November 6, 2012

The One House We're Sure Will Never Go on the Market

The White House

Real Estate
Betty Ford in the White House Sunroom 1974 President Gerald Ford & Betty Ford as They Prepare to Leave the White House Eleanor Roosevelt in the Grand Staircase President Nixon in the White House Bowling Alley The Bush's and Guests on the Stairway Laura Bush in the White House Nancy Reagan in the White House Jackie Kennedy in the White House Betty Ford in the White House Sunroom 1974

We don't know the results of the election yet, but as we're watching the election results come in we have goosebumps. To live in a democratic country and have the right to vote for our officials and policy is truly such a tremendous honor.

Therefore, post-election the only "real estate" we're really thinking about is the White House.

A little background on Washington, DC's most famous piece of real estate: The house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban and has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams. Construction began in 1792 and was completed in 1800.

The White House has undergone many transformations throughout the years. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the White House in 1801, he (with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe) expanded the building outward, creating two colonnades that were meant to conceal stables and storage. Perhaps most notedly, during the War of 1812, the British Army set the White House ablaze in the Burning of Washington. The mansion was immediately re-constructed, and three years later President James Montroe moved into the house.

The White House has had quite a few of Type A "renters" throughout the years and, as could be expected, the White House has been renovated by many Presidents and First Ladies. Some changes were significant - moving the offices and expansion, for example. Others involved decor changes to suit the inhabitants' tastes and needs.

We had such a great time looking through White House photos throughout the years. We pulled twenty or so of our favorites ... you're in for a treat.

By the way, a bit of trivia: Do you know who the Obama family chose as their White House decorator? The first person to answer on the comment section below gets to choose one of our listings to call home. (Kidding.)

Photos courtesy of various news sources and Architectural Digest.


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