Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or an Independent, chances are you’ve already taken your stance for the 2016 Presidential election when it comes to casting your vote for “Trump, Make America Great Again” or “Hillary for America.” Whatever the outcome of the election, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton already has one small advantage over the billionaire Trump since she’s already called 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home when her husband, former Arkansas Governor William Jefferson Clinton, served as President of the United States from 1993 to 2001.
Inspired by her involvement as the First Lady of the United States, Hillary’s political interests blossomed as Bill wrapped up his second term in 2001 and followed her to New York where she entered the political arena by launching her campaign for the Senate. Elected as the first female Senator from New York, the Clintons put down roots in their 5,232 square foot Dutch Colonial home in Westchester County, New York just as President Barack Obama named Hillary the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.
Having lived everywhere from Chicago, Illinois to Little Rock, Arkansas, the Windy City native gives no second thought to claiming the Big Apple as her true home away from home and, once you see the house itself, you’ll definitely understand why! Purchased by the Clintons in 1999 for $1.7 million to meet Hillary’s residency requirements for her future run for Senate, the Clinton estate is located 35 miles north of New York City at the end of a cul-de-sac on 15 Old House Lane in Chappaqua and offers extreme privacy with a sky-high white fence and a gated entrance to keep unwanted guests and lurking paparazzi from getting too close.
Built in 1889 and originally used as a farmhouse, the home was renovated to reflect the character and wealth of the small Chappaqua community. Currently valued at $2.5 million with lush, landscaped grounds that include an oversized pool and patio, the house offers plenty of space for the Clintons with five bedrooms and four baths stretching across three floors. The original barn was converted into a charming guest house secluded by tree-shaded grounds where the Clintons enjoy afternoon drinks while watching their grandchildren play.
Acknowledging her husband’s charming sentimentality, Hillary ensured Bill had a rustic den all to himself lined with floor-to-ceiling bookcases that house his extensive book collection while offering plenty of floor space for the former President to relax in one of his many rocking chairs. In contrast, the other sitting rooms throughout the home look entirely different from Bill’s “man cave” leaving him to remark that his grandmother and Hillary definitely share similar tastes when it comes to choosing floral couches.
Throughout the estate, décor includes an unusual assortment of knickknacks that the Clintons have collected from their travels around the world. Among their most treasured souvenirs are mementos from a birthday party for South African President Nelson Mandela as well as memorabilia from the rainforest that he shared with Oprah Winfrey during a recent tour of the home. But, with more mementos than you can imagine, the rest of the souvenirs and treasures have been shipped to Washington, D.C. where the Clintons have a second home in the nation’s capital!
Offering just as much privacy as their home in Chappaqua, New York, the Clinton’s estate in Washington, D.C. is located near Embassy Row at 3067 Whitehaven Street in what is considered to be one of the safest neighborhoods in the United States. Why? It’s nestled in the Massachusetts Avenue Heights neighborhood near the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Sri Lankan embassies, not to mention it’s only a short walk from One Naval Observatory, the traditional home of the Vice President of the United States.
Deemed a hidden gem by the Clintons who purchased the 1951 home in 2001 for $2.85 million after putting down $855,000, Bill and Hillary were thrilled when they finally found a place in the city after months of searching. “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,” the Clintons said in a press release.
Eventually settling into the 5,152 square-foot brick mansion, the Clintons had little trouble filling the two and a half story home with their furnishings and decades of mementos left in storage. However, they still had a few changes to make. Originally featuring seven bedrooms used by former tenants such as Muffie Cabo, Sir David Muirhead and Henry Brandon, the Clintons opted to renovate the home and hired well-known designer Rosemarie Howe to revamp the house’s interior in 2004. Finishing the project in 2007, the Whitehaven mansion now has four bedrooms and seven bathrooms as well as a formal dining room that accommodates up to 30 guests.
Paying off the house in 2007 just as the renovations were complete, Hillary’s love for the Whitehaven mansion is boldly apparent as she spent the majority of her time at the estate writing her second memoir, Hard Choices, which was published in 2014. Of course, depending on how things go in November, she just might find herself back in another Washington, D.C. zip code where the roles are reversed for the former First Lady and her First Man and former President, Bill.