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Obamas Purchase Post-White House Home In California

President Barack Obama has reportedly purchased a home in California and leased a second home in Washington, D.C. to use when he leaves office in January.

The Obamas acquired a property in Rancho Mirage, California, a community known for its world-class golf courses and resorts, The Daily Mail reports. Obama has visited the Coachella Valley community repeatedly during vacations.

News of the purchase comes two years after it was reported that the Obamas were acquiring a $4.25 million property in the area The White House contradicted the reports at the time.  

The political family will also be leasing a $4.3 million, nine-bedroom home in the Kalorama neighborhood of D.C. for at least the next two years. The DC property will be their main home and was chosen to grant 15-year-old Sasha the opportunity to finish high school at Sidwell Friends School. 

The Kalorama mansion boasts a two-car garage and a parking lot for a maximum of 10 vehicles. 

The oldest daughter of the family, Malia, will graduate from high school next year and take a gap year before going to Harvard, The Epoch Times reports. 

The California home that the Obama's reportedly purchased is located near Sunnylands, previously known as the Annenberg estate, which has been frequented by presidents as a West Coast retreat. 

Rancho Mirage is also where President Gerald Ford retired. 

Community newspaper the Desert Sun has been reporting about the Obamas' move to the town for over a year. 

In September, the newspaper reported that the First Lady's plane was seen at the Palm Springs International Airport. 

It was unknown at the time why Mrs. Obama was visiting the California area. 

The Obamas are also believed to have purchased a vacation home in Hawaii, the president's home state. 

Interior designer Michael S. Smith will be decorating the family's new homes in California and D.C. The designer had decorated the White House and also lives in Rancho Mirage, where he has received the first family. He is the live-in partner of James Costos, current ambassador to Spain and Andorra. 

Sources: The Daily Mail, The Epoch Times / Photo credit: Town and Country

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