Mitt Romney to Quadruple Size of ‘Inadequate’ $12 Million Mansion

Mitt Romney, who in June told voters that he was "also unemployed," plans to quadruple the size of his $12 million home in La Jolla, California, the San Diego Union Tribune reports:

Mansion_romney Mitt Romney has filed an application with the city to bulldoze his 3,009-square-foot, single-story home at 311 Dunemere Dr. and replace it with a two-story, 11,062-square-foot structure. No date has been set to consider the proposed coastal development and site development permits, which must be approved by the city.

Politico adds:

The reason for the expansion, according to the official, is family: "They want to enlarge their two bedroom home because with five married sons and 16 grandchildren it is inadequate for their needs."

Vanity Fair notes that the new size of the mansion would be adequate to house the Memphis-area Enterprise-Rent-A-Car facility; the Waubonsee Community College ceramics studio; the Manhattan office of Bonobos; the meat locker at the Harlem Fairway; the Diane Von Furstenberg flaship store in New York’s Meatpacking District; the Condé Nast cafeteriathe;  Music Hall of Williamsburg; Jennifer Aniston’s old house; the top-of-the-line luxury spa at the Trump International™ Hotel & Tower Las Vegas; andthe  world’s largest whale.

I wonder if it will include a cage on the roof for his dog?


  1. Wayne says

    11,000 sq.ft. isn’t a mansion nor is it that big especially if you are sitting on prime real estate in La Jolla. Plus, most wealthy Mormons have houses over 10,000 sq.ft. — it is the norm now.

  2. alguien says

    good luck getting the citizens of la jolla to agree to THAT monstrosity.

    i grew up in la jolla and it’s a very, very strict community in terms of what people can do with their properties (when we sold our house, we were informed that it was against municipal code to plant a for sale sign in front of our property). la jolla is also a politically liberal community which, most likely, has no great love for romney. i’m pretty sure the romney family has a bit of a battle in the not-to-distant future.

  3. walter says

    romney is so out of touch with average citizen. most families can’t deal with eevry day expenses. and he runs around calling corporations people. he hasn’t met a corporation or their money he doesn’t love.

  4. chris says

    Ugh. Also ugh: I know you don’t control who buys ad space here, Mr. Towleroad, but I wish there were a place where I didn’t have to see Allen West’s ads.

  5. MikeBoston says

    I’m sure the owners of the little bunglow tucked in beside this property are thrilled to lose their view, privacy, and a lot of sunlight.

  6. anon says

    I guess it’s $12M because of the location, because 3000 sq ft is a normal sized house (maybe the details are wrong here?). He could save a lot of money by moving and building elsewhere. Also, does this mean he doesn’t think he’s going to win?

  7. say what says

    actually an average 3-4 bedroom 2 floor american home is about 1600-2100 sqft

    That is not what gets built now a days, BUT what gets built now a days is still in the minority and not the average compared to the rest of america

    Anyway; the size isn’t the problem. demolishing a house and building another larger 1 in its place on $12,000,000 real estate in this recession is the issue

    If Romney had a brain cell in his head he would have waited till the election is over. This just paints him as out of touch with average citizens

  8. Wayne says

    I agree he should have waited till after the election to do the expansion. But at the same time… building a house of this size employs a whole lot of people, especially the artisans. The more rich people spend the less money they have in the bank, creating more jobs. I hope they all spend their money.

  9. BobN says

    If he’s looking for a family compound, I hear there’s a perfect one for him and the kids in Abbottabad. It’s on market and priced to move!

    More seriously, are all the kids homeless and in need of permanent digs? Too snooty to double/triple up on the holidays?

    Growing up non-Romney, the best part about family gatherings was the close quarters, especially for the kids. It was like camping, but indoors.

  10. gregory brown says

    This expanded cottage is actually modest for a man who fully expects to assume the position of a God in some later existence, on some other planet. And remember Billy Graham’s statement that “god doesn’t expect me to wear cheap suits”. Hubris is only for us lesser folks.

  11. say what says

    Wayne but in La Jolla

    That is the San Diego area barely a hop skip and a jump to the border. The workers will all be underpaid Mexican citizens.

    Anyway; romney needs to fire his handlers. Any decent campaign manager would have told Romney NO not now. Wait, after the election build a castle if you want but wait

  12. Alex says

    I have no problem with this. The size / cost of a candidate’s property is not in my top 100 voting criteria.

  13. says

    Ah, good old Mitt, when he’s not buying up companies so he can fire people and expand unemployment, he’s shouting, “Corporations are People!” to blue-collar workers, and tearing down houses to construct Millionaire Mormon Compounds to confirm (in case anyone didn’t get it already) how out of touch he is with most Americans. Excellent political instincts there, Mitty, keep it up (PLEASE!).

  14. Charlie-o says

    Excuse me, but Towleroad has an ad you can click on to donate to extremely homophobic Congressman Allen West. What gives? I thought it was a joke, before clicking on the link. THIS IS VERY UNCOOL! What the hell is happening?

  15. Jack says

    The ocean front property is on a beautiful street in a lovely neighborhood of graceful older homes, all in scale with each other. The size of the house being proposed will overwhelm the other houses in the immediate area, especially considering the size of the lot, unless most of it is built underground. (And, yes, building underground happens in La Jolla as well as in Del Mar and Coronado.) This is the mindset of someone who doesn’t have much consideration for his immediate neighbors (most of whom are probably all multimillionaires).

  16. Chris says

    I think this translates to he knows he is not going to win, but will gladly take all those donations and ride this money bomb wave as long as he can. He’s basically hoarding all this presidential run money for his own personal wealth.

    Side note: If I were married I would NOT want to live in my parents house no matter how large it was.

  17. Lis says

    I have seen quite a few houses get demolished with a new one built on top of it in my neighbourhood. I don’t see the big deal- just a higher price bracket.