A stately 45th Street mansion in Sacramento was so grand that Ronald and Nancy Reagan preferred it over the California governor’s mansion.
The couple resided in this home for the duration of Ronald’s stint as governor, from 1967 to 1975. He later became the U.S. president from 1981 through 1989.
Now a buyer has the opportunity to live in gubernatorial splendor. The half-acre Tudor estate was recently listed for $4,995,000.
Here’s how the governor of California at the time ended up in this palatial home.
When the Reagans first arrived in Sacramento, they found the official governor’s mansion in a fairly dilapidated state.
So after only four months in the mansion, California’s first family at the time moved into this high-end, 6,963-square-foot spread in the upscale East Sacramento neighborhood known as the “Fabulous 40s.”
The Reagans rented the property until Ronald finished out his term in 1975.
Built in 1929 for the Pollock family, by Dean & Dean Architects, the ritzy residence was designed to host community leaders and celebrities.
More recently, the elegant estate was completely remodeled by the current owners in 2001 after they purchased it in 2000 for $1,765,000.
The property was restored to its former splendor, while maintaining its architectural integrity and adding modern conveniences.
The second you step through the front door, you can’t help but be impressed by the two-story entry with the sweeping staircase, gleaming hardwood floors, and the crystal chandelier.
From there, head to the massive living room, with its French doors, an abundance of conversation areas, and one of seven fireplaces.
Dinner is served in the formal dining room with yet another crystal chandelier.
If it’s a nice evening, a cocktail hour could be held on the cordial patio. If the weather is less than perfect, guests could gather in the spacious library.
Meals are prepared in the chef’s kitchen, which is equipped with professional-grade appliances, a butcher-block topped island, and more chandeliers!
A charming breakfast area with another fireplace branches out from the kitchen for intimate family dining.
Upstairs is the two-room primary suite with a dressing room, substantial closet space, and a lavish double bath.
On the lower level, entertaining options include a wine cellar with a tasting room, and a media and game room with a full bar. An elevator whisks you to all the levels.
Outside, the grounds include formal gardens, sprawling lawns, immaculate box hedges, an arched arbor, terraces, fountains, and fire features.
By the way, Ronald Reagan wasn’t the only governor to eschew the official residence.
After the Reagans moved out, the Victorian served as a museum for almost 50 years until it was restored in 2015, at a cost of $4.1 million, when Jerry Brown served as governor.
As for Gavin Newsom, he and his family lived briefly in the governor’s mansion before moving to a more “kid-friendly” house in the Sacramento suburb of Fair Oaks.
Kim Pacini-Hauch with Re/Max Gold Sierra Oaks has the listing.