He lives in a private property in Dallas, cocooned by 40 acres of private land and a trout-filled lake. The Secret Service occupies a house next door with four agents who scan the perimeter with binoculars.
Neither he nor his wife, Laura like to cook, so they have relied on food brought by friends or prepared meals from EatZi's, a local market.
He spends most of his weekends with his wife Laura at their isolated ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he likes to wake up early, roam the 1,600 acres with a chainsaw and cut new bike trails. Most of his weekdays are spent 95 miles north, in Preston Hollow, an upper-class section of Dallas where he lived for seven years before becoming governor of Texas in 1995.
On a trip to Calgary last month, he flew into town on a private jet and ate in a private room at a restaurant with three friends with eighty police officers who provided extra security.
Bush works with a dozen aides from his administration, and socializes with friends he has known for decades and lives in a conservative neighbourhood that voted for him.
This is the 'simple life' of the 43th American president, George W Bush, after retirement.