The bayside Point Loma mansion lavishly remodeled by Mavourneen O’Connor, the secretive twin sister of onetime San Diego mayor Maureen O’Connor, is up for sale for a cool $6,825,000. “195 feet of prestigious water frontage [comes with] this Richard Requa Spanish-Mediterranean designed historic estate,” notes an online listing. “Direct water access to the sandy beach at low tide adds to your enjoyment of being a few steps away from the beach path to well-known Kellogg’s Beach, Southwestern and San Diego Yacht Clubs, plus the Village with shops and restaurants.” Adds another notice, “This gorgeous estate claims 5 large bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, two upper level view decks, formal waterfront dining, bright and spacious remodeled kitchen and family room with fireplace and spectacular water views. Office, library, butler’s pantry.”
For that spectacular price, the new owner will acquire a little bit of local history and a residence that’s been strictly off-limits to reporters for years. The house, once the home of Mavourneen and husband physician Tom Kravis, whom she met at the City Club, is directly across the street from a Spanish-style mansion once owned by Maureen O’Connor and her husband, Jack in the Box founder Robert O. Peterson.
“When she brushes her teeth in front of the mirror each morning, Mavourneen O’Connor sees the face of the mayor of San Diego,” wrote then–San Diego Union reporter Gerry Braun in a July 1986 profile. “When she visits her next-door neighbor, who also is her childhood sidekick and closest confidante, she sees the mayor again. But now it appears that when Mavourneen O’Connor goes to work, she won’t be seeing her identical twin sister, Mayor Maureen O’Connor. One of the best-laid plans of the O’Connor twins — bringing Mavourneen onto the mayor’s staff as an unpaid ‘diplomat without portfolio’ — appears to have been killed by unresolved concerns raised by the city attorney over its legal ramifications.” Many believed at the time that the real reason was a conflict between Mavourneen’s expected duties in the mayor’s office and her role as head of an outfit that built and ran federally subsidized nonprofit senior housing projects downtown. She also dabbled in downtown real estate, buying up old buildings with Los Angeles attorney Robert Ballantyne, described by Braun as “Peterson’s college roommate and occasional business partner.”
Prior to moving to Point Loma, the twins and their husbands lived near each other in Del Mar, noted Braun. “If it’s anything personal about her, I’m not going to be able to help you,” Kravis told the reporter. “I have to respect her privacy.” (Online San Diego County court records show Mavourneen filed for divorce in July 2003.) Continued Braun, “Last week, when the twins celebrated their 40th birthday, they were joined by two other couples, their mother and Helen Copley, chairman and chief executive officer of The Copley Press Inc., and senior vice president David Copley. ‘I find her a lot of fun,’ David Copley said of Mavourneen. ‘I don’t want to say more fun than Maureen, but maybe a little more daring when she plays…a little looser, a little more at ease. Maybe it’s the fact that she drinks and Maureen doesn’t.’” A real estate broker handling the listing said that O’Connor is not the current owner of record, but declined further comment.