Kalorama to get America’s ‘Most Desirable Neighbors’

WASHINGTON — The Obama family’s future neighbors in Kalorama will have two years of Secret Service presence in their neighborhood and the homes nearest to the Belmont Road, Northwest, house the Obamas are renting will be part of a newly-gated security zone, but the Obamas bring with them something neighbors want.

They are desirable neighbors. At least that’s what real estate firm Zillow says.

The Obama family has been voted Most Desirable Neighbors for 2017 in its 10th annual Celebrity Neighbor Survey.

The current First Family received 14 percent of the surveyed adults’ votes, with strong votes among both male and female voters and across generations, Zillow says.

Ipsos conducted the poll for Zillow in early December. It included a sample of 1,000 U.S. adults.

Actor Dwayne Johnson was a close second, with 13 percent of the votes.

Other top vote-getters were Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” and Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.

One other, yet undetermined D.C. neighborhood will get a pair of survey favorites too. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who are expected to move to D.C., also make this.

Zillow’s survey also asked for votes on who was 2016’s worst neighbor. Justin Bieber topped the worst neighbors list for the second time, earning the highest percentage of votes in the survey’s 10 year history at 36 percent.

Zillow’s Most Desirable Neighbors for 2017:

  • The Obamas
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Chip and Joanna Gaines
  • Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.
  • Adele
  • Taylor Swift
  • Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
  • Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

Zillow’s Worst Neighbors of 2016:

  • Justin Bieber
  • Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna
  • Tom Cruise
  • Taylor Swift
  • Tom Brady
  • Ryan Lochte
  • Billy Bush
  • Alex Rodriguez

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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