October 11th, 2013
05:43 PM ET
9 years 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. hinchlnt

    I am so so umimpressed. Why can't he building an elevator so huge, an entire jumbo jet can be lifted up to the runway ... kinda like an air craft carrier. I am also angry about how all the little people keep yammering about theri lowly minimum wage. We need to have a maximum wage instead ... of exactly nothing. 100% mandatory employment at no pay. If you seem to productive, to be ambitious ... then you would be valuable. And whoever owns you ... could take you to an auction and bit you up ... make a profit out of you, a "Christian" profit I might add.

    October 11, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. Subramanian Venkatraman

    It is nothing unusual. An Indian cinema star Hrithik Roshan has included a car lift exclusively to his 11th/12th floor apartment in Mumbai. He will also have an all weather swimming pool in the 11th floor.

    October 11, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Eagle0432

    While the liberals mocked the elevator they forgot to ridicule the company and the workers who manufactured the elevator, the contractors who will earn money installing it, the repairmen who will earn money repairing and maintaining it. No, let's just close the plant that makes the elevators and fire all the people involved in making the parts, repairing and maintaining the unit so the libs can feel better about themselves. They will feel better when these workers end up on the government dole.

    October 11, 2013 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. kerfluffle

    So long as it has clearance for the roof-mounted dog crate!

    October 11, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Anonymous


    October 11, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. EddyL

    Money buys all......

    October 11, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. Terry Midkiff

    Hilarious. You're "network" is pathetic. Its pseudo journalism. Floods, natural disasters etc. How many times do you air fluffy psychoogical puff pieces al a cotton candy for the mind instead of talking about actual things.
    (An hour later, "your comment is awaiting moderation"
    "CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. " whatever CNN. ONN is more like it.

    October 11, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. in peace

    An elevator, that.s just gross, a disgusting waste let alone the waste of a 11,000. sq ft home. I do not care how many millions of grand kids hes got. Shame on you Mitt.

    October 11, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. James P. Barber

    Just a common republican male. Does the elevator reach the top floor. Hope he doesn't forget to take the dog off the top.

    October 11, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Sorkh Razil

    If Obama had a house like this no one would object!

    October 11, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Andrew C

    How is this news?

    October 11, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. angriono124

    Good for him. I think it's awesome.

    It's unfortunate that people have become so vile towards others who've been successful with money. I hope he will enjoy his new home, though there's little doubt as La Jolla is quite nice!

    October 11, 2013 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. Grandy

    That's definitely the garage for the 1%. Im sure Mitt will have lots of time to play upsie-downsie in his garage since Ryan looks like the Koch brothers intend to make him the 2016 GOP candidate by having him blow into D.C. and magically break the budget stalemate with president Obama. So obvious

    October 11, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. bailee

    Any chance Mitt could pay the interest due on our notes with China??? Afterall, a good majority of that interest is paid on two wars that should have never been waged by George Bushie Bush and the Republican Congress back in 2002l. And of course the Medicare Part D supplement insurance that was signed into law and paid for by WE, the TAXPAYERS, because Bush never even tried to find a way to pay for it! He just stuck it onto our Government Credit Card!

    Romney would never miss one dime of his money!! Come to think of it, perhaps Romney can just pay China off completely!! That way,we won't have to worry about a debt ceiling for a very long time!

    Hey Mitt?? DEAL??????

    October 11, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Adam

    That's awesome

    October 11, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. seafoodwatch

    Why doesn't he invest some money in a way that creates jobs?

    October 11, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. mdn

    Give Mittens a break. Everybody NEEDS a car elevator.

    October 11, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. AtlJack

    Exactly what America needs: a President with an elevator for his cars.

    October 11, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. Carol

    Who cares? He's nothing more than a historical footnote.

    October 11, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. GIUK

    If he thinks he'll ever get elected to the WH his elevator doesn't go all the way to the top.

    October 11, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  21. Harry101

    This is news why?

    October 11, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. george

    nice to see you have no worry for money. my paycheck gets threatened and all my landlord cares about is i get my check to him on the first. way to go man...

    October 11, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. Oscar Pitchfork

    Maybe one of the Earth Liberation Front tree-huggers will torch it JUST before he moves in..LOLLOLOLOLOL

    October 11, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. BO-Romney

    I hate him

    October 11, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. jj

    It's so nice to see wealth trickling up to the .1%. Heartwarming... almost.

    October 11, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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