Bernie Sanders House: His Real Estate Portfolio Will Shock You!

Where does Bernie Sanders live?

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Bernard Sanders is an American democratic socialist politician and has served as senator of Vermont since 2007, U.S. Representative of Vermont’s at-large congressional district from 1991-2007, and is currently one of the democratic presidential candidates running in the 2020 presidential election. Born in Brooklyn, New York to Jewish parents Elias Ben Yehuda Sanders and Dorothy Glassberg, Sanders grew up in a humble environment. Though his family never wanted for basic necessities such as clothing and food, the family was far from wealthy. Sanders became interested in politics at a very early age and even became an organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee while still attending school. In 1981, Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington Vermont and went on to be reelected three times. He would later be elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1990, where he would remain for 16 years until being elected to the United States Senate in 2006. In 2015, Bernie Sanders began his campaign for president in the 2016 presidential election, running against popular candidates such as Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Jeb Bush, to name a few. During his campaign, Sanders won 23 caucuses and primaries, with 43% of pledged delegates. Sanders was most notably remembered at the time for rejecting generous donations and Super Pac funds, funding much of his campaign on smaller donations. Though he lost out to Donald Trump for president, Bernie Sanders announced he would run for president again in the 2020 election. Sanders dropped out of the race after what looked like a promising campaign, but the establishment consolidated behind former Vice President Joe Biden who is now the 2020 Democrat Party Presidential Nominee. So, now that we’ve covered Bernie’s political resume, let’s dig into the fun stuff – like his net worth and his incredible houses! (including the Bernie Sanders mansion) If you think Bernie boy is just hanging out in an old shack somewhere – think again, because the Bernie Sanders home is seriously guaranteed to impress even his toughest critics.  

Where does Bernie Sanders live?
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Where Does Bernie Sanders Live?

Currently, it seems Bernie Sanders’ primary residence is located in Burlington, Vermont, though he does also spend a lot of time at his Rowhouse in Washington DC while working. More on Bernie Sanders home below!

How many houses does Bernie Sanders own?

Bernie Sanders actually owns three different properties: A Colonial in Burlington, Vermont, a townhouse in D.C., and a vacation home on Lake Champlain (also in Vermont). Keep scrolling for more juicy details on Bernie Sanders houses.

Bernie Sanders House Vermont

Purchased in 2009 for a little over $400k, Sanders’ Colonial-style home in Burlington, Vermont, boasts 4-bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The 2,352 square foot abode was built in 1981 and features a spacious 2-car garage, a screened-in porch, and sits on 0.62 acres of land. 

The home also has a fireplace as well as lots of windows that provide plenty of natural lighting. According to real estate records online, the current value of the home stands at $444k.

Bernie Sanders House Burlington Vermont
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Bernie Sanders House D.C.

Built in 1890, Bernie Sanders purchased this Rowhouse, located in a Capitol Hill neighborhood, for $489k. The location is conveniently located only half a block from Stanton Park and only 3 blocks from the capital. 

The townhouse, snuggly nestled between other homes of the same type, features 1-bedroom and 2 bathrooms. Its current value is estimated to be $562k. The place is the ideal spot for a politician looking to avoid a crazy commute while working in the area.     

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Bernie Sanders House Photos DC
2007 Listing Photos | Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Bernie Sanders Home Lake Champlain

Okay, so we saved the best for last on this lineup! Bernie Sanders and wife Jane picked up this lakefront home in 2016 for $575k, which is actually three times more than the average home price in the state of Vermont. The summer home, which the Sanders fam typically use for vacation getaways, is located on a North Hero island hidden away from prying eyes by lush foliage. 

The gorgeous log-cabin-style residence is a true paradise, with 4-bedrooms, 2.5-bathrooms, and 1,883 square feet of living space. The interior features a combination of linoleum, hardwood, and vinyl flooring, with strong rustic touches throughout. There’s a screened-in porch that overlooks the bordering Lake Champlain as well as a private dock and detached garage. 

Bernie Sanders House Photos Lake Champlain
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Franz Rosenberger | Coldwell Banker Islands Realty

Bernie Sanders Car Collection

Though there isn’t really much info out there as to how many cars Bernie Sanders owns, what we do know is that in his driveway are often two modest cars – a gray Subaru and a red Chevy. 

In 2016, a photo online surfaced that allegedly showed Sanders behind the wheel of an uber luxurious $172,000 Audi R8, which left many theorizing that the presidential candidate used campaign funds to pay for the fancy new wheels. This story, however, is complete fiction; in fact, the image of the man in the vehicle wasn’t even Sanders, but just a guy that sort of looked like him. 

Bernie Sanders Driving
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Bernie Sanders Net Worth

Being a presidential candidate, one of the most frequently asked questions about Bernie Sanders these days is “how much money is Bernie Sanders worth?” 

As of 2020, Bernie Sanders has reportedly amassed a net worth of $2 million. Sanders made an estimated $1 million in 2016 ($795k of which he earned from book royalties). The same year, it’s estimated that he earned $174k from political endeavors as well as $1 million from investments at the time. 

One of the ways Sanders reportedly spends his money these days is on private jets. Near the end of 2019, Sanders’ campaign is said to have thrown down $1.2 million for flying in style with charter flight companies Apollo Jets and Advanced Aviation Team. 

Is Bernie Sanders Democrat?

Well, the short answer is…kinda? Bernie Sanders has always considered himself an Independent, but he does tend to vote with the Democratic party. Though he filed as an Independent candidate to run for the Senate in 2024, he also filed as a Democrat when he began campaigning for the presidency. 

Whether his choice to file under two separate parties will benefit or hurt him in the long run remains to be seen. The latest Super Tuesday that took place on March 3rd, 2020, shows Biden in the lead over Sanders, but only time, and votes, will truly tell which candidate will make it to white house. 

How long has Bernie Sanders been a senator?

In 2006, Bernie Sanders was granted a seat on the U.S. Senate, winning with 65% of the vote, and went on be reelected in 2012 and 2018, meaning he has been a member of the Senate for the last 14 years. 

Bernie Sanders 2006
Bernie wins 2006 Senate campaign | Alison Redlich | AP

Bernie Sanders Taxes

In 2019, Bernie Sanders released 10 years-worth of his own tax returns, almost all of which featured little to no additional forms or deductions. These are in additions to the financial disclosures that Sanders has willingly released every year since 1991. In response to the release of these returns, Sanders is quoted as saying “These tax returns show that our family has been fortunate. I am very grateful for that, as I grew up in a family that lived paycheck to paycheck, and I know the stress of economic insecurity. That is why I strive every day to ensure every American has the basic necessities of life, including a livable wage, decent housing, health care and retirement security.” Sanders has also said that he feels his higher taxes were “an obligation and an investment in our country.”  

What Religion Is Bernie Sanders?

Bernie Sanders was affiliated with the Jewish faith as a child. As an adult, however, Sanders has distanced himself from organized religion, saying that while he does believe in a god, his beliefs are not based around traditional religions. If elected, Sanders would make history not only as the first Jewish president but also as the first modern president to not assign himself to a specific religion. 

Is Bernie Sanders Related to Larry David?

Yes! But Larry isn’t Bernie’s brother, as some sites have misstated. Actor, comedian, and writer Larry David is actually Bernie Sanders’ distant cousin, a fact he discovered while filming an episode of the PBS program Finding Your Roots. What makes this connection all the more entertaining is the fact that David actually impersonated Sanders on the comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live during the 2016 election and even earned an Emmy nomination for the role.

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Bernie Sanders College

Sanders spent a year at Brooklyn College from 1959-1960 before he transferred to the University of Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. When speaking of his college years, Sanders describes himself as a “mediocre” student, saying that he often found classes to be boring and irrelevant in comparison to learning from the community around him.  

Young Bernie Sanders

Growing up in Midwood, Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders attended elementary school at P.S. 197 and won a borough championship with the school’s basketball team, all the while attending Hebrew school in the afternoons. Sanders went on to attend high school at James Madison High school and become captain of the track team. After losing his mother at the age of 18 and his father at the age of 20, Sanders used the few thousand dollars he received as an inheritance to help pay for college. In his college years while attending the University of Chicago, Sanders became more and more involved in social issues of the time, joining the Young People’s Socialist League as well as the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). In 1962, he and other students protested outside the administration building of the University of Chicago to protest university president George Wells Beadle’s segregation policy for campus housing. After weeks of demonstrations and sit-ins, the racial segregation for student housing ended. In addition to participation in the civil rights movement, Sanders was also a member of the Student Peace Union, an anti-war movement. Despite his distaste for war, however, Sanders never spoke negatively about the troops; in fact, he has always been an adamant supporter of veterans’ benefits. 

Young Bernie Sanders
Chicago police arresting protester Bernie Sanders, 21, in August 1963. Tom Kinahan | Chicago Tribune

Bernie Sanders Birthday

Bernie Sanders was born September 8, 1941.

How old is Bernie Sanders?

Sanders is currently 78 years of age, a year older than fellow democrat and former vice president Joe Biden. The senator from Vermont is actually the oldest of all the candidates to run for president in the 2020 election.

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