Barack Obama and his family vacationed here during his first summer as president in 2009, and then the next, and the next.
The property they rented those summers, Blue Heron Farm on Martha’s Vineyard, offered a two-bedroom guest house for the Secret Service and a half-basketball court to hone the president’s basketball skills, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. In addition to being on 9.5 secluded acres, the home has a pondside dock and three empty lots between the house and the beach.
Toward the end of Obama’s presidency, the house was put on the market for $22.5 million. When there were no takers, the price was lowered to $19.1 million, then to $17.7 million. Menemshovitz Realty Trust bought it for $15 million at the kickoff of the summer season. Wallace and Co. Sotheby’s International had the listing, with Tom Wallace as the principal broker.
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, the home has a contemporary design similar to the Obamas’ winter vacation rentals in Hawaii.
The 6,967-square-foot main house sits 120 feet above sea level and features six bedrooms and seven baths, including a master suite with a den. The open floor plan includes pool, pond, and ocean views from the kitchen and living and dining rooms. Features include three fireplaces, custom millwork, marble baths, and floor-to-ceiling windows. There is a heated infinity pool and a home gym.
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