132 Rms, Riv Vu: What If You Could Rent the White House?

Ann Brenoff



American families have gotten pretty creative in coming up with ways to trim the budget on vacations. So here's a vacation idea that could save the whole country money. HomeAway, a company that arranges vacation stays in private homes, crunched the numbers and came up with this fun factoid: If the First Family rented out the White House when they go on their seven weeks of vacation every year, it would add almost $4 million to the nation's coffers.

HomeAway, the online marketplace for vacation rentals, asked owners who use the service what they would charge vacationers to rent the 55,000-square-foot White House's 132 rooms. The answer: $551,000 per week.