His Socialist leanings notwithstanding, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) could afford the purchase of  a house on an island on Vermont’s side of Lake Champlain. He and wife Jane Sanders paid nearly $600,000 for their new summer retreat, according to Vermont newspaper Seven Days. Jane Sanders said in a statement, “We’ve traveled up to the islands many times over the years — almost always on day trips.” She added, “The entire family is very excited about it.”
 
“We’ve always been impressed with the North Hero community, eaten at the North Hero House and Shore Acres and have suggested them to friends who were looking for a beautiful place to stay or have dinner. St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte is my favorite church and it is nearby.” Jane Sanders is a Catholic, while Sen. Sanders is a non-observant Jew.
 
The new seashore house has four bedrooms and 500 feet of Lake Champlain beachfront near the village of North Hero, which has fewer than 1,000 residents, according to the U.S. Census. In addition to the new crib, Sanders and wife own a row house in Washington DC, in addition to a suburban-style two-storey home in Burlington, Vermont, where Sanders once served as mayor. The latter home is worth $321,900, according to city records.
 
According to Realtor.com, the average listing price for houses in North Hero is currently $245,000. North Hero, according to the 2000 Census, was 97.53% White, 0.25% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.37% Pacific Islander, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 0.62% of the population.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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