How many times can your home fit in 1 Romney house?
Website's new calculator digs at presidential candidate's plans for an 11,062-square-foot summer home, on the site of his current $12 million California house.
Reportedly, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a few dollars in the bank.
According to what seems to be the majority of media, he also is prone to spending that money — be it on companies, the world's most famous car-top pet tote or his latest potential purchase to draw attention: construction of an 11,062-square-foot "summer home," on the site of his current 3,009-square-foot beachfront house in La Jolla, Calif. He paid $12 million for the 18,000-square-foot property in 2008, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Today, real-estate brokerage Movoto answers America's most pressing question —"How many of my houses could fit in one Romney beach house?" — with this online calculator.
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Reached by email, Nick Johnson, Movoto's content outreach coordinator, says the "Romneyize your house" blog post is part of the site's effort to "(keep) people informed about what's happening in fun and unique ways." According to Movoto and the National Association of Home Builders, Romney's planned abode could fit 6.5 average U.S. homes.
Although the Union-Tribune broke news of Romney's construction plans way back in August, it's had remarkable staying power. For starters, it brought the same "How many houses do you own?" question that John McCain faced on the campaign trail in 2008 (last count: four, though one of Romney's sons lives in one). Last week, reports that Romney said he would discontinue the mortgage-interest tax deduction for second homes also raised some eyebrows.
And then there's the La Jolla home's proposed car elevator; for the record, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt also had one, and his was in a secret train station below New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
But let's cut to the chase.
President Barack Obama's house on the border of Chicago's Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods measures 6,243 square feet, according to the Cook County Assessor's Office. Romneyized: 1 home.
Obama's current residence, at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., is 55,000 square feet.
— Tony Stasiek is a producer/editor at MSN Real Estate.
You go Romney. A actual successful person running our country. Hey, what a concept.!!! This "article" once again is a total class warfare baiting slur piece of garbage brought to you by "Mostly Spin News" (MSN) who are hoping that you'll buy the same bill of goods you got sold in the last election. How about Kerry's houses, Clooney's, Soros ........... Don't be made a chump by this BS.
Hope Romney adds another 55K ft.residence come January.
Who cares how big his beach house is. I don't even care how big his everyday house is.
He worked to pay for them and didn't pass the bill to the guy in line behind him.
Please people lets get real. I say as long as the guy is working and paying his own way and is willing
to give the working people a fair shake without making me work harder to support someone who doesn't want to work I am all for him 100%. God Bless America and I am always proud of my country.
I want to be able to say that I am proud of my President again.
Tired of Romeny being demonized for being rich. He worked in private sector and earned his $. Obama was always a public employee. He owns a 6200 square foot home in what I would guess is a pretty good neighborhood.. I own 2 homes and the total sq. ft. of both is probably about the same as Obama's one house. So how did he afford that place? Isn't he close to being a 1%er himself? What a sham President this guy is.
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.