According to published reports, the Chilmark Pond vacation home that was the first vacation spot rented by Barack Obama and family at the beginning of his presidency has sold for $15 million. The house, Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark Pond, offered a few extras such as privacy, a two-bedroom guest house for Secret Service, and a half-basketball court to hone the president’s basketball skills.
In addition to being on 9.5 secluded acres, the home’s pond has a boat dock and three empty lots between the house and the beach. It was easy to take a short row boat ride over to the sandy beach shore.
Built in 1961, the house had a complete redesign in 2006 by Seattle architect Rick Sundberg and landscape architect Steve Stimson.
Emerging from the rebuild as a sophisticated, light-filled residence taking full advantage of the view in its reconfiguration, the home is contemporary design similar to the Obama winter vacation rentals in Hawaii. There is a heated infinity pool, a home gym and a private boat dock on the pond as well as three beachfront lots for enjoying sand and sea.The 6,967-square-foot main house sits 120 feet above sea level and features six bedrooms and seven baths including a private master suite with its own den. The open floor plan includes pool, pond and ocean views from the chef’s kitchen, living room and dining room. There are three fireplaces, custom millwork, marble baths and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The buyer was Menemshovitz Realty Trust, represented by Gibbons Law Firm in New York City. Wallace and Co. Sotheby’s International had the listing, with Tom Wallace as principal broker.