The Modest Childhood Home of Barack Obama Now For Sale

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It’s a testament to how pricey Hawaiian real estate can be that the three-bedroom, two-bath home that President Barack Obama grew up in is priced at more than $2 million, despite needing updates.

The 1,976 square foot Craftsman-style home in Honolulu’s Manoa neighborhood was home to the future president between 1964 and 1967 (when he was a preschooler through six years old), a block from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where his mother was going to school, Realtor Alan Christopher said.

Built in 1947, the childhood home of Obama also boasts a 334 square foot covered lanai, and a 292 square foot studio cottage with one bathroom that would make great a great student rental, given the home’s proximity to the university.

There’s also a nice big backyard that is just begging to become an oasis. 

It’s also walking distance to public and private schools, parks, and shopping.

The home could use some updates and, quite honestly, some better listing photos. The built-ins, French doors, and hardwood floors are promising launching points for any careful updates, but given the paucity of good photography, it’s difficult to say just how much updating needs to be done.

It’s hard to tell how much of the price inflation is due to the home’s brush with presidential history (the median list price in the neighborhood is about $1.25 million), and other factors like the rental income potential. 

According to the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s website, the area is “approximately 8 miles from Honolulu International Airport (now Daniel K. Inouye International Airport), 4 miles from downtown Honolulu, and just 2.5 miles from world-famous Waikīkī.” 

Alan Christopher with Cbi Residential Services has the listing, which is priced at $2.2 million. Want to see more? Click here

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