Obamas Buy House They Were Renting in DC's Kalorama Neighborhood

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2017

The Obamas' (now former) landlord at their new Belmont Road, Northwest, address was Joe Lockhart, once press secretary for President Bill Clinton and a political strategist in Washington before being named executive vice president of communications for the National Football League, a job that required him to move to NY with his family a year ago.

The Obamas plan to stay in the nation's capital for at least the next few years while their youngest daughter Sasha finishes high school at nearby Sidwell Friends.

Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis on Wednesday confirmed the Obamas had purchased the 8,200-square-foot home in the Kalorama neighborhood they have rented since Obama left the White House.


The house was renovated in 2011, includes up to nine bedrooms, eight-and-a-half bathrooms, a finished basement with room for staff, an oversized terrace and formal gardens, according to a former listing with Washington Fine Properties.

The Obamas still own a Georgian-style home in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, the city that will house the Obama presidential library.

According to records, Lockhart purchased the house in May 2014 for $5.295 million.


The Obamas have called the swanky Washington neighborhood (which they share with others, including first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner) their home, but it's really functioned more like a home base for the globe-trotting family.

NFL V.P. of communications Joe Lockhart has sold his Washington, D.C. mansion to Barack and Michelle Obama.


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