Mitt Romney: My 3,000-Square-Foot House Is Too Small


Mitt Romney is looking to quadruple the size of his $12 million California home, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The GOP presidential candidate has filed an application with the San Diego government to bulldoze the 3,009-square-foot beachfront house in La Jolla and replace it with a 11,062-square-foot property.

According to a campaign official, "They want to enlarge their two-bedroom home because with five married sons and 16 grandchildren it is inadequate for their needs." In addition to the California house and a townhouse outside of Boston, which is their official primary residence, the Romneys own a $10 million vacation home on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H.

In 2009, they sold for $3.5 million the 6,400-square-foot colonial in Belmont, Mass., where they raised their five sons, and their 9,500-square-foot Deer Valley, Utah, ski lodge for close to $5.25 million.

Romney purchased the La Jolla property three years ago. "I wanted to be where I could hear the waves," Romney told reporters at a book-signing in California last year. "As a boy we spent summers on Lake Huron and I could hear the crashing waves at night. It was one of my favorite things in the world; being near the water and the waves was something I very badly wanted to experience again."

The Romney campaign said that construction on the new home will not begin until after his campaign is over.

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