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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.