13 perks of being the vice president of the United States

They get to live in Number One Observatory Circle, a 9,150-square-foot Victorian mansion just a stone’s throw away from the White House.

Number One Observatory Circle - VP Residence - DC

Number One Observatory Circle, the official residence of the vice president of the United States since 1974.
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Built in 1893, Number One Observatory Circle has been the home of every vice president since 1977. According to the White House, Walter Mondale was the first vice president to live in the home, and it has since been the primary residence of vice presidents Bush, Quayle, Gore, Cheney, Biden, Pence, and their families. 

The historic home features beautiful chandeliers, mahogany floors, black marble fireplaces, and a desk previously used by Theodore Roosevelt.

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