There are many famous residences in the world. You might have seen photo tours of Bill Gates‘ house, for example, or even visited Versailles or Paisley Park. But none, at least in the United States, are as famous as the White House. It’s America’s presidential palace. And no matter who lives there at any given time, it’s a place filled with history as the epicenter of the executive branch — unless, of course, the president is using a satellite building.
Though you can take a tour of the White House, you don’t get to see the whole thing. It’s a giant building sitting on a huge plot of land right in the heart of Washington, D.C., and its secrets run deep. Of course, the president and family live in the residence, and the rest of the building is dedicated to operating the government. As a guest, you’ll get merely a glimpse of it all.
But what if — and it’s a big “if” — you wanted to buy the place for yourself? You know, what if you could own it outright and be able to explore the entire place whenever you felt like it? Of course, it’s hard to imagine that the federal government would be listing the White House for sale anytime soon. But still, if it did how much would it take to buy it?
The short answer? A lot. A building that big, sitting on such a prime piece of real estate in America’s capital would come with a huge price tag. And on top of that, you’d need to factor in the historical value, the upkeep and maintenance required, and everything else that comes with buying a home. But first, we’ll do a quick rundown of its history — and then assign a dollar value.