Inside Hillary Clinton’s Homes
Who are you voting for: “Trump, Make America Great Again” or “Hillary for America”? With the 2016 Presidential election taking over the media the last few months, the political coverage, debates, polling and mudslinging will continue to heighten between the presumptive Republican and Democratic nominees, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. After losing her bid for the White House to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primaries, Clinton’s hope to win the Oval Office is even bigger than before.
First moving into the White House when her husband, Bill, became the 42nd President of the United States in 1993. Hillary’s own political interests blossomed as Bill wrapped up his second term in 2001 and moved to New York where Hillary launched her campaign for the Senate. Serving as a New York Senator from 2001 to 2009, Clinton was then named the 67th United States Secretary of State under President Barack Obama until 2013.
Beyond her life in the spotlight as a former First Lady, Senator and Presidential hopeful, where exactly does Hillary call home? Living everywhere from Chicago, Illinois to Little Rock, Arkansas and claiming the Big Apple as her true home away from home, join us as we take a look inside Hillary Clinton’s houses as she plans her next big move back to the White House in January 2017.
#31 – Private Property
Sorry, access denied! If you’re looking to get a sneak peek at Hillary Clinton’s New York home firsthand, then we wish you nothing but the best of luck! Nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac heavily lined with trees, the Clinton estate is located at 15 Old House Lane in Chappaqua and offers a gated entrance and a sky-high white fence to keep unwanted guests and the paparazzi from lurking. And, even if you managed to sneak past the fence, you surely wouldn’t get very far as the Clintons’ security detail monitors the property around the clock.
Thanks to her husband’s tenure as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001, Hillary’s New York abode is filled with a Secret Service detail that is dedicated to protecting Bill for the remainder of his life. As for the former First Lady, Hillary is granted the same protection but may take matters into her own hands with an additional Secret Service team if she wins the 2016 Presidential election. Only time will tell.
#30 – Cozy Home
While her presidential opponent—billionaire real estate investor and business mogul Donald Trump—is living comfortably on the 66th floor of his Manhattan penthouse in the Trump Tower, Hillary and Bill have opted for a much quieter lifestyle beyond the hustle and bustle of the city. Purchasing the Dutch Colonial home in 1999 for $1.7 million to meet the residency requirements for her future run for Senate (2001-2009), the Clintons’ home stretches across 1.1 acres and resembles many other homes in the area in terms of style and architecture.
Built in 1889 and renovated to encompass an impressive (and estimated) 5,200 square feet, the Clinton house is currently valued at $2.5 million and reflects the lifestyle of most Chappaqua residents. Classified as a hamlet rather than a town or city and boasting a population of just over 1,400 people, Chappaqua is known for its wealthy residents (beyond the Clintons) whose average incomes climb beyond the six figure range with the average house prices starting at well over $1 million.
#29 – Overhead View
With only a few select visitors invited to the Clintons’ home to relax and take in its luscious rural landscape, swim in the oversized pool or relax on one of the patios, Bill and Hillary enjoy plenty of room to themselves with five bedrooms and four bathrooms spread across three spacious floors. Having no interest in farming and needing a separate space for the Secret Service to live, the Clintons even found a way to repurpose the old red barn at the back of the property so they wouldn’t have to give up their privacy in the main home.
Renovating the barn into an apartment for the Secret Service to live in, the living situation has been met with quite a bit of controversy during the recent election as moving the Secret Service outside the house allows the Clintons the opportunity to charge the government for them being present. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Regardless, it’s all part of the perks of being a former President with plenty of money and power to spare.
#28 – Strolling Up
Location, location, location! Looking at the property itself and the stunning landscape, you might think that Chappaqua sits far away from any major city but, that’s not the case at all. One of the reasons that the Clintons fell in love with the estate was because of its quiet location paired with the convenience of the city. Offering only a 30-minute commute to New York City, the Clintons have quick access to Hillary’s campaign headquarters and Bill’s office in the Big Apple as well as their daughter Chelsea’s apartment.
Taking a few years to renovate and settle into the Chappaqua home while Bill wrapped up his time in the Oval Office, unauthorized personnel weren’t even allowed to drive down the cul-de-sac until Bill’s term ended in 2001. Even then, it took years before the world was given a sneak peek at what life after 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue meant for the Clintons when Bill gave a tour of the home on The Oprah Winfrey Show in June 2004. Of course, everything may soon change again when it comes to driving down the cul-de-sac if Hillary becomes President.
#27 – Security Features
Despite the quick tour on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004, there is still very little known about the inside of the Clintons’ Chappaqua home and they’re perfectly alright with that (as are the Secret Service). In fact, more is known about the security detail than anything else thanks to state-of-the-art cameras and floodlights that surround the property. One of the landscape rocks in the front lawn actually once housed a private phone that the Secret Service team used to alert Bill, Hillary and the rest of the security detail of any visitors or potential security concerns.
The Clintons don’t always stay behind their secured walls and privacy fence, though! Chappaqua residents say that Hillary and Bill are often seen walking around the cozy neighborhood with Bill getting around even more as a frequent visitor to the local coffee shop where he answers curious questions about his time in office and current events. Interestingly enough, the local Chappaqua golf club initially refused the Clintons membership, which left them no other option but to join Donald Trump’s private golf club—strange how things change, isn’t it?
#26 – Across the Mid-Atlantic
Of course, the small hamlet of Chappaqua, New York isn’t the only place that the Clintons call home—they are politically savvy, after all! With their extensive ties to Washington, D.C. (thanks to Bill’s tenure as President), it only makes sense that Bill and Hillary divide their time between the Big Apple and the Nation’s Capital. So what does their Washington, D.C. abode look like? Located in the northwest suburb of Whitehaven and sitting on Observatory Circle, Hillary’s second home is a 5,500 square-foot gorgeous colonial brick mansion.
Named after the cul-de-sac it sits on and part of Washington D.C.’s prestigious Embassy Row, the Clintons purchased Whitehaven in 2000 after Hillary won her Senate campaign and found herself back in the nation’s capital once again. Drawn to the stunning Georgian architecture and the surrounding Rock Creek Park, Bill and Hillary didn’t think twice about dropping $2.85 million on the magnificent mansion that offers the convenience of the city without sacrificing beautiful architecture or elegance in their politically-centered home away from home.
#25 – Just as Private
Obviously just as private as their Chappaqua, New York home, getting a glimpse inside the Clintons’ Whitehaven mansion is also nearly impossible. Built in 1951 and featuring five bedrooms and six bathrooms with a pool, terrace and den stretching across a third of an acre, the Clintons enjoy a beautiful natural landscape that offers plenty of trees to ensure maximum privacy. Yet, finding a home that matched their budget, needs and taste wasn’t nearly as easy as their New York real estate venture.
After moving onto the property in 2001, the Clintons released a statement saying, “We appreciate all the hard work of everyone who made our search for a place in Washington, D.C. productive and enjoyable. We particularly want to thank the homeowners and brokers who have been so kind to us during our search.” Then again, who would be rude to or deny a former President and Senator from moving in next door?
#24 – Welcome to the Neighborhood
Ranked as one of the safest neighborhoods in the United States thanks to a high police presence and an incredibly low crime rate, Whitehaven wasn’t just a perfect match for the Clintons, it came with high approval from the Secret Service as well. With police keeping an eye on the neighborhood thanks to several embassies—such as Italy, Brazil, Great Britain and Denmark—all within walking distance, the estate is also close to Georgetown and DuPont Circle that not only adds to its convenience but also offers plenty to do.
Despite real estate agents in the area saying that there isn’t much of a “community feel,” that hasn’t stopped the neighborhood from becoming one of the most affluent and desirable in Washington, D.C. (if not the entire United States). When the Clintons purchased the home in 2000, they put down $855,000 on the house and committed to a loan of nearly $2 million, which proved difficult to pay a decade later during the financial downturn that ravished even high profile multi-millionaires like Bill and Hillary.
#23 – Up in the Hamptons
There is one more home that the Clintons have stayed in throughout the years, and it is located in East Hampton, New York. The Hamptons make up a very popular seaside resort, especially in the summer months. The average price of a home in this area is $8.5 million, but that’s nothing compared to the price of the Clinton home. Bill and Hillary stayed at this home at 211 Lily Pond Lane in the summers of 2011 and 2012.
The massive 10,000 square foot home was built in 1920 with a private walkway down to the Atlantic Ocean. In the summer of 2015, the home was put up for sale to the tune of a whopping $32.5 million. The reason that the Clintons decided to give up this home after just two summers of staying there is because the owner had differences about the deposit.
#22 – Poolside Getaway
It really is too bad that the Clintons gave up their East Hampton vacation rental especially since the estate offers plenty of room and activities for Bill and Hillary as well as Chelsea, her husband Marc and their daughter Charlotte. Minimally decorated with a beach feel and plenty of windows to let natural light in, the Hampton home even offered eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms, a game room, library, living salon and a newly updated kitchen that made the summer rental a real home away from home for the former First Family.
With rumors buzzing that there’s more to the story than the Clintons disagreeing with the owner over the deposit, some say that Hillary decided to cut back on the family’s summer spending in an attempt to shed a more favorable light on her bid for the White House in 2016. Others, however, argue that the Clintons found a friendlier abode since the owners of the house—art collector Andre Nasser and real estate agent Lois Nasser—are actually big-time Republican party donors. Whatever the case, we’re certain Bill and Hillary have found another lavish beach getaway, only this time with politically likeminded owners.
#21 – Stairway to Luxury
Sotheby’s International Realty is listing the East Hamptons home for sale online saying that it has undergone a total renovation “including structure and foundation” that was finished back in 2002. In this photo, you can see the newly renovated staircase in the waiting area of the home. The room, although not as lavish as the rest of the house, is one of the first things you see when walking in and gives a good first impression.
In case you were curious as to how much it would cost you to live here on a mortgage, you would have to drop a $6.5 million down payment just to be considered. From there, it would still run you $124,128 in mortgage costs alone at a four percent 30 year rate. That doesn’t even take taxes and maintenance into consideration, which would undoubtedly be expensive.
#20 – Chef School
According to the new listers of the home, they have also said that the kitchen was also updated, with this one coming in 2015. It’s boasted that there are “ocean views from almost every room,” and the kitchen is certainly no exception. You might even get a view of some famous neighbors from the kitchen that include rocker Jon Bon Jovi, Hollywood directing legend Steven Spielberg and interior icon Martha Stewart.
After the renovation, you might expect to see some of the highest end appliances (especially at the home’s price tag). It’s surprisingly pretty standard and some have called it a bit crowded with a small dining table in the middle of the kitchen. The Clintons weren’t being sold a massive kitchen, though, as it was the view that really won them over. You will see a much more impressive kitchen later in the gallery.
#19 – Fine Dining
Another room that has gotten a recent renovation is the formal dining room, where celebrities that range from Jimmy Buffett to Paul McCartney have dined with the Clintons in East Hampton. This room doesn’t have the same amount of personal touch that the Clintons have given to some of their other homes, but it’s still certainly something to admire. The handpainted wallpaper and tapestry gives it a very regal look.
However, the Clintons have not always used this dining area for eating. Instead, Bill has claimed it as a spot where he likes to get some writing done. While staying there, Bill enjoyed the room so much that he would take all of his writing there and start working on his 2011 book “Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy”.
#18 – Moving On
After a dispute with the owners of the previous home in the Hamptons, the Clintons decided to call a new house their vacation home in 2015. This home is just as expensive at $50,000 per week and is located in the same region in the hamlet of Amagansett. Bill stayed at the home for a few days last summer before Hillary, Chelsea, Chelsea’s husband and daughter all visited when Hillary’s Presidential campaign got started.
The Amagansett home is a bit smaller than the previous vacation home at 7,500 square feet, but that’s still plenty of space to work and relax in. Especially when you consider that the home still has six bedrooms. As for the owners, they are on better terms with the Clintons, and this home is owned by Andre and Lois Nasser, who are art collectors and real estate agents.
#17 – Step Inside
The Amagansett home sits on the ocean just like the Clintons’ previous vacation home, but this one has a lot more yard space to work with out front. The strangest part of the house is the fact that the owners who rent it out ot the Clintons contribute big money to the Republican party each year. The home also isn’t as lavish with its decorations, instead opting for a beach theme on the inside with white walls and furnishings so that you can focus more on the views from the windows and doors.
It’s the perfect spot for a minimalistic person to clear their mind while they work (and the Clintons are getting a lot of work done even while on vacation). From the back door, there is a very short private walk directly to the beach.
#16 – The Cooking Edge
If there’s one thing that the Amagansett home has that the previous one doesn’t, it’s better kitchen appliances. Here, you can see the state of the art appliances from the refrigerator and freezer compared to the older home. This one also has a more modern look with all white cabinets and an island with an infused metallic look thanks to the appliances. The hardwood floors also match the stools, making this a cozy place to share a family breakfast.
If there are more than just a couple of people in the Clinton family grabbing a quick breakfast, there are also two more dining areas where the entire family can get together. The ceilings are quite high in this home, giving it a wide open feel despite having smaller square footage and a more simplistic look overall.
#15 – Cool in the Pool
The beach isn’t always the perfect place for everyone. Sometimes, folks would rather enjoy a private pool without waves crashing into them. If that’s the case for anyone in the Clinton family, they will be just fine as there is a 50 foot pool on the Amagansett property. The owners make sure to take special care of both the pool and the yard on the property as there are plenty of landscapers that are working when the house isn’t occupied.
It has left the yard with a lot of open space for Hillary and Bill’s granddaughter Charlotte to run around on during the summers. The Clintons can also enjoy the outdoors even if the weather isn’t cooperating as there is a large patio underneath the balcony supported by Roman columns, offering up views of storms moving onto the beach.
#14 – The Ultimate Goal
Last, but certainly not least, of the homes that the Clintons have stayed in is the White House itself. When Bill was President between 1993 and 2001, the Clintons lived here with daughter, Chelsea. The construction of the White House started all the way back in 1792 and was finished in late 1800, and has been the home to every United States President since then, and it’s where the Clintons are trying to make their way back to.
The White House is likely the most famous house in the entire world, and features more than 13 rooms that include 35 fanthrooms. If the Clintons wanted to blow off steam, they could use the White House Family Theater to watch a movie or roll a few frames in the Harry S. Truman Bowling Alley. Will we see them back in the house where they stayed for eight years? In a few short months, we will have our answer.
#13 – Walking the Yard
The Clintons were certainly happy with their time in the White House, and Bill has been quoted as saying that he would move back in if Hillary were to win the Presidency. There are a lot of perks that come with being the President of the United States and the First Lady. Here, you see the Clinton family walking through the South Lawn of the White House. The first family of the United States has been landing helicopters here since 1957, dating back to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The helicopter is known as Marine One, after the Marine Corps took the responsibility of transporting the family in 1976. The helicopter idea started because Presidents needed a quick way to land directly at the White House instead of at an airport that needed a large runway like Air Force One.
#12 – On the Green
Speaking of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Marine One helicopter wasn’t the only new White House innovation that came to be when he was the President. There was also the White House Putting Green, which is located just outside of the Oval Office on the southeast part of the lawn. It was installed in 1954 in association with the United States Golf Association. Eisenhower ran into some trouble with squirrels on the green while subsequent Presidents didn’t use it as much.
When the Clintons came to the White House, they had the putting green moved to its current location back in 1995. An actual golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones, was actually put in charge with designing the simple golf green. Clinton’s green now clocks in at 1,500 square feet and is used by Barack Obama and Joe Biden from time to time. Here, Bill is seen with the family dog, Buddy.
#11 – Cozy Cabinet
President Richard Nixon didn’t have too positive of a legacy, but he was responsible for a room that the Clinton family has used for more than 20 years now. This fireplace is part of the Cabinet Room in the White House, where a mahogany table that was placed there by Nixon seats 20 in fine leather chairs. Bill Clinton sat at the head of the table for eight years while Hillary has been sitting directly next to Barack Obama as the Secretary of State while the Vice President sits on the opposite side.
When services end for the cabinet members, they are given the chair as a gift, meaning that the Clintons currently have two of them and are working on a third. Sitting next to the fireplace are marble busts of two of the most famous Americans of all-time, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Interestingly enough, those busts were selected by George W. Bush in between Clinton stints.
#10 – Jazzy Tunes
We have seen some rooms in the White House that the Clintons have enjoyed during their years there, but now let’s take a look at a room that the Clintons were responsible for. Before winning the Presidency, it was known that Bill Clinton was an avid saxophone player. After moving into the White House, Bill was given a present by Hillary, and it was this room now known as the Music Room.
Before Hillary redesigned the room, it was simply a sitting room that had once been used as a preschool by the Kennedy administration. You can find the Music Room near the promenade on the third floor, and it is now sound-proof so that the President can jam out without interrupting everyone else. Above the desk of the music room is a portrait of Bill Clinton belting out a tune on the sax.
#9 – Brushing Up
The President and his family are allowed to decorate many of the rooms the way that they want, and this is what the White House Library looked like when Bill and Hillary Clinton were living there. The Library is on the ground floor of the White House in the northeast section. Meetings have been held within the Library since the 1950’s when the White House underwent a reconstruction in which the room was added.
Before then, the Library had gone through several uses, including a laundry room that housed a bunch of water buckets and unused items that included wood. There was actually no paint on the walls for the Library’s history until John F. Kennedy and his family redecorated the room with the help of Stephane Boudin and there is also a clock to commemorate Marquis de Lafayette’s visit to the U.S. in 1824.
#8 – A Touch of Class
Another room that the first family of the United States gets to add their own little touch on is the Vermeil Room. The Vermeil Room is also on the ground floor of the White House, and it is the home of tableware and silver for the family to show off. The Vermeil Room dates back to 1902 during a renovation of the White House when it was used as a staff work room, and then became a storage room.
The Vermeil Room is not only a place to show off some fine tableware, but it’s also the room that shows portraits of each First Lady of the United States. That means that Hillary Clinton’s official portrait (and yes, it includes a pantsuit) sits here, and it also shows her finest china and her best selling book sitting on the table.
#7 – Sign a Treaty
There are plenty of rooms in the White House where members of the cabinet meet, and the Treaty Room is one of them. The Treaty Room originally got its name because it was the spot where William McKinley signed a treaty with Spain in 1898. Since tempers could get hot when signing treaties, they would take place in this room because it was where some of the first air conditioning in the United States was used.
The official Treaty Table in the middle of the room is a Victorian desk that was placed there by Ulysses S. Grant. You may see another treaty signed on the desk, and the room underwent a renovation by Hillary Clinton who restored much of the furniture. Another addition she made was red walls, but it would only last a few years. George W. Bush had the walls repainted white to lighten moods.
#6 – Pets Please
Earlier in the gallery, you may have seen Buddy the dog, who was the Clinton family labrador. Sadly, Buddy only lived for five years and was hit by a car outside of the Chappaqua Clinton home in 2002 when the family was not home (but the Secret Service was). The other Clinton family pet was perhaps one of the most famous in Presidential history, and it was Socks the cat.
Here, you can see the Clintons petting socks on the White House lawn, but he was a member of the family well before they moved into the White House. Socks was a stray tuxedo cat that moved to the White House in 1993. Socks was actually moved to Betty Currie’s house in 1997 when the Clinton’s added Buddy to the family since Socks hated the dog with a passion.
#5 – Stop the Presses
Socks would actually live a very long life, living until 2009 and passing away at 20 years old. The cat had more access to the White House than just about every single one of us will ever have, and that includes the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. Access into the room is tough to come by since it is in the highly guarded West Wing of the White House, and has been the spot where the POTUS gives his daily briefings to the media since 1969.
The briefing room had actually once been an indoor pool before Richard Nixon had it remade so that the growing number of reporters could be accommodated. The room earned its namesake toward the end of the Clinton administration when it was named for James Brady, the press secretary for Ronald Reagan who was shot during an assassination attempt.
#4 – Kicking Back
The children of first family have always been celebrities in their own right, and Chelsea Clinton was one of the most talked about. Chelsea was born in 1980 and looked like the normal middle American child when moving into the White House in 1993. While the Clintons were still in the White House, Chelsea graduated high school and went onto Stanford University. If you were around back then, you might remember how big of a story her college choice actually was.
Here, we see Chelsea relaxing with Socks and her dad while sitting in front of the television. The Clintons had just moved into the White House a couple of weeks before this photo and they were watching Super Bowl XXVII with Ann Richards (Texas Governor) and Mario Cuomo (New York Governor). In case you were curious, the Cowboys beat the Bills 52-17 in the game they were watching.
#3 – Birthday Bashes
A favorite room of the Clinton family to blow off steam in the White House was one that has had several names. You can call it the Solarium, the Sun Room or even the Sky Parlor. This is a room that was placed in the White House by President Taft before air conditioning as it was cooler than most of the other rooms. After renovations in 1927 and 1952, it became a place where the first family could cook and hang out.
This photo shows Chelsea Clinton celebrating her 14th birthday, and the Clintons used this room perhaps more than any other family to live in the White House. They loved the wet bar, and would frequently use the room to have meetings, play board games and celebrate birthdays. They also had Russian dolls that showed the family and other politicians around the world.
#2 – Cooking Up a Storm
One of the perks of living in the White House is the fact that you have personal chefs waiting hand and foot around the clock to meet your culinary needs. The cooking staff works in the Family Kitchen, which used to be a dining room and then a bedroom before being converted by Jacqueline Kennedy in the early 1960’s.
Despite all of the renovations, the chefs are no longer there full-time and have an expanded area to work thanks to the Clintons. You can see them here in 1998 working on food for the dining area, but it is more used for a family kitchen now. Bill Clinton would invite members of the cooking staff into the Family Kitchen with him where he would cook up some hearty midwestern family meals. Of course, he added a television so he could watch Arkansas Razorbacks football on Saturdays.
#1 – Christmas Day
There are multiple parlors in the White House, but none feels more cozy than the Blue Room, an oval shaped room that has been used for receptions and dinners. The Blue Room has not changed much since it was first introduced in the 19th century, and is actually the spot where the only wedding in the White House was held between Grover Cleveland and Frances Folsom.
You can see the Clintons in front of the annual White House Christmas Tree, which is always placed in the Blue Room. The blue fabric in the room was hand picked by Hillary Clinton herself in 1995. It was at this time that Hillary worked with the Committee for the Preservation of the White House to refurbish the Blue Room.It is one of just two major renovations, with the Nixons performing the other in 1971.