Unlike cities like Los Angeles or New York City, Washington, D.C. isn’t as well known for housing celebrities, unless they’re the political kind. This year, though, there was a good number of celebrity homes that landed on the market or left the market with new owners.
Below, see what the five most memorable celebrity real estate transactions were this year, from Barack Obama’s upcoming Kalorama home to the BET CEO Debra Lee’s mansion now on the market.
Once President Obama’s term is over, he plans on moving to this nine-bedroom, eight-and-a-half-bathroom residence in Kalorama. The listing was constructed in the 1920s and later renovated and expanded in 2011.
When Obama moves in, he’ll only rent the residence, which is currently owned by Joe Lockhart, who served as the press secretary and senior advisor to President Bill Clinton from 1998-2000.
The reason for Obama staying in D.C. post-term is so that his youngest daughter will be able to finish high school in the city. Obama will be the first president to stay in the District post-term since Woodrow Wilson in 1921.
BET CEO Debra Lee
Currently, this Massachusetts Avenue Heights single-family home is the third most expensive listing on the D.C. market, asking $13.5 million. It is owned by CEO and Chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET) Debra Lee, who once hosted a $40,000 per plate fundraiser for President Barack Obama inside.
The listing features four bedrooms and six bathrooms as well as luxurious features like five outdoor terraces, a wine room, sauna, exercise room, and, of course, a pool. There is also a 20-foot-tall great room and a full theater in the 10,897-square-foot property.
Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi purchased this Cleveland Park single-family home earlier this year for $2.65 million. When listed in July, the six-bedroom property came with all new systems, a new roof, as well as new flooring and updated bathrooms.
The last time the listing sold was in 2014 when it closed for $855,000.
The former first lady Jackie Kennedy lived in this Georgetown single-family home for one year before moving to New York. Other notable names attached to this listing include New Republic publisher Michael Straight and American singer and beauty pageant titleholder Yolande Betbeze Fox.
The listing offers six bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, and large entertaining spaces. In June of this year, the c. 1794-constructed home landed on the market for $10 million before getting a price chop to $8.995 million.
Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III, the former quarterback for Washington, D.C.’s football team, landed this four-bedroom single-family home on the Aldie, Virginia market in April 2016. Since it landed on the market, it’s languished with the asking price $2,749,990. It’s also up for rent for $8,500 per month.
The property boasts a myriad of fancy schmancy features like a wine cellar, elevator, and lower level theater room with a wet bar.