Five places where California governors have hung their hat at night in Sacramento.
In 1967, when Nancy Reagan declared the historic mansion at 16th and H streets that had housed previous governors a firetrap, the newly elected Gov. Ronald Reagan took residence in an 8,000-square-foot leased house in Sacramentos Fabulous 40s neighborhood.
A mattress on the floor
Jerry Brown was 36 and notoriously frugal in 1975 when he succeeded Reagan. He was seeing pop singer Linda Ronstadt and had visions of one day living in the White House. But for now, a top-floor apartment in the Dean Apartments building at 1400 N St., just across from Capitol Park, was all he needed.
Govs. George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis lived in a 3,800-square-foot, relatively nondescript ranch home in the Lake Wilhaggin neighborhood off of Fair Oaks Boulevard east of Watt Avenue. A foundation formed to raise money and operate the residence.
When Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger swept into the Governors Office after a historic recall election in 2003, speculation raged for months about where the wealthy movie star would live in Sacramento. He moved into a suite at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento across from the Capitol on L Street and never left, shuttling home sometimes daily to Los Angeles and his family via private jet. Relocating wife Maria Shriver and the couples four children just never made sense, his supporters said.
Jerry Brown was married, 72 and still notoriously frugal when he returned to the governorship in 2010. One of his top supporters had rented the N Street apartment, so he and Anne Gust Brown maintained a regular home in the Oakland Hills. For overnights in Sacramento, the Browns prefer a loft at 16th and J streets, above a sushi restaurant and less than a block from one of his favorite watering holes, the Torch Club.
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