President Obama and his family are expected to stay on a $7.6 million estate in the Chilmark area of Martha’s Vineyard, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times.
The Obamas are departing for their usual summertime Martha’s Vineyard sojourn August 10 and will remain on the island until August 18. The White House has confirmed the travel dates but not the location of the Obamas’ stay. The family has vacationed in Chilmark before, but not at this location, previously staying at the Blue Heron Farm.
The house where it appears they will be relaxing this year has four bedrooms, a two-bedroom guesthouse and a half basketball court with an older-style college three point line conveniently drawn in. It’s surrounded by woods but only about a mile from the beach.
The court could come in handy as Obama needs help with his shot, having gone 2 for 22 during a recent attempt to show off at the White House.
The Obamas have vacationed in Martha’s Vineyard every year he’s been president except 2012, when he was busy getting reelected and a president styling himself as a warrior for the middle class might not have wanted to be seen luxuriating in a playground for the rich.
The Obamas will land on the Vineyard “during one of the busiest times of the summer,” according to the MV Times, no doubt creating some inconveniences for other vacationers. While they’ll likely do the usual bike riding, beach time and of course, presidential golf, it appears a very special moment is being put together for them.
Harry Belafonte, the legendary crooner and civil rights activist, will perform at an invitation-only event being organized by Charles Ogletree, Obama’s Harvard Law School professor.