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$53-million mega-mansion in Rolling Hills is fit for a king

If the $53-million price tag doesn't stand in his way, President Obama need look no further than Hacienda de la Paz on the Palos Verdes Peninsula as a place to settle down after life in the White House.

Set in gated Rolling Hills, behind gates of its own, the ranch estate includes 8 acres of edible landscaping and five bunker-worthy subterranean levels beneath its ground-floor living space. There are back-up generators, a system to turn the indoor pool water into oxygen, a state-of-the-art security system, thermal generated power and enough wine cellar space to lay in a supply for years to come -- everything a head of state needs to weather a national or worldwide emergency.

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There are also good public and private schools, an active equestrian community, ocean kayaking and hiking trails nearby.

Governors, senators and even one former U.S. president have been to the property. When Jimmy Carter stopped by for a 15-minute appearance at a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, he stayed more than three hours, homeowner John Z. Blazevich said. Carter ended up leaving when his entourage misinterpreted his rising for a bathroom break as the signal to end the visit.

Despite its size, Hacienda de la Paz has the feel of a family home too – as does the White House. And it's only slightly smaller, at about 50,000 square feet.

"This house is unique – no other seems to combine a sense of intimacy," said listing agent Marcie Hartley of Hilton & Hyland/Christie's International Real Estate, "and yet a vast hidden grandeur."

The $53-million property is the sixth-most expensive home in California being marketed through the Multiple Listing Service, according to Realtor.com.

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