Take a peek inside the Obamas' new home after they leave the White House

Take a peek inside the Obamas' new home after they leave the White House

It's not the White House, but the US$6 million (S$8.47 million) mansion President Obama and his family will be moving into after the end of his term is not too shabby either.

Situated in the upscale Kalorama neighbourhood in Washington DC, the mansion is just a little more than 3km from the White House.

It is a 761 sq m brick Tudor mansion, which has nine bedrooms, eight and a half bathrooms, a terrace with formal gardens and a courtyard that can fit up to 10 vehicles - all the better to accommodate the Secret Service staff who will continue to protect the President even after he leaves office.

The neighbourhood is upscale, with several embassies nearby, including the Embassy of Oman. The Obamas' new mansion is next door to the home of a former congressman and down the street from the French ambassador.

But overall, the neighbourhood is quiet and calm, despite being located in the midst of a busy city.

Here's the $8.7 million home the Obamas will be renting

"You can get almost any place in Washington that you want to go to in 15 minutes, but on the weekend, it's like you're in the country," former Democratic congressman and soon-to-be Obama neighbour Bart Gordon told The New York Times.

Inside, the home has a clean, traditional aesthetic - similar to that of the White House. The living room has been described in news reports as "stately" and "generous", while the kitchen features marble countertops and white cabinets as well as a hardwood floor.

The mansion also has an "au pair suite", which could accommodate Mrs Michelle Obama's mother, Ms Marian Robinson, who has lived with the family in the White House, reported The New York Times.

The Obamas, who own a house in Chicago, will be renting the Washington mansion from owner Joe Lockhart, a former press secretary and senior adviser to former president Bill Clinton.

The President has previously said his family will remain in the capital until his daughter Sasha finishes high school in 2018.

His older daughter Malia, who graduated from high school in June, will take a gap year before enrolling at Harvard University.

This article was first published on November 15, 2016.
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