Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will visit San Diego today for a fundraiser. While the former Massachusetts governor is most closely associated with New England, he has a third home in the wealthy San Diego enclave of La Jolla.
La Jolla realtors, such as Linda Marrone, see Romney's presence as positive for the community. Not only is he a family man, but he also adds a high profile selling point. "You, know, my sellers seem to think it's a real positive thing ... They're like oh, yeah, advertise that this is an area that he purchased in and it must be really desirable."
While most La Jolla residents approve of Romney's presence in the neighborhood, his new plans to raze his single-story, Spanish style house have raised some eyebrows. Alex Sheshunoff, a neighbor, remains skeptical.
"When I first saw the house I thought that's kind of cool, understated, tasteful. That kind of makes me think more of him. And then I heard he's going to build up and I thought, 'Oh God, that's kind of garish and unnecessary."