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Gavin Newsom’s family plans move to $3.7 million Fair Oaks mansion

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Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom and his family hosted a free family event at the California State Railroad Museum as a pre-inauguration celebration on Jan. 6, 2019. Newsom's inauguration will take place on Jan. 7.

California’s new governor and his family plan to move to a $3.7 million, six-bedroom house in Fair Oaks they bought in December, according to property records obtained by The Sacramento Bee.

For now, Gavin and Jennifer Siebel Newsom and their four young children are living in the historic governor’s mansion in downtown Sacramento. The governor’s office confirmed that they plan to move to Fair Oaks, an unincorporated community in Sacramento County, once their new house is renovated.

Deed records show a limited liability company purchased the Fair Oaks property in December. The company is registered in the name of Gavin Newsom’s cousin Jeremy Scherer, the co-president of PlumpJack, the hospitality company Newsom founded. The governor’s office confirmed that the Newsoms purchased the property.

The 12,000 square-foot home went on the market in August after the death of one of the owners, Sacramento-area philanthropist and businessman Vern Jones.

Jones’ wife Gloria and their children sold the property to the limited liability company for $3.7 million, according to deed records and an online listing from real estate company Coldwell Banker.

An invitation for a Realtor’s mixer at the property in September described the Fair Oaks mansion as a “sophisticated Santa Barbara Montecito styled home within over 8 acres of park-like setting.” The house has a wine cellar, a pool, a guest house and a tennis court.

Newsom spokesman Nathan Click described the new home as “more kid-friendly” for the Newsom children, who are all under the age of 10.

“They will move their four kids, two dogs and bunny rabbit in a few months and open up the magnificently-renovated historic Governor’s Mansion for public events and state business,” Click said in a statement. “They love being a permanent part of the Sacramento community and are excited about living, working and raising a family here.”

The family moved into the residence downtown the same day Newsom was sworn in as governor.

His predecessor, Jerry Brown, lived in that mansion with his wife and dogs starting in 2015 after a multimillion-dollar renovation. It marked a change from his first two terms in the 70s and 80s, when Brown was single and lived in a state-owned apartment near the Capitol, according to Sacramento Bee archives.

Before Brown, Ronald Reagan was the last California governor to live in the downtown mansion until 1967, when his wife Nancy declared the home a “firetrap” and they moved to east Sacramento. While Reagan was governor, supporters financed a sprawling mansion in Carmichael, but it wasn’t finished until after he left office and Brown refused to move in, opting for the apartment.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted from Southern California while he was governor and stayed at the Hyatt Regency near the Capitol when he was in town.

While George Deukmejian was governor in the 80s, the Governor’s Residence Foundation bought a ranch-style home about 10 miles from the Capitol. Deukmejian lived there with his wife and high school-age daughter. Former Govs. Gray Davis and Pete Wilson and their families also lived in the house while in office.

Tony Bizjak contributed to this report.

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Sophia Bollag covers California politics and government. Before joining The Bee, she reported in Sacramento for the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times. She grew up in California and is a graduate of Northwestern University.
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