President Obama, like all dads, likes to take some family time with his children at the end of the summer before they start school in the fall. It’s always a mini vacation not far from Washington, D.C., but having grown up with the love of the ocean pulsing through his veins, one can be sure it will be somewhere near a beach. A favorite family destination has been Martha's Vineyard.
One of the prettiest vacation spots for the Obama family was this lovely private compound on Chilmark Pond, with views over the pond and crashing waves on the beach just a short row boat ride away. Originally built in 1961, the house had a complete redesign in 2006 by Seattle architect Rick Sundberg and landscape architect Steve Stimson. Emerging from the rebuild as a sophisticated, light-filled residence taking full advantage of the view in its reconfiguration, the home on almost ten acres is contemporary design similar to the Obama winter vacation rentals in Hawaii. A special perk for the president is the half basketball court and home gym. There is a heated infinity pool and a private boat dock on the pond as well as three beachfront lots for enjoying sand and sea. The 6,967-square-foot main house sits 120 feet above sea level and features six bedrooms and seven baths including a private master suite with its own den. The open floor plan includes pool, pond and ocean views from the chef’s kitchen, living room and dining room. There are three fireplaces, custom millwork, marble baths and floor-to-ceiling windows. Also on the property is a two bedroom guest house. Originally listed at $22.5 million, the property has been reduced to $19.125 million.
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