Romney’s New Hampshire Mansion
I noted with some skepticism the YahooNews headline “N.H. home gives Romney an edge.” Reading the piece didn’t dissuade me:
The real estate adage “location, location, location” applies to politics as well, and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is playing that for all it’s worth.
The former Massachusetts governor has an 11-acre estate valued at more than $10 million on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, allowing him to portray himself to New Hampshire voters as one of them as he seeks to win the state’s first-in-the-nation primary.
Campaigning in Manchester last month, for example, Romney said a wind these days is persuading his wife to let him sleep with the windows open at their lakeside home. “This is something of a second home for us. … My wife and I were there last night. It’s one of those great nights. It was windy and cold, when my wife said, ‘OK, you can open the windows,'” Romney said. “But it was so windy and you could hear the water from the lake. It was cold in the morning, but it was worth it, I’ll tell you.”
So…he’s trying to prove to New Hampshirites that he shares their values because he has a $10 million third mansion in their state? Really?
The report gets there, eventually:
Set back a half-mile from the road and up a long and narrow driveway, the Romneys’ three-story estate is shielded from would-be gawkers. Romney bought most of the property in 1997 for less than $3 million from hotel executive and fellow Brigham Young University alumnus Butch Cash. Romney later bought another lot for about $85,000 to get a little extra room.
The main house — a 5,400-square-foot contemporary — has six bedrooms. A 2,700-square-foot boathouse sits on the 760 feet of lake frontage. Its 2,600-square-foot stable has been converted into a guest house.
I don’t begrudge Romney his lifestyle. He worked hard, built an incredibly successful business, and earned the money. But I’m not sure that reminding people that one of his mansions happens to be nearby helps connect him with the common man.