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Offline mountaineer

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Ronald Reagan hosted  television’s General Electric Theater program from 1953-1962 (and toured ceaselessly as the public face of the company during that time) so it’s not all that surprising to learn that Ronald Reagan owned one of the earliest energy-efficient homes ever conceived – which just happened to be built by GE. What is rather surprising is the price tag that now accompanies the late President’s one-time Pacific Palisades dwelling: $4.999 million.

Designed by architect William R. Stephenson in 1956, the mid-century house was a ‘General Electric Showcase House’, meaning it was filled with all sorts of energy-saving devices, including gadgets for controlling temperature, light, etc., that were, at the time, considered state-of-the-art. Besides its Presidential past and retro-green history, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom estate boasts quintessential mod characteristics such as vaulted ceilings, rows of floor-to-ceiling class, and numerous built-ins. Of its amenities, a den with a wet bar stands out in the interior, while the exterior features a patio and pool area that enjoys sweeping views extending from the Getty Center to the ocean.

With the listing of the 4,764-square-foot estate, Reagan joins our nation’s 38th Commander in Chief, Gerald Ford, as former Presidents whose mid-century homes have hit the market this past year. Ford’s Rancho Mirage retirement compound, a California modern design by architect Welton Becket, listed for $1.7 million back in January. It would eventually sell in March for $1.57 million.

Lots of photos at LINK.
This is where the Reagans lived when he was elected president in 1980.
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Re: Ronald Reagan's GE Showcase "Home of the Future" is on the Market
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2013, 02:57:40 PM »
A good example of mid-century architecture.  A lot of this design in California, especially Palm Springs.
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Re: Ronald Reagan's GE Showcase "Home of the Future" is on the Market
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2013, 03:08:11 PM »
It would be very cool living in a house once lived-in by Reagan and that is a very nice location.

I'm short the 5 mil, however.
« Last Edit: January 03, 2013, 03:08:27 PM by Scottftlc »
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