Right down the road from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue is the Blair House. The house was built in 1842 as a private home for the Surgeon General of the United States, but it was purchased by the government 100 years later to serve as the official housing spot for guests of the President. Many foreign leaders have spent their time in DC at the Blair House. It is even considered to be foreign territory when the home flag of the visitor is raised to signify his or her stay in the confines.
Obama and his family spent a few nights in the Blair House after he was elected in 2008. In the days leading up to inauguration, staying at the Blair House is tradition for new presidents and their families. The house itself is bigger than the White House and features amenities that include a salon, a flower shop, nearly three dozen bathrooms and 14 bedrooms.