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The First Family Vacation Home for Sale

A Retreat Fit for the First Family

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Blue Heron Farm, which has served as the Obama family vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, has just been put with Sotheby's International Realty, carrying a price tag of $23.7 million.Because President Barack Obama and family have rented the compound for one week for the past three years, bringing with them staffers and Secret Service, many call it the “Summer White House.” (Bill and Hillary Clinton were also guests back in 1998.)Blue Heron Farm is situated in Chilmark, which is known to show up
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Blue Heron Farm, which has served as the Obama family vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, has just been put on the market with Sotheby's International Realty, carrying a price tag of $23.7 million.

Because President Barack Obama and family have rented the compound for one week for the past three years, bringing with them staffers and Secret Service, many call it the “Summer White House.” (Bill and Hillary Clinton were also guests back in 1998.)

Blue Heron Farm is situated in Chilmark, which is known to show up on lists of the country’s most expensive towns. That’s believable—considering this property rents for as much as $50,000 per week. (The Obamas pay their own way, taxpayers cover the staff and aides.)

One of just a few “compounds” on the Vineyard, Blue Heron Farm features 13,327 square feet of living space. That’s 13 bedrooms, 12 full baths, and 2 partial baths spread out over two full houses and one bunkhouse. The main home is an elegant farmhouse, and the Fisher House is a New England Shingle style guesthouse overlooking farmland as well as Town Cove on Tisbury Great Pond.

The property includes extensive frontage on Tisbury pond and boat access to a private beach on the Atlantic. Other recreational options include bocce, golf, a tennis court, half basketball court, a gym, and equestrian facilities.

By Colleen KanePosted September 13, 2011

Main House

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The main house provides 5118 square feet of living space.
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The main house provides 5,118 square feet of living space.

Porch

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The main house’s farm porch overlooks serene lawns.
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The main house’s farm porch overlooks serene lawns.

Grounds

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The compound occupies 28.5 acres.
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The compound occupies 28.5 acres.

Living Room

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This is the living room of the main house.
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This is the living room of the main house.

Breakfast Room

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The breakfast room seats 8, and the adjacent kitchen has water views in two directions.
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The breakfast room seats eight, and the adjacent kitchen has water views in two directions.

Wine Cellar

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The wine cellar is climate controlled with brick floor and walls.
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The wine cellar is climate controlled with brick floor and walls.

Pool

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The oasis-like pool with hot tub overlook the Great Pond.
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The oasis-like pool with hot tub overlook the Great Pond.

Golf Green

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The main house overlooks a par 3 golf hole and a boathouse.
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The main house overlooks a par 3 golf hole and a boathouse.

Dressage

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The compound features a rebuilt antique stable relocated from Pennsylvania, and has Olympic-caliber equestrian facilities.
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The compound features a rebuilt antique stable relocated from Pennsylvania, and has Olympic-caliber equestrian facilities.

Flower Garden

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There is an ornamental flower garden on the property.
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There is an ornamental flower garden on the property.