It’s fascinating to think where a President may have lived before he took up residence in the White House.  But what if that president was a successful actor?  Ronald Reagan’s former home is a prime example.  His less-than-ordinary house has recently been put up for sale for just under $5 million

About the House

The place that Ron and Nancy Reagan used to call home is a 4,764 square foot ranch nestled in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles at 1669 San Onofre Drive.  The home sits on nearly 2/3 of an acre and is perched on top of a hill that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and boasts spectacular views of LA

While Ronald Reagan’s movie career was mostly behind him in the 1950s, he was still able to land a job as host of “General Electric Theater”, an early television show.  GE rewarded the actor for the success of the show by buying him this luxurious home in the hills.  It was in this house that Reagan transformed himself from actor to politician.  It was also here that he later received the call from Jimmy Carter conceding the 1980 presidential election to him.  He got the call while he was in the shower, and took it standing in the living room, according to an interview later given by Nancy Reagan

The home is a four-bedroom, four bath estate that features a gated entry and a long driveway.  There is also a luxurious outdoor area with a patio and a pool.  A shaded deck provides the perfect spot for a glass of wine (or a handful of jelly beans, in Reagan’s case).  The home has an open and airy layout, with high ceilings and large windows and doors that let in lots of natural California sunshine.  They also capitalize on the exceptional views of the nearby Santa Monica Mountains and Santa Monica Bay

GE packed the home with every type of electrical device.  The kitchen features a garbage disposal (unheard of at the time).  While the kitchen has been remodeled over the years, it still retains its original open and sleek look.  The great room is set off by a gorgeous fieldstone fireplace as well as built in cabinets.  The dining room holds a surprise made especially for Reagan – a hidden projector used for movie screenings

Ronald and Nancy sold this home in 1982 when he moved to Washington, D.C., to become the 42nd president of the United States.  Today, this is a coveted Los Angeles neighborhood and the home is in an unbelievable location.  It remains true to its original mid-century design and is set apart from other homes around it on account of its rich history

To buy the home today, it is estimated that a monthly payment would $17,559, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a 30 year mortgage.  If you can swing that, than you can own a piece of American history.