the-white-house-1623005_1280With just five days to go, the countdown has begun for the much publicized US Presidential vote that will take place on the 8th November. Regardless of the result, we
are witnessing probably the most motivated house move of the year, to what is deemed the most aspirational building worldwide – The White House.

The White House is an iconic building, home to many notable individuals over the years. The modest walls of The White House have certainly played silent witness to a few controversial discussions, the occasional fiery dispute and certainly hold  a secret or two.  These controversies are often what we relate this lavish home to, but what really lies within? Whilst the rest of the world anticipate the outcome of the vote and the Obamas prepare for their onward move, let us give you a glimpse inside this incredible home.

The White House was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban in the 1790s, who was awarded this opportunity after winning a design award. As with any home, it has seen some wear and tear, which has allowed the property to evolve with time and incorporate technological advances such as electricity.

 

President George Washington oversaw construction of The White House but he never had the opportunity to actually live there, it was the second US president, John Adams, elected in 1796, who first lived in The White House. Even at that time, the property was not entirely complete, but he did get use of six rooms.

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As a tenanted property, it is worth noting that pets are allowed, with the current pet being Bo, given to President Barack Obama and his family as a gift.

 

This substantial home is set on c18 acres of land and encompasses an incredible 55,000 square feet of living space.

 

There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels to accommodate all the people who live in, work in, and visit The White House.ht_obama_house_3_er_161031_4x3_992

 

This includes 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators, it’s a good job the house includes maintenance!

 

If the current residents ever wanted to redecorate, it would take 570 gallons of paint just to cover the external surface of the building.

 

Recreation facilities are available to its residents, including a tennis court,  jogging track, a swimming pool, movie theatre, billiard room, and a bowling lane,

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Each Christmas the property is thoughtfully spruced up for the festive season incorporating a theme. Last year’s theme was, ‘A Timeless Tradition’. This was inspired by the brave Armed Forces, and to honour the sacrifices they and their families have made,

 

The Blue Room is where you will find the official White House Christmas tree. Last year’s tree was a Fraser fir from Bustard’s Christmas Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania — standing 18 feet 1 inch tall from trunk to tip. It was ornamented with holiday messages of hope and patriotic symbols of red, white, and blue to honour the dedicated service members, veterans, and their families.

 

 

official-portrait-1174537_1920Luckily, the home is family friendly. While the President and his immediate family live on the second floor of the Residency of The White House, his mother-in-law lives on the third, plenty of room for all the family.

 

We may not be able to offer The White House, but we do have a wide selection of homes currently available, whether that’s a family home, a house with history or rented accommodation that is pet friendly. For more information or to arrange a no obligation valuation, please contact your local branch:

Ash Vale – ashvale@mackenziesmith.co.uk  – 01252 353030

Farnborough – farnborough@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01252 375999

Fleet – fleet@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01252 812121

Hook – hook@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01256 764666

Hartley Wintney – hartleywintney@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01252 844015

Lettings – lettings@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01252 514000