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Friday
May252012

Mitt Romney Ordered $55,000 Car Elevator, Designer Says

AC Lifts(SAN DIEGO) -- The man designing a custom car elevator for Mitt Romney’s La Jolla, Calif., home said the Republican presidential candidate has ordered the “Phantom Park” model -- the same one installed in the homes of actor Harrison Ford and singer Britney Spears.

“It’s exactly what he’s getting,” Brad Davies, who owns American Custom Lifts in downtown Escondido, Calif., said in an interview with ABC News’ San Diego affiliate, KGTV.  "For the cost of the lift, delivery and installed, it’s about $55,000.”

The company’s website describes the elevator as a “dream for auto aficionados who like to maintain a hands-on relationship with their machines.”

Davies said he has created and installed the system in several other homes in the area.

It’s billed as a “smart solution” for property owners seeking a “safe and affordable parking space,” particularly in neighborhoods where narrow streets make parking difficult. Company video clips obtained by KGTV offer a glimpse of the elevators in operation.

Romney’s car elevator will raise and lower his vehicles to a 3,600-square-foot basement garage, according to public plans for a pending remodel of the home.  Construction on the projects has been put on hold until after the November election, the Romney campaign has said.

ABC News visited the Romneys’ luxurious southern California retreat earlier this year and reported on the planned expansion, as well as how Democrats intend to use it against Romney heading into the fall.

Liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change Friday circulated KGTV’s report as “must-see TV.”  They and other allies of President Obama have been working to portray Romney as out of touch with middle-class Americans.

The Romney campaign has defended the elevator, saying they are common fixtures in the area because of space constraints.

Watch KGTV’s report HERE.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar272012

Mitt Romney Plans Even More Luxurious Southern California Retreat

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- From the outside, Mitt Romney’s California retreat almost looks modest -- as far as oceanfront villas go -- but new documents show that Romney has much more spectacular plans for his family’s $12 million La Jolla home.

Romney’s intention to level the existing structure and replace it with a considerably larger one has been known for months, but these documents indicate the Romneys intend to build an elevator for a four-car garage, an outdoor shower, an enormous basement and other amenities.

Those plans were first reported on Tuesday by Politico.

The home, now just over 3,000 square feet, would grow to quadruple that size. ABC News paid a visit to Romney’s property and found an official City of San Diego “Notice Of Application” hanging on one side of the current garage door.  The sign indicates the Romneys’ intention to “demolish the existing residence and construct a new, approximately 8,105-square-foot single family residence on a 0.41 acre site.”

The notice lists several special “zones” in which the home is located, including the Coastal Height Limit Overlay Zone -- an indication of the many hurdles the Romneys and their representatives are jumping through to build the newer, bigger version of their Pacific Ocean retreat. That effort is taking time and money, and according to the Politico report, the Romneys have been paying thousands to designers and lobbyists to help them through the process.

It’s clear that the Democrats plan to make a campaign issue out of it -- another example, they say, that Romney is out of touch with average Americans. As Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse quipped in an email message, “Well, doesn’t everyone need an elevator for their cars? Even if you have to hire a lobbyist to secure it?”

The home is located at the end of a long, narrow cul-de-sac in the seaside community of La Jolla, just north of San Diego. The street entrance is perfectly manicured and there is a small tile plaque adjacent to the front door that reads “Fin De La Senda” (“End Of The Path”).

Romney spent last weekend at the vacation home, and reporters who visited encountered a temporary staging area on the street set up by the U.S. Secret Service, whose agents now protect the former Massachusetts governor and presidential hopeful.

The real draw of the property is its unobstructed view of the beach and Pacific Ocean. A concrete seawall and locked gate separates the waves and the beachgoers from the Romneys’ backyard. The family can look out at the sun-worshippers and surfers from a large wooden deck.

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