Senator Mitt Romney is selling California Beach House for $23.5 million

US Senator Mitt Romney has sold his beachfront villa in La Jolla, California in an eight-figure deal that was first announced virtually.

The Utah Republican and former Massachusetts governor raised $23.5 million in an apparent off-market deal for the property, according to documents filed with San Diego County on June 30.

During a virtual infrastructure chat last month, the senator noted that he sold the California home and “the movers gutted everything but that bed,” according to The Salt Lake Grandstandwhich announced the sale for the first time.

Given the low-key nature of the transaction, little information is publicly available about the beachfront or its amenities. Though aerial images show the walled, Mediterranean-style property includes a pool and hot tub in an interior courtyard and a separate beach-side courtyard.

The house is right on the beach.

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Mr. Romney, 74, and his wife, Ann, bought the property in 2008 for $12 million and demolished an existing three-bedroom house on the narrow lot, property records show.

the contentious building of replacement ownership earned Romney a slew of negative press as well as derision from fellow candidates during his 2012 presidential run, which was largely centered on the project. installation of a car lift.

Planning documents revealed at the time designed plans for a home over 11,000 square feet with a library, exercise room, recreation room, and room for beach gear.

The house was sold to a scientist and venture capitalist, who could not be reached for comment.

A request for comment sent to Mr. Romney’s office was not immediately returned.

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