Candidates' Cribs: These presidential candidates would love to call the White House home. But their million-dollar digs will have to do for now.

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They say you can judge people by the company they keep. What about the places they call home?
Mitt Romney, whose fortune hovers around $200 million, calls the Boston suburb of Belmont home, but also has the option of jetting to his ski house in Park City, Utah or his $10 million estate in rural New Hampshire. John Edwards wants to improve the lives of middle class Americans,

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They say you can judge people by the company they keep. What about the places they call home?

Mitt Romney, whose fortune hovers around $200 million, calls the Boston suburb of Belmont home, but also has the option of jetting to his ski house in Park City, Utah or his $10 million estate in rural New Hampshire. John Edwards wants to improve the lives of middle class Americans, but his 28,000-square-foot spread in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is a long way from Middle America.

In fact, the frontrunners in the presidential campaign don't exactly lively modestly. Looking at our list of where candidates live, and you'll see that all of them have million-dollar abodes.

Hillary Clinton, Democrat

Chappaqua, New York

In 1999, after living rent-free in the White House for eight years, Hillary Clinton and Former President Bill Clinton paid $1.7 million for a five-bedroom, four-bathroom circa 1889 house in Chappaqua, New York.. A years later, the couple paid $2.85 million for a second home, this one in the Washington, D.C. neighborhood Massachusetts Avenue Heights.

Neighborhood stats

Zip code: 10514

Average home value: $1,131,136

9-month appreciation: -2.8 percent

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Barrack, Obama, Democrat

Chicago, Illinois

In 2005, Barrack Obama used money from a book advance to plunk down $1.65 million for a Georgian revival home in Kenwood, a well-to-do landmark district on Chicago’s South Side.

Neighborhood stats

Zip Code: 60615

Average home value: $310,315

9-month appreciation: 1 percent

John Edwards, Democrat

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

In January 2007, John Edwards and his family moved into their $6 million North Carolina estate, which the local tax assessor’s office described as the most expensive in the county. No kidding. The 102-acre property includes a 10,400-square-foot main house and 15,600-square-foot recreation building, housing a basketball court, squash court, swimming pool and two stages. A third 2,200-square-foot structure connects the two buildings.

Neighborhood stats

Zip Code: 27516

Average home value: $365,347

9-month appreciation: 4.1 percent

Mitt Romney, Republican

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Mitt Romeny owns a few houses, including his main residence in the Boston suburb of Belmont and a ski house in Park City, Utah. But the address he seems to like most is a three-story contemporary house overlooking New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee. The 11-acre estate boasts a 5,400 square-foot six-bedroom house, a 2,700 square-foot boat house and 2,600-square-foot guest house. All told it’s worth more than $10 million.

Neighborhood stats

Zip Code: 03894

Average home value: NA

9-month appreciation: NA

John McCain, Republican

Phoenix, Arizona

A couple years ago John and Cindy McCain put their 11,000 square-foot Phoenix home on the market and downsized (sort of) to a new luxury condo building near Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix. Cindy McCain, who is heiress to the John Hensley liquor empire, paid $3 million for two units, which the couple combined for 6,000 square feet of fine living.

Neighborhood stats

Zip Code: 85016

Average value: $428,802

9-month appreciation: -1.6 percent

Rudy Giuliani, Republican

New York, New York

The former mayor of New York calls one of most expensive stretches of real estate in the country home. About five years ago he and his wife, Judith, paid $5.25 million for a nine-room co-op on the Upper East Side. Of course, every New Yorker needs an escape. In the case of the Giuliani’s it’s a $4 million house in the Hamptons.

Neighborhood stats

Zip Code: 10021

Average value: $1,527,997

9-month appreciation: - 4.7 percent

The White House

Washington, D.C.

The next president of the United States will have plenty of perks, but

one notable honor is four years of free rent in the White House, a

55,000 square-foot Georgian-style mansion that encompasses 132 rooms

and 32 bathrooms. Amenities include a tennis court, bowling alley,

movie theater, swimming pool, and oodles of history.

The White House was originally built in the late 1700s at a cost of

$230,000 – or about $3.5 million in today's dollars. That building was

burned down by soldiers in 1814 and rebuilt by the same architect. The

old house has obviously gone through a few changes over the years.

Electricity, plumbing and central heat are just a few of the upgrades

needed to make life comfortable for the President and his family.

Moreover, the addition of the West Wing and East Wing moved the staff

out of the presidential quarters and into adjacent buildings. That

said, the White House hasn't changed drastically since the early 1950s

when President Truman renovated the house and added two sub-basements,

says William Bushong, staff historian for the White House Historical

Association.

While the White House may be one of the most famous residences in

America, most experts would be hard pressed to put a value on it. "The

White House is priceless," says Jonathan Taylor, managing partner of

Tutt, Taylor & Rankin real estate in Washington D.C. But if he had to take a wild guess he'd say it's worth well over $100 million.. "Our biggest sale in town to date was a $25 million sale for a 29,000 square-foot house with 2 acres of land in Georgetown," says Taylor.

"The White House dwarfs that place."

Zip Code: 20006

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