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Reagan’s swanky midcentury
house goes on the market

Yahoo! Homes, by Jennifer Karmon

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 1/4/2013 7:17:04 AM

The odds of you living in the White House are rather slim, especially if your last name isn´t Bush, Clinton or Obama. But that doesn´t mean you can´t live in the home of a former president -- provided you have around $5 million to spare. (Snip) The home was given to Ronald Reagan by General Electric, according to CNN Money. Reagan hosted "The General Electric Theater" anthology TV series in the 1950s, and it was such a success that the good folks at GE gave the Gipper a swanky pad as a way of saying thanks. ABC News reports

I remember he once quipped: ´´Everything is electric, except the chairs´´


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/4/2013 7:23:40 AM     (No. 9097805)

I hope a decent preservationist buys it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: berthabutt, 1/4/2013 7:37:36 AM     (No. 9097823)

Rush or Beck should snap it up!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ebgodard, 1/4/2013 7:48:06 AM     (No. 9097845)

A leftie probably owns it and has doubled the asking price by playing the Reagan card. This is not the Reagan ranch that he used as the western WH. But no matter. Details, details.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: LadyVet, 1/4/2013 8:32:08 AM     (No. 9097925)

Swanky? This appears to be quite modest by Obama and Al Gore standards. Compare this to the "estate" house that Obama is staying at in Hawaii.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 1/4/2013 8:59:24 AM     (No. 9097991)

I love the homes from this era. There is a great blog, retro renovations, where people with these homes try to preserve them.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 1/4/2013 9:09:39 AM     (No. 9098024)

We were on vacay in CA a few years ago and on a celebrity tour drove by the Reagan home, the last one he lived in, and I don´t think this is the one. It had lots of trees and was surrounded by a high fence and gate, also you could see it was protected by the Secret Service. Also saw OJ´s home that day and what a shocker that it wasn´t that much of an ´estate´ and if he chipped golf balls in the yard, I wonder why his neighbors didn´t get their windows broken. The street where you saw the limo parked by the gate was narrower than our street in MO.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/4/2013 9:24:38 AM     (No. 9098065)

So, the Reagan´s house is "swanky"..is the Obama Home a ghetto? The Obama vacation house a slum?
Ms. Karmon exposed herself.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 1/4/2013 9:26:17 AM     (No. 9098071)

it´s a nice enough house, but I´ve seen better on HGTV. Hilary would gut it and David would list it. Drew and Jonathan would be ripping up that wall-to-wall and definitely do something with the kitchen.

The views are lovely, tho. Location, location, location...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jorgecito, 1/4/2013 10:06:16 AM     (No. 9098157)

Nice views, yes. Ugly, cold, cavernous interior, influenced by those overrated poseurs, Frank Lloyd Wright and Bauhaus? That too. (Btw, that sterile-looking kitchen is most likely 21st century.)

But as a preservationist myself, I agree that "mid-century" architecture is worthy of preservation ... well, some of it. Certainly any home of President Reagan is worth preserving.

I wonder if Reagan had much input into the design? Article indicates it was a gift to Reagan from GE, long before Reagan began his political activity.

Reminds me of a gift of a Victorian mansion to Ulysses S. Grant, from the grateful folks of Galena, Illinois. Grant was gracious enough to accept the house, but chose not to live in it.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/4/2013 10:37:36 AM     (No. 9098233)

I wonder if Jennifer thinks that the Clinton cottage in Chappaqua is "swanky".

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Reply 11 - Posted by: gagolfer, 1/4/2013 11:00:45 AM     (No. 9098300)

I wonder how long the Reagans actually lived there? This is not the gorgeous home they considered their CA home along with the Western WH ranch when he was President. The location and land is what is worth the 5 mil and whoever buys it probably will evntually gut or demolish the house itself.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: NYbob, 1/4/2013 2:23:32 PM     (No. 9098648)

This is missing the real story about Ronald Reagan´s house/homes. The ones where he grew up under tough conditions that today´s ´leaders´ have no clue about. Do a search and you will find a story about a run down apartment as reported in the Huffington post, but avoid the comments or you will see the dark, seething hate that is the ascending left in Amerika today.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Penney, 1/4/2013 3:12:17 PM     (No. 9098718)

The dems hate the concept of merit and their lefty media now never misses an opportuntiy to slam achievers. Nevertheless, Pres. Reagan remains a timeless role model of excellence for the ages and his written words of Wisdom are thankfully preserved for all who cherish the freedoms inherent within each individual. Reagan´s words speak for themselves.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: KTWO, 1/4/2013 3:42:27 PM     (No. 9098757)

´swanky´ isn´t the word I would use. OTOH I don´t see why it should draw contempt.

It is just a nice house in a style popular at the time.

GE reportedly made it as advanced as possible. Most of that electrical gadgetry will be obsolete. We might laugh at some.

Tastes really do change. The people who designed it, decorated it, and those lived in it were no more inept or foolish than we will seem in 2070.

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