Obama spokesperson denies rumors the former president is buying a $27 million estate from Caroline Kennedy

Rumors are swirling that the Obamas are looking to Martha’s Vineyard for a new vacation home.

According to the Boston Globe, the former president and his family have been house-hunting in the rural communities of Aquinnah, Chilmark, and West Tisbury, on the island off the coast of Massachusetts.

The Obamas were rumored to have expressed interest in a set of two parcels owned by Caroline Kennedy and her husband, Edwin Schlossberg. The two parcels were once one 377-acre estate, called Red Gate Farm, that was owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Kennedy and Schlossberg divided the expansive plot into two several years ago, and they’re both currently on the market – one for $15 million, and the other for $12 million.

However, Obama spokesperson Kevin Lewis has denied that the family is looking for a home in Martha’s Vineyard.

Sotheby’s International Realty, whose agent George Ballantyne is listing the Kennedy properties with Hancock Real Estate’s Deborah Hancock, did not immediately return a request for comment.


The two parcels are idyllic, with plenty of untouched land.

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There isn’t currently a home on the property, which leaves it open to the new buyers to build a structure of their own design.

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There are roughly 1,000 feet of direct oceanfront land.

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It’s in a relatively isolated part of Aquinnah, Massachusetts, on the part of Martha’s Vineyard that locals call “up island.”

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There’s a 600-acre pond on the land, which, as the listing points out, would be ideal for “kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and fishing.”

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The Obamas have often vacationed in this part of Martha’s Vineyard in the past.

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The Kennedy family’s compound would certainly be a beautiful place to put down roots.

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