Obama's Kailua Christmas Vacation House, Oahu
At first glance, it looks like the same Winter White House the President has used every year since 2008. Instead, since the owners wanted that home for their personal use this year, the Obamas leased another in the same Paradise Point Plantation location down the street from last year's house.
This property has the same dramatic lagoon entrance courtyard fringed with tropical flora offering instant decompression for the world-weary. The home is positioned to overlook the Pacific to the left and the full length of Kailua Beach straight ahead. At the end of Kailua Beach, the Mokulua Islands can be seen off Lanikai. Kailua Beach has become well-known as of one of the most desired residential beaches in the world. The public section is located at the opposite end of the beach. On the north side of Paradise Point is the Mokapu Peninsula where Marine Corps Base Hawaii is located, and where the President enjoys bowling and works out while on the island.
This year's Winter White House is a spacious and open 6,000 square foot home with disappearing walls of glass that open the views to the inner courtyard and pool-spa lagoon with its dramatic nighttime underwater mood lighting. Across the vaulted great room, the wall opens to a covered lanai with outdoor kitchen, a lanai open to the sky and a lush green lawn leading to a path to the beach. Large interior living areas and kitchen are warmed with the generous use of tropical koa wood seen on many walls and in the high vaulted ceilings. A South Seas plantation ambiance prevails throughout the home and grounds, which makes it a perfect environment for the President to reconnect with his roots and enjoy entertaining old friends.
Hawaii real estate agent David Dunham said that the house will go up for sale after the Obamas go back to Washington. The price will be about $7.9 million.
David would not comment on what the Obamas are paying to lease the property. The Chief Executive pays the rental fee out of his own funds.