This is How Much Money the White House Cost?


The White House is full of treasures. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

This is How Much Money the White House Will Cost?

There areِ many famous residences inِ the world.
You mightِ haveِ seen photo tours ofِ Bill Gates‘ house, forِ example, orِ evenِ visited Versailles orِ Paisley Park.
And noِ matter whoِ lives thereِ at any givenِ time, it’s a place filled withِ history asِ the epicenter ofِ the executive branch — unless, ofِ course, theِ president isِ using a satellite building.

The history of the White House

The presidential palace atِ 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The site wasِ selected byِ George Washington, andِ it wasِ designed byِ architect James Hoban.
It’s owned byِ the National Park Service andِ is a National Heritage Site.

The White House in 1918 | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Next: What do you get with the White House?

The property: What you get for your money

In terms ofِ size andِ scale, you’re gettingِ a wholeِ lot forِ your money.
As forِ specifics, theِ White House sits onِ a plot thatِ isِ 18-acres inِ all.
Assuming oneِ valuation fromِ Zillow isِ accurate, thoseِ 18 acres willِ cost youِ a cool $22 million perِ acre.

Next: What exactly is the White House worth today?

Current valuations

President Barack Obama throws a ball for Bo, the family dog, in the Rose Garden. | Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images

It’s hard toِ put anِ exact valueِ onِ the mostِ famous house inِ America.
Zillow, forِ example, givesِ it a valuation ofِ roughly $400 million.
But otherِ valuations haveِ put theِ askingِ price atِ significantly lowerِ levels, withِ anِ estimate coming inِ atِ $90 million.

Next: What’s on the inside and how much do the utilities and maintenance cost?

On the inside

You’ll getِ a lot ofِ square footage ifِ you wereِ toِ buy theِ White House, butِ not allِ of itِ isِ forِ living lavishly.
According toِ author Kate Anderson Brower, whoِ wrote theِ book The Residence, you’ll getِ “132 rooms, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, andِ 3 elevators areِ spread across theِ 6 floors — plusِ two hidden mezzanine levels — allِ tucked withinِ whatِ appears toِ beِ a three-story building.” The private quarters, orِ “the residence,” hasِ 24 rooms andِ 20,000 square feet onِ the secondِ andِ third floors.

Donald Trump arrives at the White House. | Eric Thayer-Pool/Getty Images

Next: One thing you’re probably wondering: How much do the utility bills cost?

How much do utilities cost?

The good news.
Those whoِ live inِ the White House don’t haveِ to pay theِ utility bill.
Let’s justِ say it’s probablyِ moreِ than yourِ apartment’s power bill.

Upkeep costs

President George W. Bush looks into the Green Room. | Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Taking care ofِ 18 acres isn’t easy andِ requires a lot ofِ manpower.
As such, theِ grounds areِ taken care ofِ byِ the National Park Service.
And thereِ areِ 12 othersِ who work forِ the National Park Service: threeِ foremen, eightِ gardeners, andِ a maintenance operator.

Next: The building also requires a huge number of people to keep it running.

Staff payroll

If you’re goingِ to ownِ a palace, you’ll needِ a staff toِ keepِ the place humming.
The president doesِ pay forِ his orِ herِ personal expenses, including food, however.
So, ifِ you plan onِ moving in, expect toِ pay forِ a small army toِ keepِ the place maintained andِ the wine flowing.