The Obamas Are Moving to Kalorama When They Leave the White House

It's only two miles from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

We've known for a couple of months that when the Obamas leave the White House early next year, they intend to stay in Washington, D.C (opens in new tab). And now, thanks to reports by the National Journal and Independent Journal Review (opens in new tab), their new neighborhood has been revealed. 

The First Family is reportedly moving to a eight-bedroom, nine-and-a-half-bathroom home on Belmont road in the exclusive Kalorama neighborhood. The 8,200 square-foot house, which Washingtonian has photos of here (opens in new tab), 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. Lockhart and his family, from whom the Obamas will rent the property, reportedly (opens in new tab) moved to Manhattan in February when he accepted a job as executive vice president of communications with the NFL. Gray is the Washington Editor (opens in new tab) of Glamour.  

The house, which is reportedly worth $6.35 million (opens in new tab), includes parking for up to 10 cars (good for his lifetime Secret Service detail (opens in new tab)!) and a full suite ready for Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, to move into as well. (Robinson now lives with the family in the White House.)

Kalorama has been home to many presidents past. Woodrow Wilson, William Howard Taft, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding, and Herbert Hoover all lived there (opens in new tab) before or after their time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Obama is reportedly (opens in new tab) the first president to stay in D.C. immediately after leaving the White House since Wilson left office in 1921.

The neighborhood, which is between Massachusetts Avenue NW and Connecticut Avenue NW, has 28 embassies (opens in new tab) within its limits and is near Embassy Row, so security is already tight in the area. As a former president, Obama will receive lifetime protection (opens in new tab) from the U.S. Secret Service.

A four-bedroom house in the area averages about $2.8 million (opens in new tab), and a luxury real estate broker told the Washington Business Journal (opens in new tab) that the Obamas would probably need to spend $5 to $7 million for a property that met their needs (President Obama's net worth is reportedly (opens in new tab) between $2 and $7 million). 

The Obamas are staying in the area so that their younger daughter, Sasha, can finish school at Sidwell Friends (opens in new tab) in Northwest D.C.. Moving to Kalorama will cut her commute in half—although traffic probably isn't typically a problem for a first daughter. 

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Sam Dangremond is a Contributing Digital Editor at Town & Country, where he covers men's style, cocktails, travel, and the social scene.