Houses of the Republican Presidential Candidates

By Adam Verwymeren, Networx

The 2012 presidential campaign officially kicked off with last Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses, the country’s first glimpse into which Republican hopeful will challenge President Barack Obama in November.

While hundreds of political reporters and pundits will be obsessing over the platforms and political machinations of the candidates, we’re attempting to glean some insight into the personalities of these contenders with a more personal approach: a glimpse into their family homes.

Mitt Romney

Location: Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H.

Price tag: $10,000,000

As one of the richest candidates in the running, Mitt Romney can afford more than one home. In fact, he’s owned four in the last few years, including a $12 million beachfront property in La Jolla, Calif.

Romney recently sold two of his properties, including one located in Park City, Utah. Resembling a ski chalet, the $5.25 million house features tree trunk beams overhead and exposed stone walls. Speaking of stones, the home also features a jacuzzi embedded into a garish jumble of well worn boulders. It’s a style that the New York Times likened to “Ralph Lauren of the ’80s, heavy on animal hides and Navajo patterns.”

The Romneys’ current home, estimated to be worth $10 million, is of a more restrained design — a stone cottage located on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. With a stately exterior and a bright, clean-cut interior design, it’s the sort of home one could imagine baking apple pies in. Of course, the Romneys probably don’t have much time for baking pies right now.

Rick Santorum

Location: Penn Hills, PA (sort of) and Great Falls, VA

Price tag: $2,000,000

The debate about Rick Santorum’s place of residency seems to be more interesting than his sprawling Great Falls, VA colonial. Still, Great Falls seems like an appropriate place for a Republican presidential candidate to call home — CNN Money ranked Great Falls as number 1 in their 2011 list of most-affluent towns.

Ron Paul

Location: Lake Jackson, Texas

Price tag: $325,000

Ron Paul rose from obscurity in 2007 when his campaign was able to raise a stunning $4 million in 24 hours, a feat he achieved through a savvy web campaign that attached tens of thousands of small donors. More recently Paul has tried to use some of that web savvy to sell his home in a down market. Last year he set up, a site dedicated to finding a buyer for his 5,500 square foot home in Lake Jackson, Texas. Love him or hate him, Paul is not the type of guy to put on airs, and his quaint Texas home located 50 miles outside of Houston, seems to suit his no-nonsense attitude. The four bedroom home features two lofts, a pool and five bathrooms.

Whether you’re in the market for modest, middle-class home with brick exterior walls and shingle roofing in the Houston area, or an invaluable piece of campaign memorabilia, the Paul home seems like a great deal. “A great house and a great piece of history” the website says. “The same home-office Dr. Paul used for 42 years. Generations of liberty loving kids have grown up here, and you can continue the tradition.” All that for only $325,000? I’d say that sounds as valuable as placing fifth in the Iowa caucuses.


Kelly R5 years ago

I hope President Obama uses this in his campaign.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

thanks for sharing

Kevin Cline
Past Member 5 years ago

Snoop Dog has nice digs, too!

Mel M.
Past Member 5 years ago


Jane H.
Jane H5 years ago

Too rich for my blood.

patricia m lasek
patricia lasek6 years ago

Not too shabby. And they say they are in touch with the American people???

Richard McGinnis
Rich McGinnis6 years ago

Willard Romney
Location: Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H.
Price tag: $10,000,000

I do believe a look at his tax returns over the last 28 years is in order... smile ;-)

Gary C.
Gary C6 years ago


Nicole Gorman
Nicole Gorman6 years ago

Question to everyone commenting - how much do your homes cost? Another question: would you want to vote for a candidate who didn't own their own home, what would your perception be of their money and budgetary skills? What kind of homes did you expect your elected officials to live in? It may be distasteful on a certain level, but if it actually comes as a shock to anyone then that is what is actually shocking. And Republican or Democrat, considering that the "White House" is both essentially the emblem representing our President as well as his home isn't looking askance at the homes of others rather hypocritical? I'm not saying that ostentatious displays of wealth aren't distasteful, especially in todays economy, but there are much more important things for us to focus upon and be upset about.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson6 years ago