When former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, arrived at their new home in Washington, D.C., after a vacation, their neighbors had a message for them: Welcome!
After spending 10 days in the Virgin Islands with billionaire British businessman Richard Branson, the former first couple pulled up to their nine-bedroom home on Feb. 2 in a motorcade, where they saw several “welcome home” signs, complete with Obama’s presidential campaign logo, dotted on neighbors’ lawns, according to the Daily Mail.
Following their exit from the White House, the Obamas vacationed near Palm Springs, California, for a couple of days with their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, before separating from the children and flying to the Caribbean, while Sasha returned to Washington, D.C. to attend high school and Malia headed to New York City to begin a film internship with the Weinstein Company.
While Sasha finishes attending the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in D.C., the Obamas will reportedly rent the historic 1920s brick house, which was renovated in 2011, for more than $22,000 per month, according to a real estate estimate from Zillow.
The family’s new residence in the upscale Kalorama neighborhood is just two blocks away from first daughter Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner’s $5.5 million home, which the Washington newcomers moved into shortly before President Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration. It allows Kushner, a Trump adviser, to be closer to the White House.
Neighbors also greeted Ivanka and Kushner with a sign when they moved in, although it was a different one: A flier for an anti-Trump march on Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21 was taped to a streetlight just outside their house. Protesters also rallied outside of their old New York apartment building, holding boxes symbolizing their rights they were worried President Trump would take away.
Sources: Daily Mail, Zillow / Photo credit: The White House/Flickr, Daniel William McKnight/Daily Mail, Michael Graae/Daily Mail