News & Opinion | May 29, 2018 9:05 am

Richard Nixon’s Western White House Up for Sale for $63.5 Million

The oceanfront estate is priced down from a $75-million asking price three years ago.

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The oceanfront estate in San Clemente. (Redfin)

The oceanfront estate in San Clemente that Richard Nixon once owned — and was known as the Western White House during his presidency — is back up for sale at $63.5 million. This is down from its $75-million asking price from three years ago. The seller is former Allergan Pharmaceuticals Chief Executive Gavin Herbert, who bought the property and surrounding acreage from Nixon in the 980s. The walled estate, dubbed La Casa Pacifica by the 37th president, sits on an isolated bluff that overlooks the ocean and a popular surfing spot. The home has panoramic views that can extend 60 miles to San Clemente Island. It sits on 5.45 acres and has 450 feet of beachfront. There is also a two-bedroom guest house on the property, as well as multiple staff residences and offices, a greenhouse, a swimming pool, a tennis court, formal gardens and large expanses of lawn, according to The Los Angeles Times. 

The main house, which is 9,000-square-feet, was built in 1926 and had tile and hardwood flooring, arched doorways and vaulted ceilings. There is an ocean-view office that was used by Nixon and a master suite with an expanded bathroom and closet area. There is a courtyard with a tiled fountain outside.

Nixon acquired the property in 1969. The estate has hosted numerous world leaders, including Japanese Premier Eisaku Sato, South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu and former President Lyndon B. Johnson. Celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, John Wayne and Cesar Romero also all visited Nixon at the estate. And before Nixon, Franklin D. Roosevelt once played poker at the home as a guest of the original owner, financier Hamilton H. Cotton.