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A Rare Glimpse Inside Bill And Hillary Clinton's Colourful Home

As Hillary Clinton opens up her home, we've run through the humble and not so humble addresses that came before it.

The Clinton's may not have been the First Family for nearly 20 years, but they are still calling Washington D.C. home.

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Hillary Clinton gave magazine Architectural Design a tour of her home -- a 510 square metre, Neo-Georgian red brick house in the Massachusetts Avenue area of Washington D.C.

The house, built in 1951, is called 'Whitehaven' because it sits on a street of the same name.

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Mrs Clinton first came across the house in 2000 -- the last year of her husband's presidency -- and said walking in was an "emotional" experience.

"It was an emotional reaction," she told the magazine.

"When I was elected to the Senate in 2000, I knew that I needed a place to live while we were in session during the year. So I began looking.

"I had an experience in this house, which was just emotional."

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It is reported the Clintons paid US$2.85 million (AU$4.1 million) for the house, that boasts a conservatory and a large swimming pool.

The couple spent three years between 2003 and 2006 renovating the property with interior designer Rosemarie Howe.

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“The mandate was to bring more light and to create more physical space for sitting and relaxing,” Howe told Architectural Design.

“It was kind of this Ozzie and Harriet house and it had never been updated. The bathrooms were sort of '50s.

"The kitchen was functional but very outdated, too. The people who had lived there before were very tall, so counters and things were quite high.”

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It was also a family affair for the Clintons in choosing the furnishings, with Mrs Clinton's mother Dorothy Rodham helping her daughter.

“It was a joy working with my mom and Rosemarie,” said Mrs Clinton.

“Both my mother and I love colour, and you can see, we have a lot of colour in the house that came from our collaboration.”

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Rodham now lives with her daughter in the poolhouse located in the garden of Whitehaven.

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Where Else Have The Clintons Called Home?
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The Clinton's first home in 1975, located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The couple were married in their living room of this one bedroom house and only lived here for one year. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

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In 1976 the newly-married couple moved into the this house in Little Rock, Arkansas, when Bill Clinton became the Attorney General of Arkansas.

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Two years later, they moved into the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock. They lived here for two spells, between 1979 to 1981 and then from 1983 to 1992. A bust of Bill Clinton sits outside.

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This house was home for the Clintons in between Bill Clinton's stints as Governor.

The most famous of them all. The Clintons lived here between 1993 and 2001 for two terms of the Clinton Administration.

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The Clintons bought this house, in Chappaqua, New York, in 1999. They lived here between 2001 and 2009 while Hillary Clinton served as a New York senator.

Contact the author jdunne@networkten.com.au