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July 4, 2012

No more Martha Vineyard vacations for Obamas

     London: Martha’s Vineyard, the idyllic ocean-side retreat where Barack Obama and his family has been holidaying for the past three summers, has been bought by Britain’s most celebrated architect Baron Foster. Baron Foster and Lady Foster of Thames Bank have bought the 30-acre estate for 14.3 million pounds and they appear to be in no mood for renting it out to the world’s most powerful family. The sprawling Blue Heron Farm, which comprises of a golf course, stables and an orchard, lies in Chilmark, to the south-west of the Massachusetts island made famous by the Kennedys and Clintons. Obama and his wife, Michelle, are believed to have paid 32,000-pound a week to rent the property from its previous owner, timber tycoon William Van Devenderi. The president was seen cycling around the island with his daughters, Sasha and Malia, and the family frequented a seafood restaurant close to the home of Valerie Jarrett, their friend and White House aide. However, it is understood that after buying the property through Sotheby’s last year, Lord and Lady Foster have not made it available for rent. “The excitement we’ve all had at having the First Family here will certainly be missed,” the Telegraph quoted Nancy Gardella, the executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, as saying.
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