After his presidential hopes were dashed in 2012, Mitt Romney did what any self-respecting man worth $ 250M would do: he embarked on a luxury house-building spree, perhaps to salve his wounds. As of this writing, the former Massachusetts governor owns a 5,900-square-foot mansion outside of Salt Lake City, an $ 8.9M 6-bedroom ski chalet in Park City, Utah that was once featured in Architectural Digest, and is in the process of building an 11,000-square foot estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, California. But the plot thickens: the Boston Globe is now reporting that Romney is taking pains to distance himself from his opulent real estate portfolio. He’;s already shed his luxury condo in the Boston suburbs for $ 1.2M, and is considering putting the La Jolla house on the market.
He could not, however, bear to part with his longtime New Hampshire vacation home by Lake Winnipesaukee. Hopefully his ridiculous luxury amenities, like the famous $ 55K car elevator, and a stone fireplace reportedly big enough to hang Christmas stockings for his 23 grandchildren, and a secret room behind a bookshelf, made him feel better for a little while. It appears the robotic businessman is now back to his old tricks: trying to pretend to be a normal, red-blooded American man. This week, for instance, he is going to speak in Mississippi, “where aides say he will outline his vision for a better America,” according to the Boston Globe.
Mitt Romney’;s ski chalet in Park City via Curbed
Romney’;s vast wealth and private equity career was his Achille’;s heel the last time he hit the campaign trail, with Democratic attack ads depicting him as an “out of touch” rich guy, criticisms that only grew more heated when a video of a speech he gave disparaging the 47% of Americans he said relied on welfare was released. Clearly, he did not have future campaigns in mind when he made the decision to scoop up 3 fancy new houses. Yet it seems somehow doubtful that the American public will believe, as the Boston Globe reports, that the multimillionaire “refuses to spend money on apps for his iPad.”
· Romney built expensive homes after 2012 loss [Boston Globe]
· All Mitt Romney coverage [Curbed National]