If you’ve ever wondered where former President Ronald Reagan lived while he served as Governor of California, there are really three properties worth mentioning. He lived in two of these places and almost lived in another.
1) The Former Governor’s Mansion: When Ronald Reagan became Governor in California in 1967, he and has family lived in the Governor’s mansion on 15th and H Street in Downtown Sacramento for three months before moving out. It’s been well publicized that Nancy Reagan felt the residence was not safe, and was more suitable as a museum than anything. Reagan was actually the last Governor to live in this mansion (until Governor Brown had the place renovated and moved in there in December 2015 (note added March 2016)).
2) The “Fab 40’s” Neighborhood: After a brief stint at the Governor’s mansion, the Reagans moved to East Sacramento to lease a home in the “Fabulous 40s” neighborhood at 1341 45th Street. This is a very well-established classic neighborhood in Sacramento – not a gated community. The home boasted over 6,000 square feet with six bedrooms and four bathrooms (according to Tax Records). The home last recorded for $1,765,000 in May 2000. The Fab 40’s is well-known for it’s tree-lined streets as you can see in the photo below.
3) The Mansion Constructed under Reagan: The State of California built a Governor’s mansion in the 1970s in Carmichael, which is about 10 miles from Downtown Sacramento. This mansion began construction under Ronald Reagan’s leadership, and he would have likely lived there, but it was not completed until Jerry Brown took office (Brown refused to live in this house, which he dubbed “The Taj Majal”). This home located at 2300 California Avenue has 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and is just under 12,000 square feet of living area (11,984). This property sold on the open market in MLS in 2004 for $4.1 million. It was previously listed for 1,429 days at 5.9 million, but when the price was lowered to 4.8 million, there was a pending status in only 41 days. The mansion is still there today, but some of the site has been subdivided for a few custom homes.
Questions: If you could own any of these homes, which one would it be? Why? Any other bits of history to share about these properties?