One potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate is on the move.
Even though the newly elected Democratic governor of California was just sworn into office and moved into the historic governor’s mansion just a couple of weeks ago, he and his family are already planning on moving out of that home for another in a wealthy neighborhood outside of the capital city of Sacramento.
Out the door
Gov. Gavin Newsom, wife Jennifer Seibel Newsom, and their four children, plus pets, will soon vacate the nearly 150-year-old governor’s mansion in the heart of the capital city’s downtown — first built in 1877 — for a $3.7 million six-bedroom estate in the upscale Fair Oaks neighborhood outside of Sacramento.
Nathan Click, spokesman for the governor, said in a statement that the family is making the move for their children.
“The Newsom family has purchased a more kid-friendly house in the Sacramento area, and it’s currently being renovated,” Click said.
He added: “They will move their four kids, two dogs and bunny rabbit in a few months and open up the magnificently-renovated historic Governor’s Mansion for public events and state business. They love being a permanent part of the Sacramento community and are excited about living, working and raising a family here.”
Newly purchase home for the governor
The L.A. Times reported that the new home was purchased in mid-December, though it initially wasn’t clear who had made the purchase, as ownership was shielded by a limited liability corporation.
The Mediterranean-style 12,000-square foot home sits on a 6.72-acre lot and features a separate guest house, pool, spa, tennis courts, cathedral ceilings, finished basement, and wine cellar.
It will be quite an upgrade over their previous Bay Area home — Newsom previously served as mayor of San Francisco — which was a 4,000-square foot home in Marin County.
That house has been listed as worth $3.7 million.
The historic governor’s mansion
Meanwhile, there have been some rumors that Newsom may decide to throw his hat into the ring and make a run at the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination. While his spokesman has denied these rumors, Facebook ads have ramped up for the governor in key national election swing states, furthering speculation.
As for the governor’s mansion, the Newsoms just moved into that historic home on Jan. 7, and plan to reside there only until renovations on the new home in Fair Oaks are completed.
That mansion — which has served as a home to 14 different California governors over its existence — was recently renovated and updated in 2015 for $4.1 million, at which point former Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife had moved into it.
Prior to that, former Gov. Ronald Reagan had been the last to live there briefly, before he and wife Nancy decided to vacate the increasingly old and dilapidated “fire trap.”
Gov. Newsom just took charge of the state of California, but he won’t be governing from the historic governor’s mansion for very long, as he instead intends to raise his family in a more “kid-friendly” home in an ultra-wealthy neighborhood outside of the city.
How that move goes over with the average voter who doesn’t have access to such luxuries ahead of 2020 remains to be seen.