SACRAMENTO — Gov.-elect Jerry Brown and his wife have chosen an upscale, midtown loft for their Sacramento residence.
The one-bedroom unit is at 16th and J streets, near the Capitol and across from Memorial Auditorium, a source said.
Brown was spotted last week visiting the 1530 J St. building, a renovated, one-time automobile dealership building. On the ground floor are two restaurants, P.F. Chang's China Bistro and Mikuni Japanese Restaurant.
The California Highway Patrol has approved of the location, the source said.
Steve Glazer, Brown's campaign manager, said Sunday that Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, chose a one-bedroom, unfurnished loft to rent in midtown over the weekend. They will move in the "near future," he said.
California is one of five states without a governor's mansion, and the governor's sleeping arrangements have for years been of special interest around the Capitol.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was criticized for not moving to Sacramento, with some observers saying residence here might have benefited his relationship with lawmakers. Schwarzenegger flies most nights to his home in Brentwood, at his own expense, or stays at a suite at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.
Brown, 72, famously lived in an apartment on N Street when he was first governor, from 1975 to 1983. He has said he will keep his $1.8 million home in Oakland, but he said of Sacramento, "I'm not going to stay in a hotel room."
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