The politician and his wife, the actor and filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, placed the remodeled midcentury modern mansion on the market after Newsom took office. His family has since moved to the Sacramento area.
The couple initially listed the high-end home for $6 million in January 2019, and quickly dropped the price to $5.7 million in March 2019. It eventually slid off the market without a buyer.
But in late May of this year, an off-market deal was struck—at close to the original asking price.
This represents a windfall for Newsom, who purchased the place in 2011 for $2,225,000. The embattled Democrat currently faces a recall election by a segment of voters unhappy with COVID-19 measures taken during the pandemic.
Back of house
As we initially reported in 2019, the five-bedroom, six-bathroom layout, with 4,000 square feet, is privately located on 1.38 acres of Kent Woodlands.
Built in 1950, the home was designed by the Bay Area architect Worley K. Wong and remodeled by Julie Dowling. It offers spectacular views of Mount Tamalpais and the San Francisco Bay.
Clean modernist lines and walls of glass define the living areas. Those living areas flow right into the outdoor space, which features a pool and spa.
A formal living room features a fireplace with stone surround, and a separate dining room looks out to the pool. The open kitchen adjoins a casual dining area and a family room. There’s also an office, as well as a master suite with walk-in closet, and bath with dual vanities. Other perks of the property include a sauna, a second-floor deck, and a covered parking.
After winning the governor’s race, Newsom could have moved into the state’s Governor’s Mansion—a historic Victorian built in 1877 in Sacramento. Instead, he opted to move to Fair Oaks, and picked up a $3.7 million estate with modern amenities to accommodate his four children, according to an article from SF Gate.
The “kid-friendly,” six-bedroom, 12,000-square-foot spread on 8.2 acres includes a pool, tennis court, and wine cellar, as well as separate guest quarters. The price the couple paid was said to have been a record for the Sacramento region that year.
Newsom, 53, was previously the lieutenant governor for two terms under former Gov. Jerry Brown. The San Francisco native also served as San Francisco mayor from 2004 to 2011. Newsom was previously married to the TV news personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is now romantically involved and reportedly buying real estate with Donald Trump Jr.