New home: Clifton, in Devonshire, is a traditional Bermuda property. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
New home: Clifton, in Devonshire, is a traditional Bermuda property. *Photo by Kageaki Smith

FRIDAY, DEC. 21: Craig Cannonier will move into the Premier’s official residence in Devonshire, the Bermuda Sun can reveal.

The OBA leader has not set a date for his move from St George’s to the luxury Clifton residence.

But he has decided to make the move so he does not waste an hour a day travelling between work and home.

An OBA spokesman said: “Premier Cannonier will take up residence in Clifton, although the date for that move has not yet been set.

“The reason for the move is proximity to the Cabinet Office.

“With his home in St. George’s and the immense job facing the new Government, taking up to an hour a day driving to and from his St. George’s home to the office is not the best use of the Premier’s time.”

Cox moves out

The Bermuda Sun understands that Mr Cannonier and his family will have to wait until former Premier Paula Cox vacates the premises before they move in.

The Clifton property on Middle Road has not always been used by the island’s Premiers.

Alex Scott did live in the traditional Bermuda home for the last few months of his tenure in 2006.

But Dr Ewart Brown chose to remain at his own property off Collector’s Hill in Smiths.

Traditionally the Clifton property was used to house the island’s chief justices, but it fell into a state of disrepair.

In 2006 it underwent a $1.5 million renovation project.

Government justified the cost by saying it would become the official residence of all future Premiers.

The house, which is more than 200 years old, has a living room, dining room, kitchen, several bedrooms and an office. The grounds also include a two-bedroom guesthouse.