Romney: I’m Only Doubling Size of Home

Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 04:42 PM

By Martin Gould

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Multimillionaire presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has hit back at criticism that he is quadrupling the size of his beachfront California home. It’s not true, he says — the living space will only be doubled.

The former Massachusetts governor clarified the situation after getting slammed for being out of touch, going for the massive renovation work at the same time he is asking for votes from Americans hit hard by the recession.

Romney told New Hampshire Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid that the quadrupling figure came because he also plans to expand “nonliving space” including a basement and garage.

Romney says he will not begin work on the home in the ritzy San Diego suburb of La Jolla until after the campaign is finished. He says he wants to enlarge the two-bedroom home “because with five married sons and 16 grandchildren it is inadequate.”

According to The Hill, the La Jolla home is one of three that Romney owns. He also has a townhouse near Boston and a summer home in Wolfeboro, N.H. He recently sold a 9,500 sq. ft. lodge near Park City, Utah and a 6,500 sq. ft. home in Belmont, Mass. The two sales reaped him a combined $8.75 million.

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