Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has sold his family's Federal Heights home for an undisclosed amount. His family will reside in the state's official Governor's Mansion on South Temple for at least the next three years.
Huntsman announced after winning election in November 2004 that he, wife Mary Kaye, and their six children would live in the mansion but keep their home near the University of Utah. Later, as previously reported, the Huntsmans said they were putting their private house up for sale the asking price, $3 million.
The house was purchased, said Huntsman spokeswoman Tammy Kikuchi, by former state Sen. Robert Steiner, D-Salt Lake, a neighbor in the exclusive old section of Federal Heights. The sale price was not disclosed.
Steiner, a former part owner of The Salt Lake Tribune and an heir to the Steiner/American Linen corporation, served several terms in the Utah Senate in the 1990s before retiring.
The Huntsmans have been a family on the move for years, owning several houses in the Salt Lake Valley as well as the Washington, D.C., area when he served twice as a U.S. ambassador. When he served as ambassador to Singapore, they stayed in the official ambassador's residence there.
Huntsman has already said he plans on running for re-election in 2008, so if he wins the family won't need a private house until the beginning of 2013.
While Huntsman may be "homeless" now in the sense that he doesn't own a house or carry a mortgage he is the son of billionaire industrialist/philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr., and as such has access to two of the elder Huntsman's secondary residences a large house in Deer Valley, Summit County, and a house in Hawaii, where the extended Huntsman family traditionally vacations each December.The governor recently sold his stock in Huntsman LLC, the holding company for the family's huge petrochemical corporation. The governor's stock was sold for between $15 million and $25 million, sources in the governor's office have said, and the proceeds placed in a blind trust from which he can draw if he so chooses.
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