But one group of people we haven’t covered is politicians. We briefly touched upon homes where famous people slept, an article that included a few politicians, but not really homes actually owned by politicians. In today’s article, we’ll remedy that by writing about the homes of 2012 GOP candidates, which are either currently owned, were previously owned, or are currently being rented by the hopefuls.
Continue reading to take an in-depth look at these pieces of novelty real estate, the homes of would-be Republican presidents! Check them out!
Candidate: Mitt Romney
Location: Park City, UT
Cost: $5.25 million
Square Footage: 9,500
Valued At: $2.6 million (Zillow.com)
Notable Information: This lodge was previously listed for $5.35 million back in 2009, but was then removed; also back in 2009, Romney owned 4 pieces of real estate: the pictured home, a $3.5 million 1930s-era home in Boston, MA, a $12 million beachfront home in La Jolla, CA, and a lake house in Wolfeboro, NH.
Candidate: Herman Cain
Location: McDonough, GA
Cost: $425,000 in 1998
Square Footage: 3,203
Valued At: $290,700 (Zillow.com)
Notable Information: Built in 1997, the Cains have been the only owners.
Candidate: Rick Perry
Location: Estates of Barton Creek, Austin, TX (not pictured)
Rent: $10,000-plus a month
Square Footage: 6,386
Valued At: $1.85 million (Associated Press, 2007)
Notable Information: Perry is renting a home while the governor’s mansion (pictured) is being repaired; Perry also leases a Throckmorton, TX hunting ranch, which has been a source of controversy due to its previously offensive name.
Candidate: Michele Bachmann
Location: Stillwater, MN
Cost: $760,000 in 2008
Square Footage: 5,200
Valued At: $1.75 million (2007 Parade of Homes); $1.271 million (2008)
Notable Information: Overlooking the 18th hole on the StoneRidge Golf Course, the house includes an arched stone entry with western red cedar distressed door and iron highlights, a foyer with iron rails and hand scraped walnut plank flooring, gallery with arched openings, formal dining room, breakfast bay, maple kitchen with granite and limestone counter tops, wine cellar, and a paneled library with see-through fireplace.
Candidate: Ron Paul
Location: Lake Jackson, TX
Square Footage: 5,500
Notable Information: Paul and his family lived here for over 40 years; the house includes an in-ground pool, patio, large office with built-in book shelves, 2 car garage, formal dining room, living room, family room, and a craft room. (via http://buyronpaulshouse.com)
Candidate: Newt Gingrich
Location: McLean, VA
Cost: $995,000 in 2000
Square Footage: 5,206
Valued At: $1.275 million (Zillow.com)
Notable Information: Built in 1987, the house is located on a cul de sac.
Candidate: Rick Santorum
Location: Leesburg, VA
Cost: $850,000 in 2007
Square Footage: 5,040
Notable Information: This home includes 3.76 acres of land; Santorum also owns a Penn Hills home in Pennsylvania.
Candidate: Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Location: Washington, DC
Cost: $3.6 million
Square Footage: 5,500
Notable Information: This home is a 1911 brick Federal-style home located in historic Kalorama that features a wraparound patio terrace; Before Huntsman bought it in 2010, this home played host to the seventh season cast of the TV show “Top Chef.”
Stephanie Huskey is the resident real estate blogger for Movoto and her favorite GOP home is probably Mitt Romney’s luxurious residence. (But that’s because she’s got a thing for rustic cabins and/or lodges located out West.) Interested in getting her advice on your blog? She’s currently seeking guest blogging opportunities so she can share her knowledge with new communities! You can find her over here at Elance.com.