Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are building a swimming pool at their home in an exclusive neighborhood of Washington DC.
The 44th president and his family purchased the the 8,200 sq ft mansion in the Kalorama area of the capital in 2017 for $8.1million having initially rented the property.
Plans are now afoot for a new swimming pool in the grounds, according to TMZ, which says it has seen building permits.
The permit application process started in January, the website reports, and there have been a number of reviews about electrics and plumbing in recent months.
Last year, it was reported that the former first family intended to remain in DC while their younger daughter, Sasha, completes her high school at Sidwell Friends.
Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are building a swimming pool at their home in an exclusive area of Washington DC
After Obama left office on January 20, 2017 he and his family took up residence at the home which belonged at the time to Joe Lockhart, a former press secretary in the Clinton administration.
The home features separate dressing rooms and his and her bathrooms, entertaining space, and a tranquil garden.
The home was built in 1928 and features eight bedrooms and nine-and-a-half bathrooms.
A spokesperson for the former president said last year that the decision to buy the home was an easy one to make.
The 44th president and his family are the owners of the 8,200-square-foot mansion located in the Kalorama section of the capital after buying the property for $8.1million
After Obama left office on January 20, 2017, he and his family took up residence at the home which belonged at the time to Joe Lockhart, a former press secretary in the Clinton administration
The home features separate dressing rooms and his and her bathrooms, entertaining space, and a tranquil garden
‘Given that President and Mrs. Obama will be in Washington for at least another two and a half years, it made sense for them to buy a home rather than continuing to rent property,’ the spokesman, Kevin Lewis, said in a statement.
The Washington Post cited records which indicate that Lockhart sold the house for $8.1million to Homefront Holdings LLC, a limited liability company controlled by the Obamas.
The sale represented a significant profit for Lockhart, who initially bought the house for $5.295million in 2014, according to the Post.
The $8.1million purchase is the second largest for a home in Kalorama, according to the Post.
The most expensive real estate transaction ever recorded in the neighborhood previously was the purchase earlier that year of the old Textile Museum by Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and the current owner of the Post.
Bezos and his wife, McKenzie, paid a whopping $23million for the property – which is considered the largest home in Washington, DC.
Kalorama is regarded as one of the most upscale neighborhoods in the capital.
Some notable residents who have put down roots in Kalorama include Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld.