Nixon’s Western White House in San Clemente goes back on market – at $69 million

President Richard Nixon’s former Western White House, an oceanfront San Clemente estate owned by retired Allergan CEO Gavin S. Herbert, is back on the Multiple Listing Service, this time at $69 million.

The iconic estate was listed at $75 million for several months last year, going off the MLS in September. It continued to be marketed on a real estate firm’s website, however, stating, “price upon request.”

Herbert has owned the 5.45-acre estate for more than three decades.

“It’s one of the most extraordinary pieces of oceanfront property in Southern California,” said Rob Giem of Hom Sotheby’s International Realty, the listing agent, when the home came up for sale in the Spring of 2015.

Nixon bought the sprawling estate on a secluded coastal bluff at the southern end of San Clemente in 1969. He called it La Casa Pacifica.

The property, secluded behind private walls and fences, has some 15,000 square feet among all the structures, according to the listing, including a 9,000-square-foot main residence.

The estate boasts a pavilion with a grand main room, bar, guest suite and den, a two-bedroom guest house, pool and pool terrace, lighted tennis court, gazebo on the bluff, expansive lawns, vegetable and succulent gardens, a greenhouse, catering facility, four staff residences, security annexes and a private well for landscaping water.

The Western White House is a historic home, even after a large part of its acreage was divvied up into lots for private residences. In 2009, Herbert entered into a 10-year preservation agreement on the home with the city of San Clemente in exchange for a tax break.

“We’ve always regarded it as a historic property,” he told the City Council. “It’s like owning a big boat on the ocean. It gets a little rusted. We have projects going on literally every month to keep the property in order.”

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