Zillow – Mitt Romney Returns To Park City With $8.9 Million Home Purchase
By Laura Vecsey,
Mitt Romney is in the middle of a legal muddle with neighbors over the dream house he and his wife Ann want to build on the beach in La Jolla,
So what’s a wealthy, former presidential candidate to do for solace?
How about buying a fancy, rustic mansion in Park City, Utah?
Through a company headed by Ann Romney called Deer Valley SR, LLC, records show that the couple have settled on a Deer Valley house that had been last listed for $8.9 million.
The purchase marks the Romneys’ official return to Park City after selling in 2009 the mansion they had owned for 14 years, which include the years Romney was head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Not that the Romneys had ever totally forsaken Utah; during Romney’s presidential bids in 2008 and 2012, many big-stakes fundraisers were held in Park City.
The new Utah gathering place with soaring cathedral ceilings will provide a lot of room to roam for the Romneys, who have five sons and 23 grandchildren. Built in 1991, it boasts 6 bedroom, 8 bathrooms over 8,700 square feet. Park City real estate is a pricey sky resort with median list prices hitting at $849,000 and several homes for sale listed well over $1 million.
According to the listing description on the property: “As featured in Architectural Digest, this ‘Utah Rustic’ home gave renowned local architect Fred Babcock the opportunity to stretch beyond what one assumed could normally be achieved in log construction. Comprised of whole logs and many local materials, interior designer David Krajeski created an interior that invites both grand entertaining and cozy relaxation. The architectural design is centered on the two-story great room with massive stone fireplace and magnificent views to the Uinta Mountains and beyond.’’
Besides their La Jolla home, the Romneys own two other homes, including their 5,400-square-foot home and 11-acre summer compound on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, NH.
Romney’s bid to be president flopped when he lost to Barack Obama in the 2012 election. It was expected that instead of the White House in DC, the Romneys would be decamped to their dream home in La Jolla. However, their plan to tear down and rebuild on their .41-acre site has been stymied by legal action.
According to the San Diego Reader, an appeal before the California Coastal Commission meeting on September 11 in Eureka, CA against the Romney home construction has been postponed. The paper said that architect and longtime La Jolla resident Anthony A. Ciani “filed his original appeal on July 24, claiming the proposed “McMansion” on the Romneys’ .41-acre beachfront lot is illegal under city and state laws and coastal usage policies.”
The Romneys plan to demolish their existing 3009-square-foot house and replace it with an 11,062-square-foot home. The La Jolla Community Planning Association previously voted to approve the Romney house project.
However, according to Ciani says, “the Romneys claim they own the beach out to the mean high tide line and are using that area to enhance the size of their proposed new house.” Ciani argues that the La Jolla Land Use Plan shows the beach to be “dedicated” or “owned in fee by the City.”
According to the Reader, Ciani said he expects Romney’s team to “pack the room with supporters” at the October meeting in San Diego at the Crowne Plaza hotel.
In the meantime, for the Romney clan, there’s always Park City.
See more images of Romney’s new home on the Zillow blog here.