WASHINGTON — You’re out of luck if you’re hoping to rent the Obamas’ 2011 Winter White House after they leave Hawaii next week, but you can buy it if you have $7.9 million to burn.
That’s according to realtor David Dunham, who manages the 33,000-square-foot property, which he says will be listed for sale in January. Dunham called the first family’s stay at the one-story, five-bedroom, six-bath house a “one-time trick.”
Dunham joked to Civil Beat on Thursday that renting to Obama was “a favor because he had no place to go.”
Dunham wouldn’t say how much the Obamas paid1 to rent the house, which he said is at 47 Kailuana Place, just down the street from the property where the first family stayed for three consecutive winter vacations since 2008.
But Dunham did specify that the Obamas rented the house for one month even though they are only in Hawaii for about two weeks. A Civil Beat investigation earlier this year revealed that the Obamas’ 2010 stay was illegal under Oahu’s long-standing ban on short-term rentals.
Dunham acknowledged he is aware of the law but did not indicate whether the Obamas’ opted to rent the house for a full month as a way to comply with it.
“I really don’t know,” Dunham said. “They scheduled a whole month. They had a window that they could have came in, and so it was Dec. 2 to Jan. 2.”
Honolulu property tax records list Sumit Kailuana LLC as the owner of the house, which last sold in December 2006 for $4.6 million. Records also show that the property underwent $30,000 in renovations in 2007.
Sumit Kailuana is listed as “not in good standing” according to the State Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs. A staffer with the DCCA told Civil Beat that the company failed to file required reports in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Dunham is listed as an “agent” in Sumit Kailuana’s records with DCCA. The other individual listed as a member of the company is Chinyu Sarkar, who resides in New York, according to the DCCA.
A woman who answered a call to the phone number listed with Sarkar’s Manhattan address said that Civil Beat had reached a residence, and that she could not provide any information on Sumit Kailuana LLC.
Dunham said he is a Massachusetts native, and that while he may share a “very distant” relative with Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, he’s not aware of any family link to her.
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