The family isn’t moving far. Their new home is only three kilometres from the White House, with Obama saying the family intends to stay local, allowing daughter, Sasha, to graduate from Sidwell Friends School in 2018.
The home, which is valued at around US$6 million, is in the same neighbourhood as Massachusetts Avenue, also known as Embassy Row. It was built in 1928 by F Moran McConihe, a property developer who served under President Dwight D Eisenhower.
The property has several features necessary for its famous new tenants. It has an au pair suite, which could be suitable for Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama’s mother, who has lived with the family in the White House, and a gated courtyard has a guardhouse and space for several vehicles, making it suitable for the Secret Service contingent that will remain with Obama when he leaves office.
The home is owned by Joe Jockhart, a former press secretary to Bill Clinton.
The Obamas own a home in Chicago. Their older daughter, Malia, graduates from Sidwell school next month, and will take a gap year before enrolling at Harvard.