Homes of Vice Presidents and a VP Nominee
As the election season rolls into its final month, we’re taking a break from looking at the presidents’ collection of real estate and checking out the vice presidents’ places.
During their elected tenure, vice presidents live at Number One Observatory Circle on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory (USNO), a 19th-century home that first housed the superintendent of the USNO and then the chief of naval operations until the 1970s.
But before they moved into the fancy digs in Washington, DC, they hailed from a variety of homes scattered across the country.
Gerald Ford’s vice president, Nelson Rockefeller — yes of that family — never lived in the vice president’s home but used it for entertaining. His primary residence outside D.C. was three floors in a 5th Avenue apartment. When he and his first wife Mary divorced, Rockefeller gave the top two floors to her and kept the bottom for himself.
Rockefeller’s enormous co-op at 810 5th Ave #12, New York, NY 10065 is currently on the Manhattan market for $27.5 million. The 2-bed, 3-bath home has views of Central Park and includes a formal dining room, library with full bath, two-room master suite and staff residences.
The vice president under President George H. W. Bush was born in Indiana but currently lives in Paradise Valley, where he attended middle and high school.
The Phoenix suburb is known for its population of celebs; Stevie Nicks and Mike Tyson have also owned homes there.
The 44th V.P.’s home is on a cul-de-sac in an affluent part of town. The 5,758-square-foot Southwestern-style home has 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.
Bill Clinton’s second-in-command and the onetime presidential candidate owns several homes across the country but currently spends most of his time at his Nashville home.
When he first bought the property in 2002 with his estranged wife, Tipper, the green advocate came under fire for the spacious home, which uses up more energy than the average American home, according to a study. A spokeswoman for the Gores at the time explained that he purchased enough “green power” sources such as solar, wind and methane gas, to offset 100 percent of the home’s electricity costs.
The home now is outfitted with solar panels on the roof and undoubtedly has a host of more green features inside.
Gore bought the home in 2002 for $2.3 million, according to property records. Sitting on 2 acres, the home has 5 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms.
The current VP hails from Delaware, where he owns a 1,803-square-foot, traditional-style home in Wilmington. According to property records, Biden and his wife, Jill, purchased the home in 1996 for $350,000. The home sits on a 4-acre lot next to a small lake and has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths.
Although Biden was a senator from 1972 until his election as President Barack Obama’s vice president, he has long commuted the one and a half hours to D.C. by train.
Mitt Romney’s running mate hails from Janesville, WI. and currently serves as the congressman from that district.
According to the NY Times, the Republican bought his home for $421,000 in 2010. According to the same story, the house was once the home of George S. Parker, the heir of Parker Pen, a pen manufacturer that shuttered its plant in Janesville in 1999. When the Ryans bought the home, it had been abandoned for several years, and Ryan and his wife, Janna, renovated the home, doing most of the work.
In the Google street view, there’s an image of a man painting the front pillars of the Georgian-style home. Perhaps it’s Ryan himself?