Inside the Obamas' Martha's Vineyard Vacation Homes

President Obama has vacationed in Martha's Vineyard every year of his term except for 2012

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Take a tip from the Obamas: Squeeze in some summer fun now before it’s all over!

The president announced Thursday that he’d be taking off a day earlier than expected to make his 15-day vacation a 16-day affair, arriving at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Friday evening just before 7 p.m. EST.

A motorcade carrying the First Family dropped them off at the same 8,000-sq.-ft. house they rented last year in the Chilmark neighborhood. The property, which has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a basketball court and an infinity pool, is worth around $12 million, according to Martha’s Vineyard Times.

Last year’s was a more modest choice than the home they rented in 2013, which is currently on the market for $22.5 million, according to The Wall Street Journal. Also in Chilmark, the property has a private road and sits on more than nine acres. Though it has fewer bedrooms at just four, the master suite has a study, his and hers bathrooms, a fireplace and a private deck. The house boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and a gym, and the grounds include an infinity pool, a basketball court, a guesthouse and five outdoor showers.

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The Obamas have vacationed on Martha’s Vineyard every summer of his presidency apart from 2012, when he was busy with his re-election campaign.

Prior to that, the family stayed at Blue Heron Farm, but the couple who later purchased the residence – British architect Lord Norman Foster and his wife Lady Elena Foster – for $21.9 million in 2011 were not interested in renting it out, according to That property is 30 acres, and when it was purchased by the British couple, it included two full-sized homes, a boathouse and a 150-year-old barn brought in from Pennsylvania and reassembled.

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