Sunday, May 22, 2011

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Tongues started wagging in Scottsdale this weekend when the Arizona Republic reported that Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and running mate of Senator John McCain during his 2008 Presidential bid, bought this $1.695 million home in Scottsdale. According to the Republic, the Palins paid cash for the home. 
The probable purchase of the home has contributed to speculation that Palin is setting up in Arizona for a possible 2012 Presidential run, or, barring that, running for the US Senate seat soon to be vacated by Jon Kyl
After Bristol Palin bought a place in Maricopa (south of Phoenix) blogs started reporting that Palin was considering a move to Arizona to further her political ambitions. This is sure to add to fuel to those rumors.
Whoever bought the house, they are almost certainly not happy about the news of the sale becoming public. People inside the house started yelling at me as soon as I got out of my car when I went to photograph the house Sunday morning. While I was there, a young man came out of the house to put up “No Trespassing” signs. He wouldn’t say anything about the home’s owners. Local TV stations set up at the house Saturday and were asked to leave by people who wouldn’t identify themselves but were driving a black SUV with Alaska license plates. Three or four cars full of “PalinGazers” stopped to check out the house while I was there. Three people on horseback rode past the house photographing with their cellphones. 
If it’s not the Palin house, the new owners are getting a lot more attention than they bargained for. The house is not in a gated community and the street in front of the house is public, so the occupants have little chance of privacy. 
There are more photos of Casa de Palin in my archive and available from ZUMA Press.