Marco Rubio’s “blue collar” home has a swimming pool, is worth $675,000, and he’s moving

GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio bragged about his West Miami “blue collar” home and “blue collar” neighborhood last night during the Republican Response to the State of the Union.

Mr. President, I still live in the same working-class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare.

Yeah, except Rubio didn’t bother mentioning he’s trying to leave his blue collar roots.  He’s selling his 2,649 square foot home and asking for $675,000.

Oh but it gets better.  Marco Rubio’s”working class” nearly-three-quarters-of-a-million-dollar home has a swimming pool, as do the five “blue collar,” Medicare and Social Security-dependent homes surrounding him.

And I checked the local county records, it’s his home:

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Here’s Bing map shot of Rubio’s home and his neighbors, you can clearly see Rubio’s pool and four of the neighbors who have pools – the number is actually five neighbors with pools, as you can see in picture below:

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Rubio’s neighbors’ homes with pools are in yellow, his home is in red:

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But it gets more interesting.  I decided to look at the neighbor’s property costs and several of the pool people’s home are similar to Rubio’s.  But interestingly, a lot of the other homes in the neighborhood are a lot cheaper, and legitimately blue collar.  Rubio, and his clan of 5 pool-sporting neighbors, is not.

So basically, Marco Rubio lives in a luxury enclave of a blue collar neighborhood in which his house has a pool, and is worth a lot of money, and their homes aren’t. He and his neighbors carved out a little white-collar heaven in the middle of blue collar Miami.

Here’s one of Rubio’s pool-owning neighbors – look blue collar to you?

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Photo of Rubio’s neighbor from Estately.com

Here’s a better shot of Marco Rubio’s own blue collar patio furniture and swimming pool. Look at the impeccably perfectly trimmed bushes by the pool.  I’m sure Senator Rubio slaves away all weekend cutting the bushes just perfectly, as he of course wouldn’t hire someone, since he’s blue collar:

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Photo of Rubio’s pool from Estately.com

I’m not 100% sure that having the richest home in the neighborhood, with a swimming pool, gives you blue collar bragging rights.  Especially when you know you’re leaving.


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  • milky1018

    Wow! That’s a lot of money to spend on these pools!
    http://www.swimnj.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandi.taylor.71 Sandi Taylor

    His pool isn’t even enclosed. The inside must be nice then.

  • labman57

    Remember, Republicans regard annual incomes greater than $10K and less than $4M to be “middle class”.

  • mlhm5

    If the house actually sells for the asking price and the buyer puts down 20% it would mean that 75% of US working families could not get the mortgage even if someone gave them the down payment because the banks work on a rule of 29% of gross income is the mortgage limit.

  • realsuejeffers

    what, you mean an actual blue collar worker, making one of the under survival rate minimum wage provided by those “job creators” we’re supposed to worship for providing such a pittance for those who create the wealth for them? i can’t tell if you’re trying to argue that workers should be paid a liveable wage for their work, or if you’re railing against the sense of entitlement that those in the owning class exhibit?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I wouldn’t know. Never owned a pool, never want to. In fact, when we were house-shopping, we crossed a property off our list because it had a one. Mainly because they’re a pain to maintain.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.kell Rebecca Kell

    I lived in Florida and had a pool. My house cost $120K. Instead of harping on having a pool, this article should harp on the selling price of the house. and the weird Sanval Boats LLC co-owner.

  • planetwingnuttia

    HUMS THE KNOTS LANDING THEME SONG….

  • http://www.ryanstake.net RyansTake

    Mitt Romney looked at these pictures and thought they looked very, very blue collar. Where’s the car elevator going to fit in the garage?

  • http://twitter.com/BlessedStSean StSeanoftheKnife

    he’s bringing balance to the force.

  • hollywoodstein

    Wow John Gavel is also a magician since he is able to support himself, a wife and three kids on a 7 bucks and hour dishwashing job. How privileged they must feel to earn their money to successfully put food in their mouths. Maybe they should buy Marco Rubio’s blue collar abode too.

  • hollywoodstein

    Do the pools appear framed in with netting to keep away the skeeters and worse yet the West Nile? That can cost almost as much as the pool if done well.

  • hollywoodstein

    Isn’t that when Mitt is releasing his tax returns?

  • hollywoodstein

    He made a good lamprey eel for awhile. But he was a horrible CEO. Just look at the most important job of his life, running his campaign where he made disastrous decision after disastrous decision from choosing his team, to personally having Eastwood speak unvetted, to choosing lyin’ Paul Ryan instead of Portman, to the 47% video, to walking into Obama’s debate set trap due to relying on bad sources of information.

    People happy dance thinking Obama walked away with this one, but it took everything Dems had and Romneystill had to do something every single week to lose it. If you took away just the 47% video and choosing Paul Ryan as VP, we very well could have had a President Romney.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKarter Jeffrey Karter

    I’m sure most of his neighbors aren’t millionaires, but the ones who own the other McMansions in Rubio’s little cul-de-sac? I’m sure at least three of them are, and the other two are probably pretty damn close.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Living in the SF Bay Area spoiled me as far as housing prices go, knowing that houses smaller than the one I grew up in, in western Pennsylvania, often sold for between $500 and $1m, depending on the Silicon Valley neighborhood. Some like Palo Alto were WAY higher than that.

    As I noted in a different comment, I think the real kicker for me was a number our good friend and real estate agent clued us in on, when we were shopping last autumn. She said always to divide the price by the square footage, and then look at that number relative to other houses nearby.

    In West Miami, it looks like the usual for the nicer homes is around $175. Rubio is asking for 45% over that for his suburban family econo-box (4 bedrooms in 2649 square feet means teeny bedrooms). He’s asking $675k; for less than $120k more, there’s another house not far way that’s nearly twice as large as Rubio’s, and on a far more attractive property. That’s what’s really fishy.

  • hollywoodstein

    An 800 dollar Mercedes.

  • hollywoodstein

    Hey, I still drive a Mercedes everyday.

  • Val

    Google it….

  • UncleBucky

    Working class house area is from 100 to 140 mt^2

    Not like Rubio’s which is 246 mt^2.

  • UncleBucky

    It’s public record. And that public record should be very carefully monitored for when he sells it. Squeeze that pimple of a GOPer until he screams.

  • UncleBucky

    Blue collar, my petoot.

    Here’s blue collar:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chicago_bungalow.jpg

    And even that is expensive for a lower class working family.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    True (and thanks) but 10-20% is a far cry from the 45% markup Rubio is going for, based on that West Miami typical value of $175 sq/ft for a clean, non-distressed, non-foreclosed property.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Bingo. And thanks.

  • hollywoodstein

    Hermes is having a sale?

  • hollywoodstein

    And who is Sanval Boats, LLC?

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    Mitt Romney has contributed nothing valuable to society, ever. He isn’t an artist, he isn’t a scientist, he isn’t an engineer, he isn’t a tradesman, he isn’t an educator, he provides no useful service. He lacks even the saving grace of having run a company that made something useful, the way his father did. If, during his shabby career of sucking businesses dry and selling the corpses, he had accidentally stepped in front of a bus one day, ten more cookie-cutter MBAs would have taken his place the next, and the Universe would have been no poorer.

    But he’s rich. That’s enough, apparently.

  • hollywoodstein

    Also, to pile on the devil’s advocacy, it may be that since he is the ersatz 2016 GOP Presidential frontrunner, he has been advised to sell that house since it is an indefensible security nightmare, aside from any other optics. Perhaps he’ll buy himself a 20 acre farm and cut brush.

  • Edward

    So who is the Sanval Boats LLC that is the second party on the home?

  • John Gavel

    Or is working as a dishwasher making 7 bucks an hr n complaining thats not enough to support your three kids n wife the way we should be? Rather feel privileged rather than feel im entitled

  • John Gavel

    Privileged bc they earned their money? Isnt that the point, to be successful?

  • hollywoodstein

    While I admire the sleuthing and totally agree with the common bribe tactic angle, ( also wasn’t it claimed Obama benefited from such), but to be fair celebrity asking prices are rarely selling prices in a down market ( although Florida real estate seems recently to have found its bottom), and the fact that a well known person, politician or celebrity was the previous owner commonly adds 10-20% to a houses value, just so the social climbers can say at the bbq cocktail party oh yes the previous owner was so and so. Same with movie appeared props, cars, and houses going 10-1000 times their normal worth.
    The tell will be if he actually gets the asking price or anywhere near it..
    I thought the much more telling line was that despite his wealth, he only recently paid off his student loans.

    .

  • Jonathan_Justice

    Sixth pool folks! That screen shed to the right of the house to the right of Chez Rubio covers a pool.

    Notice also that we are looking at a cul-de-sac, the next best thing to having one’s own gated community.

    Becca so clearly understands that the imaged house is middle class that the claim that it is typical of a blue collar neighborhood does not even get considered in her discussion of comparables. What the cul-de-sac is typical of is the sort of outpost where middle-class people arrange for people who are not so well off to see just how well off they have managed to become.

  • pixiedust8

    With the beating the real estate market has taken in Florida, $200k is not really a “blue collar” home there. That’s a solidly middle class home. A relative has a 4-bedroom, 2-bath home with a swimming pool that would probably sell for about $200k because it needs some work, but it’s in a middle class to upper-middle class neighborhood.

    “Blue collar” homes in Florida probably go for 100k. Maybe $150k, tops.

  • runfastandwin

    I guess everything is relative. We grew up in a blue collar neighborhood, but 2 blocks over the houses were much more expensive and decidedly not blue collar. Also the median home price (which means half are more and half are less) in the south is 161k, nowhere near 650k. It’s typical of people to think they are not making much money or doing well when in reality their income puts them in the top 50 percent (median income is about 50k, and you’d need to be in the top 20 percent or well over 100k to qualify for a loan to buy a 500k house) so I think that the argument that Rubio’s house is NOT in a blue collar neighborhood is plenty sound, in fact it should be shouted form the rooftops.

  • Naja pallida

    Super tiny lots with over-priced properties are the hallmark of suburbia these days. Mass builders that go in and throw up a thousand houses in a planned subdivision, cut every corner they possibly can, and then sell them for much more than they’re worth. Rubio is even asking for well above the already inflated value for what he’s got.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Look at the house, John, and comparing it to the one my wife and I just bought, I’m not seeing a ‘rich’ place. Rubio’s pool could easily stand in as an add-on to compare with our workshop/barn, in terms of value added. And 2650 sq/ft really isn’t very big, not if you have a family, and 4 bedrooms means most of those bedrooms are probably super small.

    Having a pool in Florida isn’t that unusual either. My working-class uncle had one when he and his wife and four kids were living there (this was back in the 1970s). As for the landscaping? Meh, it justs doesn’t jump out at me, and Rubio’s pool furniture looks to me like cheap rattan crap.

    This is the detail which should jump out at you: Look at the neighborhood, and all the properties all around him for sale. At $675k, his is priced WAY above local comparables. His is at $255 sq/foot, with a postage-stamp property in a cul de sac that looks it was built in the 1980s or early 90s. Prevailing prices for nearby properties are around $175 sq/ft. A house one street over from his is priced at $360k for a little over 2k sq/ft, and it looks roughly similar in age and style. There is only one other house on the Zillow map near his that is priced higher than Rubio’s — and I would argue that in that it does qualify as a rich person’s house. It’s at $820k, has 7 bedrooms, and 4758 sq/ft of living space…which comes out to (guess what?) $175 sq/ft for the property. $255 sq/ft is ridiculous. By prevailing real values, that house of his ought to be on the market for about $465k.

    Rubio is not living in a ‘filthy rich’ house in a filthy rich neighborhood. What he is doing, with his house priced like that, way over the current market value for that neighborhood, is holding his hand out for a bribe.

  • lynchie

    Good point a great way for the Koch brothers to pass on a couple of hundred K under the table, although he is a cuban and they prefer their boys to be blue blood whites.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    And barrel-scrapings are always interesting to examine.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Yeah… looking at those photos, I don’t have quite the same reaction as others. And I say this as someone who recently bought a house in rural New Mexico.

    First of all, in Florida, houses with swimming pools are commonplace. Having an in-ground pool is not itself seen as an extravagance, not in that climate. For sure, not something poor or struggling folks will have, but plenty of genuine middle-class homes will have them.

    Another detail that jumped out at me was how packed in all those houses were, on super-tiny properties, and the surrounding ones didn’t look all that great in terms of being kept up. And that street leading up to his house doesn’t appear to have been repaved in quite a long while. Moreover, I look at the house I’m living in now — it’s actually roughly equal in size to Rubio’s place, and if we were to take it from where it is now and plunk it down in an suburban area, I could easily see it going for half a mil. Heck, the neighborhood we just left, a village plunked between Albuquerque and Santa Fe — a 2650 sq/ft house in good condition wouldn’t sell for less than that much, and one of the reasons we had to leave that area is we couldn’t find anything good enough in our price range. Take Rubio’s house and put it in Sunnyvale, California where a good friend of ours lives and it’d easily be worth $750k, even in today’s depressed RE market.

    And FWIW, my wife and I are not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination.

    In other words, as much of an empty (and very sweaty) suit as I see Marco Rubio as being, I don’t think this house here is what you want to be pointing to as evidence of him having other than a fairly typical middle-class house in a middle-class Florida suburban neighborhood.

    Those who know me here know I am perfectly willing to jump all over clear evidence of plutocratic bastardy, like McCain forgetting how many houses he owns, or Mitt Romney’s many mansions. But this ain’t even in the minor leagues compared to them.

    That all said, you hit on exactly the suspicious bit there, Nicho: The $675k asking price. It is a bribe waiting to be paid. I’m actually a little surprised he didn’t get greedy and price it at an even seven-fifty.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Yes, as I noted in the story. But even that cuts against him. When you live in a rich house, even if it’s in a working class neighborhood, but you and your cul de sac are all filthy rich, don’t pull the “working class” card on us.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    LIKE!

  • Naja pallida

    To be fair, there are homes on the street he lives on, and the connecting street, that are valued in the 200k range, without pools, which is more reasonable. The ones at the end of the cul-de-sac are more than double other nearby homes, and he is asking well above market value for his house. Probably expecting some real estate fairy to visit and pay him more than the property’s worth in a down market.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joyce-Harmon/100000577167249 Joyce Harmon

    Huh? Do NOT tell me Winston’s Dad wrote a book! Mom, maybe.

  • nicho

    No. That’s how the class system worked then. Watch Downton Abbey. Churchill was 21 years old before he met an adult male who had not written a book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joyce-Harmon/100000577167249 Joyce Harmon

    LOL! How old was he? If he was over six, I’d say that was tongue in cheek. Not to mention word count padding.

  • Fifi

    Yep. This is how bad things are for the GOP nowadays.

    Now, if the GOP could forget to take the nation down with them while they commit mass suicide, it would be nice…

  • cole3244

    marco is just an average blue collar guy who came to america with his parents in (he will get back to you later on this) fleeing the oppressive castro regime aka batista, american tourists friend and the common cubans enemy
    ps – rubio will release the date of entry into the US after he is elected in 2016, he promises.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    It’s always grotesque when Republicans try to pretend they’re just plain, honest po’ folks in plain, Republican cloth coats, not like those hoity-toity liberal elitists with their expensive highfalutin college degrees and overpriced organic arugula salads and garages full of Priuses. I suppose that was one indirectly good thing about Mitt Romney’s candidacy: it exposed Mr. 47% and his pals as the real privileged snobs.

  • nicho

    He’s their greatest young hope du jour.

  • caphillprof

    I’m still chuckling. Thanks!

  • caphillprof

    The Republican ruling class have their own facts and they have their own definition of what used to be common words. The term “middle class” is pretty useless these days. We have poor people who think they are middle class, we have middle class people who know they are middle class and we have wealthy people who think they are middle class because they know somebody who is uber wealthy.

    Rubio is a fraud. Where is Gertrude Stein when we need her: There is no there there.

  • Shoosh

    Who the ef cares? He is just a young pawn in the GOP. Blah blah blah. This story is toilet paper.

  • nicho

    This reminds me of the story about Winston Churchill who, as a child, was asked to write a short story. He began: There once was a family that was very poor. The father was poor. The mother was poor. The children were poor. The chauffeur was poor. The butler was poor. The maids were poor. The footmen were poor.

  • nicho

    According to Zillow, he bought the house in 2005 for $550K. Zillow now estimates its value at $535K. It’s not a booming market. I’m guessing some “angel” will come along and buy it at $140K above value as a way of making an undisclosed donation, bribe, whatever you want to call it.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Even if the housekeeper drives a Mercedes, she too is blue collar.

  • FLL

    Here in Fort Lauderdale, installing the very smallest of pools runs between $25,000 and $30,000, and the pools in Rubio’s fancy little enclave of houses look like the larger resort-type pools that you would find in a Key West bed and breakfast inn. Very pricey indeed.

  • nicho

    If your blue collar is on a $200 shirt from Hermes, it really doesn’t count.

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