Politics Obama spokesman denies rumors the former president is buying a $27 million estate from Caroline Kennedy

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Barack and Michelle Obama are rumored to be looking for a vacation home in Martha's Vineyard.

Former President Barack Obama rides a bike with his daughter Malia on Martha's Vineyard in August 2015. play

Former President Barack Obama rides a bike with his daughter Malia on Martha's Vineyard in August 2015.

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Rumors that the Obamas are looking to Martha's Vineyard for a new vacation home aren't true, a family spokesman said.

The Boston Globe earlier reported that "word around the island" is that the former president and his family have been house-hunting in the rural communities of Aquinnah, Chilmark, and West Tisbury, off the coast of Massachusetts.

The paper specifically noted the Obamas' interest in a set of two parcels owned by Caroline Kennedy and her husband, Edwin Schlossberg. The two parcels were once one 377-acre estate, called Red Gate Farm, that was owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Kennedy and Schlossberg divided the expansive plot into two several years ago, and they're both currently on the market — one for $15 million, and the other for $12 million.

However, Obama spokesperson Kevin Lewis has denied that the family is looking for a home in Martha's Vineyard.

Sotheby's International Realty, whose agent George Ballantyne is listing the Kennedy properties with Hancock Real Estate's Deborah Hancock, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Here's the property that Sotheby's has listed:

The two parcels are idyllic, with plenty of untouched land.

The two parcels are idyllic, with plenty of untouched land. play

The two parcels are idyllic, with plenty of untouched land.

(Sotheby's International Realty)


There isn't currently a home on the property, which leaves it open to the new buyers to build a structure of their own design.

There isn't currently a home on the property, which leaves it open to the new buyers to build a structure of their own design. play

There isn't currently a home on the property, which leaves it open to the new buyers to build a structure of their own design.

(Sotheby's International Realty)


There are roughly 1,000 feet of direct oceanfront land.

There are roughly 1,000 feet of direct oceanfront land. play

There are roughly 1,000 feet of direct oceanfront land.

(Sotheby's International Realty)


It's in a relatively isolated part of Aquinnah, Massachusetts, on the part of Martha's Vineyard that locals call "up island."

It's in a relatively isolated part of Aquinnah, Massachusetts, on the part of Martha's Vineyard that locals call "up island." play

It's in a relatively isolated part of Aquinnah, Massachusetts, on the part of Martha's Vineyard that locals call "up island."

(Sotheby's International Realty)


There's a 600-acre pond on the land, which, as the listing points out, would be ideal for "kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and fishing."

There's a 600-acre pond on the land, which, as the listing points out, would be ideal for "kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and fishing." play

There's a 600-acre pond on the land, which, as the listing points out, would be ideal for "kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and fishing."

(Sotheby's International Realty)


The Obamas have often vacationed in this part of Martha's Vineyard in the past.

The Obamas have often vacationed in this part of Martha's Vineyard in the past. play

The Obamas have often vacationed in this part of Martha's Vineyard in the past.

(Sotheby's International Realty)


The Kennedy family's compound would certainly be a beautiful place to put down roots.

The Kennedy family's compound would certainly be a beautiful place to put down roots. play

The Kennedy family's compound would certainly be a beautiful place to put down roots.

(Sotheby's International Realty)