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The Obamas are now permanent Washington, D.C., residents after purchasing a home (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
From left, President Barack Obama with daughter Malia and first lady Michelle Obama with daughter Sasha, walk form Marine One across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, as they return form a family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Obamas are now permanent residents of Washington, D.C.

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According to The Washington Post, Barack and Michelle Obama have purchased the Kalorama neighborhood home they were previously leasing.

The home, which was owned by Bill Clinton’s former press secretary John Lockhart, was sold to Homefront Holdings LLC for $8.1 million. The LLC is controlled by the former first couple.

FILE- In this May 25, 2016, file photo, shows a mansion in one of Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood. Barack and Michelle Obama bought the home, which they’ve been renting since the former president left office. Property records show the deed transfer was recorded Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

A spokesman for the Obamas, Kevin Lewis, told the Post, “Given that President and Mrs. Obama will be in Washington for at least another two and a half years, it made sense for them to buy a home rather than continuing to rent property.”

The Obamas are planning to stay in the D.C. area until their youngest daughter, 15-year-old Sasha, finishes high school at Sidwell Friends School.

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In 2013, the former president had said that the decision on whether to stay in Washington rested with his youngest daughter, saying, “Sasha will have a big say in where we are.?

Obama later confirmed in a 2016 interview that the family planned to stay in D.C. until Sasha finished high school.

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Elizabeth Vale is a contributor for Rare.
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