We’d like to start by wishing a happy heavenly birthday to our Pop-Pop.
Pop-Pop shared his February 6 birthday with Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States (1980-1988), Governor of California (1967-1975) and former owner of this East Sacramento home.
After a brief stint living in the Governor’s Mansion in downtown Sacramento, Reagan and his wife, Nancy, moved into this stunner in the Fabulous 40s neighborhood of the city.
Built in 1945, this six bedroom, four bathroom house has more than 8,000 square feet and a half acre of land. It last sold in 2000 for $1.7 million. No telling what it would go for now, but there’s a house currently for sale a few streets away: It’s 1,800 SF and on the market for $1.2 million. Just sayin’. These current owners are sitting on a goldmine.
Anyway, Pop-Pop was not a fan of Reagan during his presidency. A staunch Democrat, he used to complain about the “Snacilbuper” (Republican spelled backward, and his kid-friendly nickname for him), and his policies. I spent a large portion of my childhood listening to him discuss this, and the fact that he didn’t enjoy sharing his birthday with Reagan.
Pop-Pop often joked that one of his goals in life was to outlive Ronald Reagan — and he almost made it. Pop-Pop died on June 2, 2004, just three days before Reagan passed.