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    Gov. Brown and his wife now stay at this loft when in town.

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    Gov. Jerry Brown lived frugally in a rented apartment in 1975.

  • Rich Pedroncelli / The Associated Press

    Gov.-elect Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, have rented a 1,450-square-foot loft in this corner building that once housed an automobile dealership, seen in downtown Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. Brown famously refused to live in the governors mansion when he held the post in the 1970s and 80s, preferring instead to live in a sparsely furnished apartment. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Kim D. Johnson / Sacramento Bee file photo

    Three governors have lived in this 3,800-square-foot home in the Lake Wilhaggin neighborhood.

  • Gov. Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, leased a house in Sacramento’s “Fabulous 40s” district.

5 places where governors have made their beds in Sacramento

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 5:20 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014 - 11:54 am

Five places where California governors have hung their hat at night in Sacramento.

Reagan’s rental

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 Sacramento’s “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.

Casa Wilhaggin

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.

Schwarzenegger’s suite

When Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger swept into the Governor’s 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 couple’s four children just never made sense, his supporters said.

Brown’s return

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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