The Most Beautiful Presidential Homes in the World


One’s home is quite possibly the most true reflection of self, and our returning (insert jumping for joy and disorderly jubilation) First Family’s White House is no exception. A testament to their positive influence that’s inspired a nation again, one of the things on their agenda the first go around was planting a garden ala Alice Waters, the local food movement’s Grand Dame who’s been championing universal access to healthy, organic foods since the ’70s. Next up was a forward thinking chef to revamp the White House kitchen and help out with Let’s Move, and a celebrated Hollywood interior designer to make their living spaces chic and comfortable.

In honor of the ever-inspiring Obama’s homestead, we thought we’d take a look at other beautiful presidential dwellings around the world. From our own great nation’s extra large Georgian country house to Pritzker Prize-winner Oscar Niemeyer’s ode to simplicity and modernity in Brazil, click through to virtually visit our picks for the most beautiful presidential pied-à-terres on the planet. Nominate any that you think we’ve missed in the comments below!

The White House by James Hoban, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Henry Latrobe – Washington, DC

Image credit: HiraV; Pete Souza; The White House Blog

Élysée Palace by Armand-Claude Mollet, Étienne-Louis Boullée and Joseph-Eugène Lacroix – Paris, France

Images via le dauphine; THE DARKROOM

Palácio da Alvorada by Oscar Niemeyer – Brasília, Brazil

Images via Wikipedia

Casa Rosada by Enrique Aberg and Francesco Tamburini – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Images via Peach, Plum, Orange; deviantART

Palazzo del Quirinale – Rome, Italy

Images via daringtodo; Rai

Rashtrapati Bhavan by Edwin Landseer Lutyens – New Delhi, India

Images via kamit; Landscape Lover’s;

Schloss Bellevue – Berlin, Germany

Image credit: Pudalek; BBR

Presidential Palace by Uheiji Nagano – Taipei, Taiwan

Image credit: Kamakura; Ma Jien-kuo

Bessastaðir – Álftanes, Iceland

Image via Perlesmeden; Stephan Schmatz

Belém Palace – Lisbon, Portugal

Images via TrekEarth; Antónia Lobato