Politicians' Million-Dollar Mansions: Mitt Romney, Michael Bloomberg, Al Gore, More (PHOTOS)

Mitt Romney is rebuilding his $12 million home. See photos of his and other politician’s lavish estates.

Mitt Romney has announced that he will demolish his $12 million California home to make it bigger. Politicians like to align themselves with ordinary Americans, but not many live like the average Joe. From Romney’s expanding spread to George W. Bush’s Texas ranch, Al Gore’s 20-room energy guzzler, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $23 million love nest, see photos of politicians’ lavish estates.

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GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has plans to nearly quadruple the size of his $12 million California mansion. The oceanfront, single-story property, located in La Jolla, will be transformed into a two-story structure. While no date has been set for construction, Romney has already filed the application with the city.

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently dropped a whopping $20 million for a 35-acre Southampton estate. The 11-bedroom mansion, known as “Ballyshear,” is one of Bloomberg’s six residences. The most notable is the mayor’s five-story Manhattan property on the Upper East Side. Bloomberg is the only NYC mayor to choose his own digs over the nationally and historically acclaimed Gracie Mansion.

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West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, one of the five richest members of Congress and worth nearly $80 million, is the owner of a 1920s, 16-acre chateau in Rock Creek Park, Wash. Known as “The Rocks,” the castle has an estimated 11 bathrooms on the first floor alone.

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Prairie Chapel Ranch was known as the “Western White House” during the presidency of George W. Bush. The nearly 16,000-square-foot property was purchased in 1999, and during his two terms in office, Bush visited the Texas getaway 77 times—hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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Former vice president Al Gore, the king of environmental activism, has a lavish 20-room, 10,000-square-foot abode in Nashville. After Gore received an Oscar for his global-warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth, it was revealed that his home uses more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year.

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Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton are out in the Hamptons for the next two weeks to celebrate the former president’s 65th birthday. The couple rented a $25 million East Hampton fortress, which is currently on the market. The exclusive getaway is only a few hours from their $1.7 million home in Westchester County in New York.

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Ronald Lauder of the Estee Lauder cosmetics dynasty served as U.S. ambassador to Austria in the Reagan administration and ran for New York City mayor in 1989. With his $3 billion net worth, Lauder has racked up 140 acres in the Hamptons. The real-estate tycoon has so much land that he didn’t even realize there was a stranger camping out on his Wainscott property.

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Pete Coors, heir to the Coors Beer empire, ran for U.S. senate in Colorado in 2004. He lost, but was named the 2011 Citizen of the West while serving as the chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Co.  His fortune enabled him to purchase a $2.1 million Denver home, complete with an elevator, this past summer.

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Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s former home went up for sale in May with a $23 million pricetag. This is the same home where Schwarzenegger initiated his affair with former housekeeper and mother to his 13-year-old love child Mildred Baena. It also has been reported that Schwarzenegger paid nearly a quarter of the cost of Baena’s $268,000 California home in 2010.

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Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, heiress of the Heinz Ketchup fortune, own five different properties and vacation getaways. The properties are located in such places as Nantucket, Boston, Pittsburgh, Idaho, and Washington, D.C. The Idaho property, built in 1485, is a reassembled barn brought over from England.