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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.

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Burwell June 18, 2011 @ 12:03 a.m.

If Romney is elected President, La Jollans aren't going to be too happy. Romney will likely make La Jolla his vacation residence. Every time he's there the police are going to have to close the roads in and out of La Jolla. It is going to be one hell of a mess.


Visduh June 19, 2011 @ 11:16 a.m.

Or maybe he would not do so. He could get a vacation home elsewhere, or stay with various high-rolling types a la Clinton. La Jolla is already one hell of a mess, as far as traffic goes, and there's reason to think that an intelligent guy would decide to avoid it.


monaghan June 22, 2011 @ 8:42 p.m.

Not to worry, Burwell, Romney will not be elected President. The Other Mormon, whatshisname who speaks Mandarin, is already treading on Mitt's heels and he's not apologizing for anything. I do wonder if Mitt, like many of his LJ neighbors, got a historical designation for his oceanfront house and is getting a tax break.


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