The Obamas are moving to California (photos)

(source: Twitter/President Obama)
(Source: Twitter/President Obama)

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle and first kids Malia and Sasha will be bicoastal. The outgoing first family will be splitting time between two major cities.

This January, the family is expected to become bicoastal, with homes in both D.C. and California.

The New York Post is reporting that the Obamas have purchased a home in Rancho Mirage, California. It’s a community known for its world-class golf courses and it’s one of the nine cities that make up the Coachella Valley and is home to around 17,000 people.

Their residence in the nation’s capital, which they are leasing is valued at $4.3 million and is located in the Kalorama neighborhood of D.C., which will be their main home — at least for the next two years until Sasha, 15, their youngest daughter, finishes school at Sidwell Friends School.

The Obamas reportedly purchased a vacation home in Hawaii, the president’s home state.

The Post reports that interior designer Michael S. Smith is set to decorate both properties. He helped the Obamas decorate the White House and also owns a home in Rancho Mirage that the family has visited. He is the partner of James Costos, current ambassador to Spain and Andorra.

The 1928 home the Obama family is leasing in D.C. is in one of the nation’s priciest ZIP codes. The 8,200-square-foot home features nine bedrooms and eight full bathrooms and a half bath; a gourmet kitchen featuring a six-burner stove; a dining room with wood flooring for entertainment or a kitchen table; an upstairs office; a wet bar and wine cellar; and a huge backyard.

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