Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney purchased this San Diego beach home nearly four years ago for $12 million — an exorbitant buy for most anyone — but he wasn't satisfied with its lap pool, spa, generous 3,000-square-foot size, and patio overlooking the beach. He's been trying to push through a renovation — essentially a teardown — which would replace the house with a two-story, 11,000-square-foot home. While permits are still awaiting final approval, the project is expected to be approved. Keep reading for some details behind the proposed renovation, according to Politico.
- Romney's cars will have their own separate elevator.
- The basement alone will be 3,600 square feet.
- The lap pool will be joined by an outdoor shower and an undisclosed water feature.
San Diego officials have expressed some concern over the mysterious water feature and its ability to properly drain. It may take years for the permits to be proposed, so neighbors don't have to worry about bulldozers invading their hood anytime soon.
Romney notes that the renovation is meant to accommodate his extended family. Still, it seems a bit over the top, don't you think? My extended family — which is by no means small — has often happily spent holidays together at a 2,000-square-foot house.
What do you think? Does this beach house need some sprucing up in the form of a nearly quadruple-size increase?