Visiting the Beloved Home of Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt, America’s 26th president continues to be revered as one of the best leaders the country has ever had. Thrust into the presidency after his predecessor President McKinley died of complications from a gunshot wound, Roosevelt at just 41 years old—America’s youngest commander-in-chief, quickly began taking action and making policy that would forever change the country. “Trust-busting” was one of the first things on the agenda. Through this action, President Roosevelt sought to eliminate trusts, other wise known as monopolies, from taking over business’ and industries which consequently allowed others the opportunity to have a piece of the pie as well.

Theodore Roosevelt was truly the people’s president. When he and his family were not at the White House, you could find them retreating to Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill home, which he lived in from 1885 until his death in 1919.

Situated on 155 acres in Oyster Bay, NY, 22 year old Teddy purchased the the property for $30,000–what would be equivalent to about $750,000 today. He then hired the famous architecture firm, Lamb and Rich to design and build the home, which is cost equivalent to about $450,000 now. Sagamore Hill, President Roosevelt’s primary residence, features 22 rooms–all unique and personal to the president and his family. The home has since become a Sagamore Hill National Historic Site as well as the Theodore Roosevelt Museum that is open to the public year round.

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Roosevelt has been quoted as saying, “I wonder if you will ever know how I love Sagamore Hill.” In the home, Roosevelt and second wife Edith Kermit Carow raised their six children and hosted many dignitaries. The home has had little remodeling and it features most of the original decor and fixtures–making it truly a historical landmark.

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Revisiting the Homes of Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln

This post was originally written last summer and has since become one of the most read blog posts we’ve ever written. I’m guessing there are a lot of 5th graders who find this useful when they have to do their history report, but also there’s just something about Lincoln that makes us want to know more about him. From researching the places he’s lived, of all the presidents I’ve come across, he has some of the most diverse homes. From meager upbringings to a nice home to raise a family to living in the White House, Lincoln’s changes in housing have fallen right in line with his changes in lifestyle.

So this 4th of July week as we celebrate our country’s independence let’s look once more at the places The Great Emancipator called home.

Abraham Lincoln is making a comeback. I’m not quite sure he ever really went away, but Hollywood & authors alike seem to be lauding this Founding Father more today than in recent  memory. You’ve got Speilberg’s Lincoln hitting theaters this weekend starring Daniel Day Lewis and several fictional & historical books have been released about his years growing up & his term in office.

But one of the first things I remember learning about Abraham Lincoln is that he lived in a log cabin. As a boy I thought, what could be better than a home made entirely out of wood? So in honor of Lincoln’s new status as a vampire slaying pop culture icon, here’s a look at some of the places our 16th President called home:

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Knob Creek Farm

Knob Creek Farm in Hodgenville, KY
This farm house is the one that Lincoln often mentioned as the place he most remembers as a child. Abraham Lincoln was 2 years old when his parents moved to this 230 acre farm land because it had fertile soil for the Lincolns to farm. The original home was torn down back in 1870, but this replica was reconstructed in 1930. Looks like log cabins can stand the test of time.

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Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Home of Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln in Springfield, IL
This home in downtown Springfield, IL was the early home for Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. History tells us they bought the home for a mere $1,200 and some land from Rev. Charles Dresser who was also the person that married them just two years before. The home was originally smaller than what you see pictured, but the Lincolns had some additions made to it to accommodate for their growing family.

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Willard Hotel in Washington DC

Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.
So the obvious next home would be the White House, but a little known fact is that Lincoln actually stayed at the Willard Hotel prior to his presidential inauguration. In fact, Lincoln arrived here a bit earlier than expected when an assassination plot was uncovered and he was diverted from some appearances in Baltimore and instead sent to D.C. sooner than expected. The Willard Hotel was Lincoln’s residence for about 10 days prior to his inauguration and used the hotel as his home base for selecting cabinet members and is the place where Lincoln wrote his inaugural address. According to Abraham Lincoln Online, today the hotel maintains a small historical display in a hallway just inside the northeast entrance where you can see a copy of Lincoln’s $773.75 hotel bill which he paid with his first paycheck as president

For more info on Abraham Lincoln, visit Abraham Lincoln Online.


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Presidential Town Hall: Important Questions That Weren’t Asked

bm Presidential Town Hall: Important Questions That Werent AskedNearly 70 million people tuned in to watch the presidential debate and heard audience members ask Mitt Romney and Barack Obama thoughtful, specific and often personalized questions.  One came from a college student who asked about the future of employment for his generation. Other hot topics included small business, immigration, gun control, tax deductions, sustainable energy and equality for women.

However, one major topic was clearly absent from the conversation. Where was the topic of housing?

There is so much to discuss.  From the “underwater” homeowners to today’s stabilizing – and even increasing – home prices.  From lowered rates of homeownership to the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  The list goes on and on.  Surely there was a homeowner in the audience or someone who dreams of owning a home one day that had this on their mind

Real estate has a significant impact on the economy and this topic deserves attention from President Obama and Governor Romney.  Coldwell Banker, as you would expect from the nation’s oldest real estate brand, plays a leadership role in the industry.  So it makes sense that we share this blog with you and the campaigns to hopefully gauge where each candidate stands on housing.

Last night we asked our Facebook fans to identify housing questions they think should be answered by the candidates.

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The responses are also thoughtful, specific and often personalized questions.  They deserve to be asked and also answered.

We have tweeted to both campaigns and will keep you informed if, when and how they respond.  Take a look at some of the questions and feel free to suggest some others:

Kathy M.: Do you think housing will lead the economy recovery long term and why or why not?

Linda L.: What are your plans for improving the housing market? Do you understand that will create jobs and boost the economy?

Michelle P.:  would want to know what the administration would do to help people achieve home ownership.

Cynthia L.: What is your plan to retain the mortgage interest deduction?

John S.: How will you balance the needs of lenders to make safe loans with the unattainable QRM requirements? What plans do you have to strengthen FNMA and the secondary market?


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Real Estate Headlines for the Week After the Super Bowl

Possibly the most famous home of a U.S. President

The Super Bowl is over and this morning comments about the game, the ads and even Madonna are probably waning. What ever will we talk about for the next week? To help spark some conversation here are some real estate headlines for your post-Super Bowl edification:

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