Mitt in Manhattan: 10 New York Homes Perfect for the Romney Clan

  • With the damning revelation that Mitt Romney wants to remodel his La Jolla beach house to include an elevator for cars and an underground lair to rival Dr. No, the presidential candidate will once again have to account for the fact he has a vast fortune and many lavish possessions.

    While the question of whether or not Mr. Romney’s riches will come between him, the people and the presidency remains to be seen, The Observer couldn’t help wondering why Mr. Romney, who has six houses (and unlike John McCain, can remember them all), does not own that real estate crown jewel—a pied-à-terre in New York.

    So we’ve taken the liberty (no commission necessary!) of putting together a portfolio of potential New York pads for the presidential contender.

    kvelsey@observer.com

  • An apartment at 200 11th Avenue in West Chelsea come with the amenity Romney has decided he cannot live without: an en-suite sky garage (a.k.a. an elevator for your car). It's no longer listed, but the $12.5 million, three-bedroom penthouse has not yet sold, so it would be perfect. At 3,248 square feet, it is almost as big as Governor Romney's new underground addition in San Diego.

  • Former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller once lived in this $27.5 million co-op on Fifth Avenue. We doubt Romney would be interested in playing second fiddle to the president, but he seems to be following in Rockefeller's footsteps in other ways...

  • If Mr. Romney would prefer a more suburban feel in the five boroughs, this might just be the perfect home. It's not as good as Pennsylvania Avenue address, but Independence Avenue, the street where this $6 million free-standing house in Riverdale is located, has a nice ring. Also, the place definitely has a presidential look, starting with that white exterior.

  • Assuming Mitt Romney cannot win the White House, he would feel right at home in Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Tribeca townhouse, which once welcomed perhaps the most disgraced politician since Caesar.

  • This $4.5 million Chelsea penthouse with a magnificent rooftop garden has the kind of lush landscaping that Romney loves. He'll just need to make sure all his landscapers are legal this time.

  • Since Romney is trying to renovate his San Diego beach house to include a 3,600-square foot basement, we think he'll like this $16.7 Chelsea townhouse. It includes a full-height 1,600-sq.ft. cellar with skylights and an oversized, 8-person elevator, plenty of room for a Secret Service detail.

  • Not only does this $35.7 million condo take up the entire 14th floor of the West Village building, but 400 West 12th Street also has a pet spa that could help Mitt Romney score some points with animal lovers—a constituency that hasn't exactly been his biggest fans with that dog-on-the-roof thing.

  • Given his taste for waterfront homes, this $4.6 million Belle Harbor house on Rockaway Beach may appeal to Mr. Romney. It's more low-profile style than he's used to, but could him connect to middle-class voters.

  • Hell's Kitchen may not be the neighborhood of choice for a Mormon, but not only does MiMA on West 42nd Street have a pool and a roof deck, part of an acre of amenities, but the building is also owned by big Romney backer Stephen Ross. Also, since it's a rental, Romney won't have to pay the political price for owning yet another home.

  • While One57's $110 million glass-walled penthouse may be a little steep even for Romney, we're sure the candidate who responded to a question from Fox New's Megyn Kelly with "Guess what? I made a lot of money," could afford something else in the building.

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