Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Senator Marco Rubio Sells Middle Class Miami Residence

SELLER: Senator Marco Rubio and Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio
LOCATION: West Miami, FL
PRICE: $675,000
SIZE: 2,699 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: We don't know if any of the more tabloid oriented and/or reality t.v. watching children caught it but last night in the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address, Senator Marco Rubio of Miami, FL—the Republican Party's great Latino hope for a presidential future—made a big stink about how, even though he's Senator with a $174,000 per year salary and future money making opportunities up the wazoo, he still lives with his family in their middle-class house in Miami.*

Well, at least for now. Thanks to the kind folks over at Estately, Your Mama has come to learn that Senator Rubio and his wife Jeanette Dousdebes have had their self-described middle class house in West Miami on the market since last November. It currently has a $675,000 price tag.

For the record, according to a recent report by the Bloomberg people, the median price of an existing home in America is—or was in December 2012—$183,900, more than 3.5 times less than the current price tag hanging on Senator and Missus Rubio's West Miami residence.

Property records reveal the hip-hop loving Senator and his former Miami Dolphins cheerleader missus paid $550,000 for their two-story house at the tail end of a quiet  cul-de-sac that they scooped up in December 2005. Current listing information shows the red-tile roofed and faux-quoined mock-Med mash up was built in 2005—indicating it was brand spanking new when the Rubios bought it—spans 2,699 square feet of marble and carpeted interior space and includes four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

Listing photos show the Senator's house has a formal living room with a decadent double-height ceiling and an adjoining formal dining area. The less formal family quarters include an open concept kitchen area with built-in breakfast banquette and a compact family room/den with built-in entertainment unit and direct access to the outdoor living areas. There also appears to be a separate family room area, also with built-in entertainment cabinet, beyond the kitchen. The kitchen itself—a more modern take on quintessentially uninspired traditional haute-suburban style—has walnut-colored cabinetry with streamlined hardware, speckled beige and black granite counter tops, tumbled stone back splashes and mid-grade (mostly) stainless steel appliances.

The backyard isn't very big—the lot is a quite tiny .17 of an acre—but it's jam packed with adult-and child-friendly outdoor living amenities like a shaded outdoor lounge area with a wall-mounted flat screen t.v., more uncovered patio space with a basketball hoop, a tiny lawn uncomfortably crowded with a jungle gym and a trampoline. There's also a somewhat petite swimming pool that, unfortunately, appears in listing photos to be overlooked by the upper floor of the next door neighbor's house.

Your Mama isn't sure if Senator and Missus Rubio are moving their children to another middle class home in Miami, if they plan to upgrade their residential circumstances or if—as some press reports suggest—they're packing up and moving to Washington. Whatever the case they won't be living in the middle class house that played such a role in proving his middle class bona fides in Senator Rubio's response to the State of the Union.

*Technically Senator and Missus Rubio's residence is located in West Miami, directly west of downtown Miami and not quite six miles due south of the airport.

listing photos: Centrust Realty via Estately


WrteStufLA said...

Lord knows I'm no fan of Rubio's politics or policies, but props to him for deciding (per Miami media) to move his wife and young kids to Washington, DC. I recall that his (stated) reason for skipping the recent inauguration was because it fell on a school holiday, a rare opp for him to enjoy a 3-day weekend with his family. The defiant "I'm such a Washington Outsider that I'm willing to let my kids grow up without a Dad!" routine is one of the more dumb-ass petty traits of our incompetent, corrupt Congress.

Anonymous said...

Well since Obama has taken the Middle Class under his wing, Rubio has, of course, to escape upward toward the 1%. A "poor" Republican President is quite unthinkable. If he wants to represent the 1% he needs to be one of them, unless of course, he is willing for people to think he is only their dupe or hired lackey.

lil' gay boy said...

Dreadful cookie-cutter neighborhood with little to differentiate the 3 or 4 various models; for me, the equivalent of the outer circle of hell. Even so, be it mean, median or mode, this is well above the US average in price.

Funny how the GOP keeps latching onto perceived minorities to show the country just how "inclusive" they really are.

Want the Hispanic vote? Serve 'em up Rubio on a platter. But we all know how their attempt to garner the women's vote turned out, don't we?

You betcha.

Anonymous said...

@ 12:58

That is amazing that you don't give a fuck about Mama's reasoning. I'd bet love and money that conversely Mama doesn't give a fuck about your opinion.

Anonymous said...

12:58 Your just nasty. What raised you?

Anonymous said...

675K middle class home? Nope. But that's just one tiny error in a sea of fab info as usual Mama. XO

nursedeb said...

tiny for the price.
"swimming pool" looks more like a wading pool.

Anonymous said...

The article I read about him selling his house when it was first reported said that he was moving his family to DC so I don't think he is buying another house in FL.

Splenderosa said...

Florida suffered one of the most drastic housing price declines in the nation. He bought in 2005, before the crash. No wonder he wants to move, I had to live in Florida for almost a year, it is horrible there, like living in a swamp with only refugees & tourists frequenting the place. I like Marco Rubio, and I'm hoping he does run for President, not because he has Hispanic heritage, but because he is young and has a different way of looking at the same old problems. Keep the real estate news coming, Mama, we all LOVE it. Oh, btw, I guess some of you missed the fact that that woman from Chicago who is about to be appointed "something" in the Obama administration cajoled $40,000,000 out of donors to buy O and Michelle a home in Hawaii?

Unknown said...

I would have at least uncovered the patio furniture and turned a few lights on before getting those awful pics taken. And I hope he runs for president, also. That way republicans will definitely lose the next election.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what Sen Menendez's house looks like. You know, once they clear out all the Dominican child hookers out.

Anonymous said...

His quote was "I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in". Neighborhood, not house.

The median income for a household in West Miami was $34,910, and the median income for a family was $39,000. Males had a median income of $26,875 versus $26,013 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,850. About 7.6% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, Spanish as a first language was at 87.38% of residents, while English spoken as the mother tongue was 12.61% of the population.

Sounds like a very middle class neighborhood to me.

Aria Cadence said...

Every neighborhood has good and bad areas. It's like saying I still live in the same neighborhood, when the person grew up in Brooklyn ( technically New York) and now they live in Manhattan, or they live in a huge Brooklyn townhouse. Living in the same city does NOT mean the same neighborhood, cities are subdivided into city sections, every single city, especially in Miami has really wealthy areas, and really poor areas. So I call bull on his statement, I live in a middle class Miami home, I paid a little over two hundred thousand for it. My dad installs's not cheap and it's not for the middle class.

lil' gay boy said...

Nice try, Anon 9:08; -- but no dice.

The house wasn't built until 2005 -- so unless the senator is a rather well-developed 8-year-old, that neighborhood didn't exist when he was growing up.

I'm back in the neighborhood I grew up in, but the homes have appreciated considerably; and they have a wide range from a quarter million to over a million in value.

I make more than my parents ever made in their lifetimes, yet my standard of living hasn't really changed appreciably; comfortable, but certainly not wealthy.

To throw out all those statistics (without citing the source, no less) is simply disingenuous obfuscation.

Anonymous said...

he's moving to Washington DC mama. I was seated on an AA flight with him and I saw him searching for homes in DC on his iPad and talking with his wife.

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Anonymous said...

2700SF is not a huge house and the lot is tiny. You don't get much for your money in South Florida. No, not your typical Midwest housing market.And 2005 was the peak of the housing boom when you better buy today or it will cost more tomorrow. Even the crappiest mold infested block house you wouldn't put your cat in was ridiculously overpriced. Btw, the richest people in Congress are Democrats. Grow up.

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