President Obama exits Air Force One. Photo by Chris Stone

President Barack Obama and his family are expected to continue living in Washington when he leaves the White House on Friday, but will they eventually live in the Coachella Valley?

The website TMZ.com reported Monday that the outgoing first family will travel to Palm Springs after Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump. There’s been no official confirmation, but TMZ reports that the Obamas will depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 2:45 p.m. Friday, bound for Palm Springs.

If so, the Obamas likely won’t be in the area long — for now.

Obama has indicated the family will initially continue living in the Washington area so his youngest daughter, Sasha, can finish high school. His oldest daughter, Malia, graduated last year.

But the Obamas are reported to only be renting in Washington, and rumors have circulated for years that the Coachella Valley could become their ultimate home.

Obama has made multiple visits to the Coachella Valley in the past, both on official business as well as golfing with his boyhood friends in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and La Quinta.

Some stories have hinted that the Obama family is looking to buy a home in Rancho Mirage. Most of the rumors have pointed to the city’s Thunderbird Heights neighborhood, known as the “Playground of the Presidents,” an area frequented by several U.S. presidents for business and pleasure, including Gerald Ford, who bought a home there in 1978.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.