Patrick Daugherty 9:09 a.m., June 19
Mitt Romney's La Jolla Ties Attract Increasing Notice
Curbed, a national website covering celebrity and other high-end digs, presented a guided tour of the houses of GOP presidential candidates yesterday, including an aerial photo of ex-Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's house on the La Jolla coastline:
"The former CEO of private equity house Bain Capital, Romney didn't skimp on his new digs. In fact, he forked over $12M for one of the choice beachfront houses in town, a 3,000-square-foot spread on almost half an acre."
Not mentioned is that ex-San Diego mayor Maureen O'Connor and her late husband Bob Peterson, founder of Jack-in-the-Box, once owned the elegant old residence. She sold it in August 1989 to a buyer who in turn sold it to Romney in 2008.
Last December we reported that Romney and wife Ann had hired Island Architects to lobby San Diego officials for a coastal development permit on the house at 311 Dunemere Drive:
That fall, the La Jolla Historical Society newsletter listed the mansion as threatened:
"1926 Spanish Eclectic (311 Dunemere) Among the first built in the Barber Tract neighborhood, this house with its long stretch of lawn sloping to the white sand beach is now threatened with demolition. Plans call for construction of a much larger home impacting not only the lot itself but the view to the landmark Philip Barber House immediately to the south once owned by actor Cliff Robertson."
Daily Kos traced the estate's paper trail in 2008:
One local source says someone closely resembling Romney has recently been spotted around the village, including a stop at a car wash.