Wednesday, March 2, 2016

What homes do the presidential candidates own?

With the Presidential race heating up into one of the most newsworthy and contentious elections in American history, there is much fact checking into candidates’ backgrounds and how they live as much as their political views. So we decided to take a look at the personal residences each of the Presidential candidates live in and own. Can you tell a lot about their politics, values, and economic views just be seeing where they live?  We’ll let you be the judge after seeing these houses that belong to the candidates – one of whom will be the next President of the United States.

Senator Hillary Clinton (Democrat)
Sen. Clinton and of course her former-President husband, Bill, own several palatial properties.

15 Old House Lane
Chappaqua, New York
Located in the sleepy and scenic town of Chappaqua in upstate New York, the Clinton’s five-bedroom, four-bathroom Dutch colonial home is a piece of American history itself. In fact, the Westchester County home was built in 1889, though the interior was modernized and updated several times, with a roomy 5,232 square feet of living space. The Clintons first bought the home in 1999 for $1.7 million, and now the market value is estimated at well over $2.3 million.

3067 Whitehaven St.
Washington, D.C.
Almost every Senator and major politician keeps a residence in Washington, D.C., and the Clintons are no exception. Often just referred to as ‘Whitehaven,” this charming brick-faced home has four bedrooms six full bathrooms, two half-baths, and 5,152 square feet of living space over two stories. It was built in 1951 near Washington’s famed Embassy Row, but the Clintons didn’t own the keys until 2001, when they purchased it for $2.85 million, though it has an estimated property value of almost $6 million now.

Senator Bernie Sanders (Democrat)
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Sanders has made his home in the northeast state of Vermont for many years, and is now a Junior Senator who caught a lot of wind in his sails over the last year as a Democratic presidential nominee hopeful. Sanders and his wife, Jane O’Meara, own two homes:

Burlington, Vermont
Nestled in wooded, suburban, (and liberal!) Chittenden County, this four-bedroom, 2 ½ bath colonial-style home was built in 1981. Sanders bought it in 2009 for $405,000 while serving as Mayor of Burlington.

Washington, D.C.
Sanders work abode for frequent trips south to Washington is a brick townhouse with 892-square feet of living space, only one bedroom, and 1-½ bathrooms. Despite the modest size, this townhouse was built in 1890 and cost Sanders $488,999 when he purchased it in 2007 – still a reasonable sum in pricey Washington, D.C.

How about the Red side of the ticket, where the Republicans are narrowing down the field from a whopping 17 presidential hopefuls less than six months ago? With apologies to Ben Carson and John Kasich, I’ll cover the properties owned by Marco Ted Cruz and of course Mr. Real Estate Mogul himself, Donald Trump.

Senator Marco Rubio (Republican)
West Miami, Florida
Rubio, a Senator from the sunny state of Florida, lives in this understated family home with his wife, Jeanette, and their four children. The home was built in 2005 and has 2,581 square feet of living area with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The Rubios also enjoy outdoor living spaces like a porch, a back brick patio, and a swimming pool. Marco and co. bought the home new for $550,000. They reportedly tried to sell it in 2013, but after it didn’t sell at a list price of $675,000, they decided to keep it. Today, the estimated worth is around $567,749 but the Rubios refinanced for a mortgage of $604000 – meaning they are probably underwater on the property.

Senator Ted Cruz (Republican)
Houston, Texas
The junior senator from Texas lives in this 2003-built luxury condominium in a high rise in downtown Houston that offers a terrific 19th floor view of the city skyline. With 2,049 square feet, two bedrooms and 2 ½ baths and plenty of luxury amenities, the Junior Senator and his wife, Heidi, enjoy cosmopolitan city living. And even though the price tag - $837,500 when they bought it in 2008 – is high for Texas, The Cruz’s reportedly refinanced to a $417,000 loan in 2011, meaning they are well on their way to paying off their loan and owning the home outright – if they don’t move to Washington, first.

Donald Trump (Republican)
New York City, New York
Maybe this would be a good time to take a quick bathroom break and come back with some snacks, because The Donald has a list of personal properties almost as long as his acerbic debate highlights.

Trump Towers Penthouse
725 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Donald and his wide, Melania, spend most of their time at their personal residence and offices occupying the top three floors of the iconic Trump Towers in Manhattan. Designed by Angelo Donghia in a style to match King Louis XiV’s Palace of Versailles, the home is decked out in 24-karat gold accents, prominent marble facades, encrusted diamond fixtures, a signature ceiling mural, massive columns, and crustal chandeliers. But Trump doesn’t own the building and the penthouse outright, still holding a $100 million mortgage on the property.

Trump Parc and Trump Park Ave.
Central Park South and Park Street, Manhattan
In case Trump is feeling a little cramped an restless in the top three floors of the Trump Towers, he still owns about 40 high-end apartments in the Trump Parc building at 106 Central Park South and Trump Park Avenue at 502 Park. He sold most of the units over the years but still keeps those 40 either for rentals (some of which bring in $100,000 a month in rent each!) or as a place to live for his daughter, Ivanka, along with her husband and two children.

Palm Beach, Florida
Outside of Manhattan, the jewel of the Trump empire is Mar-A-Lago in elegant and beautiful Palm Beach. Trump bought the 17-acre, 126-room, 110,000-square foot estate for only $10 million in 1985, and started a huge renovation. It now has 58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, a 20,000-square-foot ballroom, a 29-foot long marble dining table…and even three bomb shelters. Maybe those will come in handy for Presidential security?

By the way, Mar-A-Lago is thought to be worth well over $250 million – which almost rivals the $317 million appraisal of the White House in the nation’s capital.

Seven Springs
Bedford, New York
Trumps’ summer retreat in Bedford, New York is still no cabin in the woods. Seven Springs has 60 rooms, 15 bedrooms, two servants wings, three swimming pools, and a bowling alley on 230 scenic acres of land. Trump originally bought Seven Springs for $7.5 million in 1996 with the intent of turning it into a golf course, but eventually abandoned that plan, and now uses it as a place for hunting, fishing, and ATV riding.

The Rodeo Drive Mansion
Beverly Hills, California
Of course Trump needs a west coast home for when he’s in California, and this six-bedroom, five-bathroom Colonial mansion fits the bill. The property on famous Rodeo Drive also has a tennis court, spa, pool, library, and full media room.

The Kluge Estate
Trump Vineyard Estates in Charlottesville, Virginia is owned by – whom else – Donald Trump. With 20,000 rolling acres, the 23,00 square foot mansion and vineyard and winery is almost unnoticeable as you fly over head on your private Trump jet. In a shrewd business strategy (at best), Trump bought pieces of land in the front and back “yards” of the mansion from the bank first, then allowed the grounds to become completely overgrown and posted “No Trespassing” signs all over to scare away potential buyers, driving down the price until he bought it for pennies on the dollar.


But no matter which Presidential candidate we're looking at, they all hope to move into this house at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C. come January 2017.


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