Barack Obama bid farewell to Washington D.C. today, trading in the capitol for a vacation in the desert near Palm Springs.
Rancho Mirage is home to the Sunnylands Estate, which has hosted so many past presidents and foreign dignitaries, it is sometimes called the West Coast Camp David. Designed by A. Quincy Jones, Sunnylands was built by publisher Walter Annenberg and his wife Lenore. (Obama was there late last year for a series of talks with Chinese President Xi Jingping).
There haven’t been reports to substantiate the rumors that the Obamas bought their own home in Rancho Mirage, but since they’re vacationing there now, let’s speculate about which house they might have purchased!
We’ve selected five properties sold recently in the city. The gossip was that the Obama’s bought a pad close to Sunnylands, so we narrowed our search to around that area. We also looked at properties that sold from October to December and found five solid contenders.
Now we leave it to our readers to check them all out and vote for which one is the most likely Obama oasis.
↑ This 1970s, single-story house sold in October for $690,000. Located on a “private corner lot,” the stylish three-bedroom, three-bathroom dwelling extends almost 3,000 square feet. Dark wood floors and large glassy windows give the place a polished, modern look. The residence’s rear yard is surrounded by a 13-foot “privacy hedge” to keep out the lookie-loos, too.
↑ No privacy hedges here: This single-level property has that desert necessity—a nice pool—and views of the mountains from the spacious yard. The approximately 4,800-square-foot residence has four bedrooms, which is more than enough space for the Obama family. It sold in November for $1.54 million.
↑ This sprawling pad is tucked into the exclusive, gated community of Thunderbird Heights—a neighborhood in Rancho Mirage nicknamed the “playground of presidents” for its popularity with many former presidents. (It’s also been rumored that the Obamas are going to spend their vacation in the home of the U.S. Ambassador to Spain, James Costos, and his partner, designer Michael S. Smith, who lives in this neighborhood.)
Sold earlier this month for $1.27 million, the three-bedroom house has a large master bedroom and plenty of outdoor amenities.
↑ This new-build house is trying to give off midcentury modern vibes, but looks incredibly “now” inside. The three-bedroom house has a great living room/kitchen area overlooking the rear yard, where there’s a pool. This residence sold in December for just shy of $1.4 million.
↑ Located in a guard-gated neighborhood, this four-bedroom home is entered through a stone arch like something a rich Fred Flinstone might commission, and an imposing, five-foot-wide door. The house is outfitted with custom cabinets, high-end appliances, and an office off the master bedroom (the vacation’s going to end eventually). It sold in December for $1.5 million.