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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Gavin Newsom's Home Is Plenty Big, Realtors Say

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 10:00 AM

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Russell Lee, WPA photographer, 1939
Now that's a tiny house...
Former Mayor Gavin Newsom's claim that a four-bedroom, $2.7 million Ashbury Heights home is too petite for a family of four induced bouts of hilarity among San Francisco's real estate professionals.

"Oh, I think we all giggled when we saw the pretense behind it," Realtor Luba Muzichenko says. "This is a little ostentatious. When he was running for mayor he was trying to pretend he was very down-to-earth."

Well, Newsom can still boast that he uses the cheapest hair gel there is.

"I can tell you that I'm raising a family of four -- and my kids are a lot further along than his -- in a 2,600-square-foot condo in NOPA. And it's awesome," Realtor Mollie Poe says. "San Francisco is a wonderful place to raise kids, and there are a lot of kids in that neighborhood he's moving out of. Who can't raise a family of four in a house that size?"

 

Navigating between Scylla and Charybdis to get your kids into the public school of your choice can be a task -- "but you'd think he'd have an in somewhere," Poe continues.

Alex Clark, a Realtor and the editor of The Front Steps blog, notes that a few San Francisco three-and four-bedroom homes are actually two bedrooms with "extra rooms, like a sunroom." But, he continues, "I doubt that's the case with Mr. Newsom's home."

Clark is also raising a family of four, and he has a three-bedroom, one-bathroom home -- two and a half fewer commodes than Chez Newsom. Kids do need space to run around, and perhaps some of those bedrooms have been converted into home offices. But, in the end, Clark isn't buying the tiny home excuse.

"The reality is, I cannot imagine that house being too small," he says. "People who want to stay in the city find ways to make smaller homes work. But, you know, some people need more space."

Or space elsewhere.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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