It is not every day that the White House is put up for sale! Whilst this White House is in Walton-on-Thames and not Washington D.C., it was once home to a former US President. Boasting its very own blue plaque, this is the perfect house for any history buff or budding politician.
Built in 1768, The White House is a Georgian period home of local historical interest located on West Grove, Walton on Thames. As you step inside you are immediately overwhelmed by the immense first impression and history that this fine period home possesses. The property boasts impressive bay windows and a quaint bell tower on the roof. Many of the period features have been retained and it has been well maintained and updated with respect to its history, featuring parapet walls on the roof, decorative windows, fireplaces, friezes, and coving.
The property is generous in size and offers open plan living space, with the lounge reception area as you arrive into the property and includes a distinctive fireplace. The property boasts four reception rooms including a drawing room and study, where one could picture the former president plotting his political career. The drawing room overlooks the garden capturing a double aspect with doors providing access, once again with a distinctive marble fireplace.
The blue plaque of former US president Herbert Hoover sits high on the front wall. The Hoover’s lived in the White House in Walton-on-Thames in 1902, many years before Herbert Hoover became the 31st President of the United States of America in 1929, moving into Washington D.C’s more recognisable residence.
In his memoirs, he referred to his ownership of the White House in Walton-on-Thames, “My wife searched out a small country house at Walton-on-Thames” and a footnote added the ironic twist “curiously it was known as The White House”. Perhaps it was more than a coincidence that he would occupy the official residence some 27 years later.
Prior to his political career, Herbert Hoover was a mining engineer and had become a partner at Bewick, Moreing & Co and C.A. Moreing and lived locally at Moore Place in Esher. Herbert Hoover amassed a fortune from gold mining and in 1901 was cited the richest man of his age in the world.
Speaking of The White House, Warren Fraser, Head of Curchods Prime, says:
“This is a rare opportunity to purchase a Georgian period home of local historic interest. As you step inside you are immediately overwhelmed by the immense first impression and history that this fine period home possesses. The South Westerly facing orientation ensures an abundance of natural light which is captured across key areas, further emphasising the high ceilings and examples of Georgian architecture.”