October 11th, 2013
05:43 PM ET
12 months ago

Mitt Romney gets his car elevator

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney cleared a final hurdle Friday in building a new house in California, a house that will include a four-car garage with an elevator for the vehicles.

Romney had already gotten zoning permission from the city of San Diego to demolish the 3,100 square foot home he owns in the La Jolla neighborhood and erect an 11,000 square foot mansion in its place. Plans for the home were put on hold until after the 2012 election.

A neighbor had appealed the city's decision to the California Coastal Commission. He argued in commission filings that the new home would have exceeded zoning limits that say square footage cannot exceed a certain calculation based on acreage of the plot of land the house sits on.

The Coastal Commission rejected that appeal Friday. Barring a lawsuit, construction can now move forward, according to commission spokesperson Sarah Christie.

Romney, the multimillionaire former governor of Massachusetts, drew significant heat from his opponents during the 2012 election for his wealth. They charged that Romney's estimated $250 million fortune put him out of touch with average Americans and a car elevator crystallized that message for many.

–CNN's Bryan Koenig and Chuck Johnston contributed to this report.


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soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. JRJ

    Absolutely a statement on America today.

    October 11, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. Derek

    Heaven forbid people who are extremely successful in life use the money they've earned.

    October 11, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. Ava

    Is this news? It's his money; he can do whatever he wants

    October 11, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. Golden Rule

    "The Coastal Commission rejected that appeal Friday." Imagine that. I'm sure Romney wasn't able to BUY his way around it.....

    October 11, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. Richard

    Wow, he's just like us!

    October 11, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. parkville jezzss airforce you

    HEARD ABOUT THESE RENEGADE NUCLEAR GENERALS? You should check out PARKVILLE MISSOURI just to see
    how all these things are bred on the internet and otherwise: a hotbed hidden in the "out of the way" MIDWEST....
    A very odd collection – like Ron Paul Snowdens and odd exchange student resumes... "its all in the training" –
    They train POLICE and FIRE > what a town: hidden from view of all of you. :)

    October 11, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. tbone

    I thought Romney was in France.. at the first signs of trouble.

    October 11, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. Scott

    How did the elevator crystallize the message during the '12 election if he just got it Friday? And did this really take 2 people to write? Typical product and slant, which is unfortunate as I grew up watching CNN.

    October 11, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. ShirleyAnne

    I am from Canada Mitt however was cheering for you all the way. The government would not be where it is today had you been voted in. Too bad the Democrats withheld the knowledge they had on Bengazhi and the top military man that was having an affair – Everything would have changed. I really wish you would try for President one more time. Remember it is Strike 3 and you are out – not Strike 2.

    October 11, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. liberal disease

    so george clooney has 4 houses big deal

    October 11, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. jack

    Who needs a car elevator and for what? So he can drive it through his second floor living room?

    October 11, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  12. LouAZ

    Let's be honest, Mitt Romney - and many of his supporters - were born on third base and think they hit a triple. – Robert Creamer

    October 11, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. Eric

    Well, I know at least two people who think Romney is 'out of touch': CNN's Bryan Koenig and Chuck Johnston

    October 11, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  14. yep

    La Jolla is on a cliff – this building is going in the drink!

    October 11, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  15. wehavefreshcookies

    I can't fault him for a car elevator. If I had the money, I would have one too...

    October 11, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  16. cccynic

    For crying out loud...he can't drive the car up the stairs.

    October 11, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  17. Janaki

    He is living in his own world not bothering about anything else..

    October 11, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    This is the guy who tried in vain to convince us that he is "just one of us." Wonder why that didn't go over?

    October 11, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  19. seahorseokie

    Mitt the Twitt is pathetic, good thing he did not make President as he is out of tune with the world!!!

    October 11, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  20. dotdashx4

    Disgruntled neighbor doesn't have as much wheel grease as Romney when it comes to zoning.

    October 11, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. dotdashx4

    Disgruntled neighbor doesn't have as much wheel grease as Romney when it comes to matters like zoning.

    October 11, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  22. Col B

    "Out of touch with average Americans?" Pelosi and her husband are BILLIONAIRES! Of course we all know she really is out of touch.

    October 11, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  23. Gaurav

    Money can work wonders.

    October 11, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Why do the editors consider this to be "news"? I trimmed the shrubs in my yard and mowed my grass yesterday. "Stop the presses!"

    October 11, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  25. chris

    Scary this out of touch politician could have been president.... scary.

    October 11, 2013 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
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