How much they will pay is not yet known. Real estate experts say the average rate for similar properties is about $22,000 a month.
The new Obama home was built in 1928 and is made of red brick. The mansion has large rooms, with 2,500 square meters of space. It has eight and one-half bathrooms and three fireplaces. The property has a large terrace with formal gardens. The house also has enough parking space for up to 10 cars.
President Obama once said that he is looking forward to the day when he can have the privacy and freedom he enjoyed before becoming president. With a house in Kalorama, he might just be able to do that!
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Words in This Story
mansion – n. a large and impressive house : the large house of a wealthy person
trendiest – adj. currently popular or fashionable
terrace – n. a flat area next to a building where people can sit and relax