If you want to live in the White House but don't want to endure the hassles and bad diner food that come with a presidential campaign, you're in luck. A replica of the president's pad, located just outside of Houston, is on the market for just under $6 million.
The mansion in Morgan's Point, Texas, built in the 1920s for former Texas Gov. Ross S. Sterling, is on the market for $5.99 million. It's smaller than the real thing, measuring a little more than 20,000 square feet. That compares to 55,000 square feet for the actual White House.
Unfortunately for presidential wannabes, there is no oval office. But like the real White House, the replica has a room for billiards and a home theater. But no real commander in chief will get a water view off the portico like the one that comes with the replica, just off Galveston Bay.
"It's a great view," said Lin Neese of John Daugherty Realtors, which has the listing.
Granted, there are other replicas of the White House listed for presidential wannabes. One in McClean, Virginia, is on the market for $3.25 million, and another White House look-a-like in Dallas is for sale for $15 million.
Yet the replica in Morgan's Point has a rich history. Sterling, who founded Humble Oil and Refining Co., commissioned the home from the architect Alfred Finn. He reportedly handed Finn a $20 bill, pointed to the image of the White House and said, "I'd like a house that looks this this."
The home has five bedrooms, six fireplaces, a basement game room and gym, as well as a library.