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5 Hometowns Transformed by a President

BOSTON ( MainStreet) -- Having the president of the United States live in your community boosts property values, brings in tourists and makes your town a household name -- often long after the leader has left office.

"President George W. Bush definitely drew attention to this area as a great place to own and invest in property," says Texas real estate agent Doug Eastland, who sells homes in the Waco suburb of Crawford, where the former commander in chief owns a ranch. "Before Bush, I doubt many people outside the Waco area had heard of Crawford."

Eastland and agents in other communities where America's four surviving ex-presidents live say house hunters almost always want to drive by the former leader's home.

"Our buyers ask where the Clintons live all the time," says Debra Doern, who runs real estate firm Houlihan Lawrence 's office in Bill and Hillary Clinton's adopted hometown of Chappaqua, N.Y.

Locals also like to catch an occasion glimpse of an ex-president.

Kevin Robert, who manages Coldwell Banker 's office in former President George H.W. Bush's hometown of Kennebunkport, Maine, says residents often see the former leader dining in local restaurants or attending charitable events.

"There is great appreciation by townspeople for the president and his family," Robert says.

Here's a Presidents Day Weekend look at real estate in Kennebunkport and other communities that America's ex-leaders now call home:

Former president: George W. Bush
Hometown: Crawford, Texas
With less than 800 residents, Crawford was just a small rural suburb 20 miles west of Waco until Bush became president in 2001.

But Eastland, who works for local firm Magnolia Realty , says souvenir stores "popped up overnight" after Bush's inauguration -- followed by gawkers, journalists, protesters and the president's entourage.

"It was always exciting to see the Marine helicopters fly over on their way to the ranch, the jets circling the entire area as well as the parade of black SUVs," he says. "Although security was tight when Bush was in town, I think the vast majority of people were proud to have him as a neighbor and accommodated the press, the lookers and his security as best as they could."

Of course, things have calmed down since Bush left office in 2009.

"You can still see President Bush on rare occasion -- obviously not as much as when he was in office -- but I believe the true locals appreciate his privacy," Eastland says.

As for Crawford's housing market, the town offers a mix of farms, ranches, older properties and upscale homes that are popular with executives who work in Waco but prefer living in a rural environment.

Realtor.com lists 18 Crawford homes for sale, from a $34,900 two-bedroom house to a $970,000 50-acre ranch listed by Eastland.