Inside the Reagan family home: Lavish Los Angeles estate where Ronald was told 'congratulations, you're president of the United States' while he took a shower hits the market for $33million

By Chelsea White • March 10, 2016

History rarely comes with a view – or a price tag – like this.

Nancy and Ronald Reagan’s home, which they gave up for the White House, is up for sale.

As the world prepares to bid farewell to the former First Lady, the property she and her late husband called home for three decades has been listed for $33 million.

While the off market listing ensures few will get a chance to see inside the home, the has obtained photographs of the six bedroom – seven if you count the separate guest quarters – estate.

While the shower in which the actor turned politician first was told that he was America’s next President is no longer there, the shower door is and is now surrounded in 12,000-square-feet of some of the most polished property Los Angeles’ wealthy Pacific Palisades has to offer.

Developers purchased the Reagan’s original house back in 2012 when it was just a modest 4,700-square-foot single story house for a little over $5 million and have since demolished what was then dubbed ‘The Home of the Future’ to meet the future’s more opulent tastes.

Reagan came to own the home after falling in love with rugged and the then rather isolated mountainous area of the Pacific Palisades.

While now the area is filled with some of Los Angeles’ most decadent homes and has a who is who is Hollywood stars in residence, back in 1953 it was where the iconic star loved to hike up through the Santa Monica Mountains.

Finding his perfect spot, the Kings Row actor decided to make a home for his new wife – who passed away on Sunday aged 94.

As luck would have it, Reagan had to do little to make the rugged vista into a dream family home as at the time he was hosting the popular TV show, General Electric Theatre, and so GE offered to build the home with all the latest gadgets including an all-electric kitchen, futuristic lighting and something that most could not have even imagined let alone dreamed of at the time – a home theatre.

It was in his palace that he was showering on November 4th as his wife, who was taking a bath, answered the phone and handed it to him.

The then 69-year-old actor turned politician still had the water running as the President Jimmy Carter said: ‘Mr. Reagan? Congratulations. You’re President Of The United States.’

A brass plaque bearing the Presidential Seal is now fastened to the wall on that very spot where US history was made.

The words are taken from Nancy herself, who once spoke of that special night and said: ‘I’ll never forget the night he was elected. It was just after 5, so it was already nighttime on the East Coast. I took a bath, and Ronnie got in the shower. The phone started ringing.

‘It was President Carter, calling from Washington to concede the election and to congratulate Ronnie on winning. So I jumped out of the tub, started banging on the shower door, and he heard Jimmy Carter’s voice say. ”Mr. Reagan? Congratulations. You’re President of the United States”. We ran to the TV. There we were, standing in our towels, listening to them say he had been elected.’

Jaman Properties who bought the original home, may have developed a completely new property in its place but have kept a number of artifacts and incorporated them into its design.

Aside from the plaque and the actual shower door, the new owner will be able to sip away on a cocktail or two where the late President decided to run for the highest office.

In an ode to its Presidential history, off the first floor office/library – which features a fireplace, custom cabinetry and wood panelling and access to wine room – there is a private Presidential Rose Garden that only has blooms named after Presidents and First Ladies.

While the property is not The Home Of The Future Reagan enjoyed so much, it certainly caters for someone with presidential tastes.

The two story home sits on an almost 28,000-square-foot lot with 270 degree views from Griffith Park to Downtown LA, Century City, Palos Verdes, the Pacific Ocean and The Channel Islands – the very views which won over the late President.

It also provides the security and privacy that anyone from a Head Of State to a celebrity would desire with the Spanish Revival home accessible only via a 300-foot-long gated and hedged driveway.

The mansion’s structures and interiors designed by Jaman Properties, its exterior designed by Scott Shrader and its professional grade kitchen – which has an antique beamed ceiling – was created in collaboration Chef Gino Angelini.

The kitchen is located on the first floor alongside the stunning, but inviting, living room that features a 19th century French limestone fireplace as well as the family room, which has another fireplace, and the living room where Reagan’s former bar has been given pride of place.

With such a grand kitchen and living space also comes the mandatory but hardly standard formal dining room with custom chandelier and 18th century hand-carved French fireplace.

Just like the original home, the new house has a home theatre, however, it is a slightly more updated version as the cashmere-lined screening room has a built-in bar, drop-down projector and seating for up to 15 people.

Also downstairs is a powder room – that is wallpapered in 25,000 peacock feathers that were hand laid – a ‘staff bedroom with en-suite bath’ and a mud room.

The new owner can then take the elevator or the grand staircase up to the second floor where the master and four other bedrooms, plus a gym, are located.

Each of the bedrooms has an en-suite, two have private terraces with 180 degree views, while the master rivals most people’s apartments.

Spread over 2,000-square-feet, the master has a private sitting room, bedroom with fireplace, separate His and Her dressing rooms – the Hers featuring a dedicated 365 pair shoe closet – and separate His and Her bathrooms with soaking tub, steam room and sauna.

The master opens onto a 300-square-feet terrace with pergola and sweeping city and ocean views, of course.
There is a separate guest house complete with what sounds like the ultimate rich person’s man cave – a ‘show garage for two cars with built-in bar and dual spigot artisanal beer Kegerator.

During Reagan’s time the outside was a source of much joy where he and Nancy watched their children play – the couple share two children and Ronald had two others from his first marriage.

The pair were often found sitting watching the ocean from the large deck or cooling off in the pool. The home’s outdoor space has been changed significantly but will offer the new owner a chance to enjoy the great outdoors like the former President.

The backyard has a heated salt-water pool with invisible glass-walled spa, sunning area, exterior kitchen with wrap-around bar, barbeque and pizza oven.

There is also a 125-foot-long veranda with fireplace and heated living and dining areas plus a separate dining area for up to 30 amid 100-year-old olive trees.

The late Reagan’s truly treasured their ranch-style home and only gave it up in 1982, a year into Ronald’s first term as they never got a chance to make use of it as they were in Washington DC.

After leaving office in 1989, the Reagans returned to California but moved to Bel-Air where Ronald lived until his death in 2004 aged 93. It is that home where Nancy passed away.