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