Thursday, February 16, 2017
What would a listing look like for the White House?
To celebrate President’s Day, I’d like to give you a tour of the home of our great nation and of all Presidents since John Adams. So here is what a listing for the White House might look like:
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500
Single Family, 132 rooms, 35 baths, 54,900 sq ft
This stunning home designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban was built in 1792 from sandstone bricks from Virginia and lumber from North Carolina and Virginia. Unfortunately, it burned down in 1814 after a British attack, but was rebuilt meticulously in 1817.
Today, a circular drive leads up to an enormous front entrance with 4 whitewashed pillars and a porch. In fact, the entire house is whitewashed with about 570 gallons of paint. Step inside and explore all 54,900 square feet. The 6 levels of living and working space contains 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces and 3 elevators.
Entertaining is a delight and a necessity due to the roughly 6,000 visitors that appear each day. However, there is plenty of room to get away. This house has it all, including: a movie theater, billiard room, a bowling lane which was added by Nixon in ‘69, a swimming pool, hot tub courtesy of Bill Clinton, jogging track, tennis court, a flower shop, carpenter’s shop and even a dentist office. The chef’s kitchen comes complete with 5 full-time chefs! The private office is fit for a President and leads outside to a putting green installed during the Eisenhower administration in 1954, but relocated to its current location in 1995.
You won’t believe your eyes when you see the ghost of Abraham Lincoln walking the halls. It has been said that some, including Winston Churchill, have claimed that Lincoln’s ghost visits frequently. But don’t worry, the security system and Secret Service is top notch.
The “quaint” yard has walking paths, gardens, a fountain, basketball court, and it’s own helicopter pad. Walking distance to great dining, parks, Smithsonian Museums, and so much more. Offsite parking is included and has enough room for the entire Secret Service fleet.