The homes of the GOP contenders

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By Zillow

After months of hitting the campaign trail, the Republican candidates hoping to win their party's nomination for the 2012 presidential election have been spending most of their time in planes, trains and automobiles. Home, sweet, home has been a dizzying series of hotel rooms.

But out there somewhere, each of these politicians actually does have a domestic domicile where there are no corn dogs to eat, no stranger's babies to hold and no stray swarms of supporters to glad-hand.
As the GOP primary season cranks into high gear, we're taking a look at the homes these candidates want to trade in for the big white one at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Newt Gingrich




The former House speaker was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Georgia and served as a U.S. Congressman from the Peach State, but he now calls McLean, Va., home. After his resignation as speaker in 1998, Gingrich's aspirations to transform the nation, as outlined in his 1994 "Contract With America," were short-circuited. Now, however, the 68-year-old author is taking no prisoners as he tries to leap-frog over Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum for a shot at the GOP nomination.
Gingrich purchased his home (above) in McLean in 2000 for $995,000. The 5-bedroom, 5-bath home has 5,206 square feet of living space. The Colonial-style home was built in 1987. Only 10 miles from the White House, McLean is a critical suburban outpost for the Beltway political crowd.

Jon Huntsman




The two-term governor of Utah has spent time in Washington D.C. in diplomatic positions during George W. Bush's presidency and as an ambassador to China under President Barack Obama. Huntsman currently calls the nation's capital his home, residing in a Federal-style home since 2010.
The 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath brick house is in the heart of the politician-stacked Kalorama neighborhood. Built in 1911, the 5,119-square-foot home housed the seventh season cast of "Top Chef" prior to Huntsman and his family moving in.
Ron Paul


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During his 20-year service in Congress, Rep. Ron Paul established himself as one of the country's leading libertarians. The prophet of self-rule and minimal government is making his third bid for the presidency.
At 76, Paul has been successful in rallying younger voters seeking a leader who promises to alter the political structure of the country. And true to the profile of a man who advocates people doing things for themselves — in politics or elsewhere — it's not surprising to find that Paul is trying to sell his house via the Internet without a real estate agent or broker.
The Lake Jackson, TX home is priced at $325,000 and has 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and 5,500 square feet of living space.
Rick Perry


Gov. Rick Perry is the longest-serving top leader of Texas ever, but now he wants to break out of the Lone Star State, just like his former boss, George W. Bush, under whom Perry served as lieutenant governor.
Perry currently calls the Texas Governor's Mansion home, but during the mansion restoration in 2007, Perry and his wife rented a $9,900-a-month home in the state capital of Austin that "raised some eyebrows," according to the Associated Press. The secluded estate sits on 3.25 acres and includes high-end amenities like Sub-Zero appliances and gourmet kitchen with marble and granite countertops, outdoor kitchen and pecan hardwood floors.
Mitt Romney


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The former Massachusetts governor is hoping that his 2008 failure to secure the GOP nomination will turn into a presidential election win in 2012. He's running as a non-politician, calling himself a businessman who can turn the wheels of the U.S. economy. As the wealthiest of the candidates with an estimated net worth between $190 million and $250 million, it's clear Romney knows how to spur his own economic recovery.
Out of the slew of GOP candidates, Romney also owns the most real estate, although he has downsized in the last few years. He currently owns a townhouse in Boston, as well as a beachfront home in La Jolla, Calif., which he bought in 2008 for $12 million. Romney applied for a permit to expand his beachfront La Jolla home in 2011 and will reportedly begin construction when his presidential campaign is finished.
Rick Santorum


Former two-term Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum lost his seat to Democrat Bob Casey in 2006, but he proved that his governmental connections were good for business in his years as a Philadelphia Inquirer writer, Fox News commentator and conservative think-tank leader.
In 2007, after much controversy about whether he and his large family actually resided in Pennsylvania during his Senate terms, Santorum bought a yellow Colonial-style home in Great Falls, Va., for $2 million in 2007. The 4-bedroom, 5-bath home sits on five acres and includes a cobbled drive and heated pool.
 

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Ron Paul's is the only one that looks like one a normal person would live in.

Rick Perry's looks like it is itching for an ATF/FBI raid a la Waco.
 

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OMG, Ron Paul has the same backyard as my parents.....a couple of retired state employees, one a cop the other a DMV clerk.
 

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Ron Paul's is the only one that looks like one a normal person would live in.
My first thought as well and I expected as such from the only honest man in the race.

In fact, it kind of looks like Walter White's house.

 

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Wow. The power of a bad photo is amazing.

Ron Paul's house is just as big as the rest.
 

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Wow. The power of a bad photo is amazing.

Ron Paul's house is just as big as the rest.
The Lake Jackson, TX home is priced at $325,000 and has 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and 5,500 square feet of living space.
It's high-end suburban property, sure, but it aint' no mansion.
 

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Wow. The power of a bad photo is amazing.

Ron Paul's house is just as big as the rest.
It's not about the living space. It's about the actual house. The others are mansions. Clearly, bad photo or not, Ron's house is not a mansion. It's a regular house that you or I would live in. That's the point. There's no way that you or I could afford any of the other houses. That's the point./
 

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Of course, what the biased pro-Ron Paul media :icon_cool conveniently leave out is the fact that Paul has already built a much larger home...which is the reason why he came up with this gimmick, err, this attempt to sell his old home on Facebook for 325,000 and promote the hell out of it.

Odd how after 7 months, a Paul-ite out there has yet to purchase this 5,500 sq ft ranch for $325K. That's right...there's alot more house than what this picture shows...5,500 sq ft more. Almost 3 times the size of my house...and I'm in a 2 story home...must be all spread out I'm sure. Looks like we only get shots of the backyard...though I did see one of the front.

BTW, I can't find any new pics of the new Ron Paul estate...anyone find them?
 

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Of course, what the biased pro-Ron Paul media :icon_cool conveniently leave out is the fact that Paul has already built a much larger home...which is the reason why he came up with this gimmick, err, this attempt to sell his old home on Facebook for 325,000 and promote the hell out of it.

Odd how after 7 months, a Paul-ite out there has yet to purchase this 5,500 sq ft ranch for $325K. That's right...there's alot more house than what this picture shows...5,500 sq ft more. Almost 3 times the size of my house...and I'm in a 2 story home...must be all spread out I'm sure.

BTW, I can't find any new pics of the new Ron Paul estate...anyone find them?
Well, I can tell you this... you won't find it in Hymietown.
 

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What I don't understand is why their homes are even worth mentioning. We get it, only rich people usually run for POTUS, and rich are pretty notorious for buying nice homes. This is a non story, designed to whip the class warfare sheep into a frenzy.

If I had the money these guys do, my house would be VULGAR. I'd have a two story garage filled with toys, cars and other assorted rich guy stuff. My house itself would contain a huge theater room, an indoor swimming pool with a projection type TV setup so I could sit in my pool and watching Scarface and scream in a horrible Cuban accent to one of my maids to bring me another drink. My wife would have walk in closet that is bigger then most of you ham and eggers entire homes. I would have a jerk off room that plays 24/7 3D porn, complete with a whale based lubricant and a silk tissue dispenser. My kitchen would be granite everything, and I would have multiple fish tanks set up with all sorts of yummies like lobsters and giant shrimp. My den would contain a collection of really expensive old guns. I would have a private airstrip out back with a hanger containing my private helicopter and jet.

Again, what a rich person does with their money is nobody's business. They earned it, let them spend it.
 

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Wow. The power of a bad photo is amazing.

Ron Paul's house is just as big as the rest.
BTW, I can't find any new pics of the new Ron Paul estate...anyone find them?
Yup.



And those trees on the left are conveniently blocking what looks like even more property.
 

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Yup.



And those trees on the left are conveniently blocking what looks like even more property.
I don't think that's the new Paul Estate :icon_cool though. That's actually a pic of the 5,500 sq ft ranch he has allegedly been trying to sell on Facebook for $325K. Looks like a real steal at that price, huh? Blacks must live close by in the neighborhood. :)

Still no pics of the new, much larger place though.
 

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I don't think that's the new Paul Estate :icon_cool though. That's actually a pic of the 5,500 sq ft ranch he has allegedly been trying to sell on Facebook for $325K. Looks like a real steal, huh?

Still no pics of the new, much larger place though.
Oh, I misunderstood you. I went looking for a picture of this house that was comparable to those other ones and this is what I found. If that picture were in the original article, it would have looked right at home (meh meh) with those others.
 

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Oh, I misunderstood you. I went looking for a picture of this house that was comparable to those other ones and this is what I found. If that picture were in the original article, it would have looked right at home (meh meh) with those others.
Damn biased Paul-ites infiltrating the media. ;)

With regards to the new property:

Paul's spokesman Jesse Benton said the congressman and his wife recently built a house. Thanksgiving dinner at the Paul household was a little cramped last year, boasting 42 people at the table. Carol Paul wanted a house with enough room to fit the five children, 18 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and spouses.
Wow...if that house wasn't big enough...can't imagine how big the new one is.

Still wondering why no one bothered to get in on that steal at $325K for that 5,500 sq ft home...10 mins from the beach.

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Is this it?
Had to hover over the pic to get the file name. :)
 

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5,000 square feet is 5,000 square feet. The reason Paul's house costs less is because it's not in Northern Virginia. Nothing more, nothing less. I say good for all of these guys for having nice homes.
 

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Again, what a rich person does with their money is nobody's business. They earned it, let them spend it.
I say good for all of these guys for having nice homes.
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Even if you sell out your country to the highest bidder for that nice home. Obama had a million dollar home in Chicago when he was a community organizer, good for him. I'm sure Al Sharpton has a nice house, good for him. Al Gore has 7 mansions and tells people the world will end if we don't buy his carbon credits, good for him. I'm sure the COE's and bankers that got billion dollar raises thanks to tax payer bailouts have really nice homes, good for them.....
 

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What I don't understand is why their homes are even worth mentioning.
Because the article is by Zillow. They are a real estate website. What better way to drive traffic to your site than creating a non-story by showing off the real estate of people currently in the news?