The Bushes Buy New Home in Dallas

George and Laura buy home in exclusive Dallas neighborhood, near Ross Perot.

ByABC News
December 4, 2008, 5:59 PM

Dec. 5, 2008— -- Next month President Bush will trade the White House for a sprawling mansion in a posh Dallas neighborhood.

"The president and Mrs. Bush have purchased a home in the Preston Hollow neighborhood in Dallas, Texas, where they will live after the president leaves office in January 2009," the first lady's spokeswoman Sally McDonough said in a statement Thursday.

While the First Lady's Office would not confirm the new home's exact address reports say the Bushes have selected a house on Daria Place at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac.

"The president and Mrs. Bush do not have occupancy of the home, and therefore, no additional details will be provided," McDonough said.

The home was purchased in early October by Robert McCleskey, a close friend of the first couple who had placed President Bush's assets in a blind trust when he became Texas governor in 1995.

Though the home is valued by the county at more than $2 million, reports say the Bushes paid an additional million. The home is only a few miles from the planned location of Bush's presidential library at Southern Methodist University, the first lady's alma mater.

Laura Bush hinted at the news during a news conference Wednesday. "We will be moving to Dallas in January, and there might be a new house coming along," she said.

Though the new house can't compare with the 132-room, 35-bath White House the Bushes will depart in January, their new home is enormous in its own right.

According its official listing on the Dallas Central Appraisal District's Web site, the one-story house spans 8,501 square feet of living space, including four bedrooms and four bathrooms, and sits on a 1.134-acre property. It was built in 1959 but is said to have undergone several renovations.