Carolyn Condit Buys House in Arizona

Posted May 21, 2003 at 6:25pm

Whether former Rep. Gary Condit (D-Calif.) rides off into the sunset remains to be seen, but he seems to have the perfect venue to do so after his wife’s recent purchase of property in the hills of Arizona.

The 2,265-square-foot custom-built home is located in the Desert Hills region of northern Phoenix on a 1.25-acre plot of land complete with panoramic views and horse privileges.

“Your buyers will love the peace and quiet of country living,” raved a real estate listing for the property that described the home’s gourmet kitchen and private drive.

Though recent media reports had described the couple as “temporarily” vacationing in the sunny Southwest, Maricopa County public records show that Carolyn Condit purchased the $220,000-plus property in late April, several months after she and her jobless husband retreated to Arizona to regroup.

The Modesto Congressman’s political career, which ended when he lost his campaign for re-election last fall, careened wildly off-track in early 2001 in the wake of the disappearance of D.C. intern Chandra Levy, who later turned up dead in Rock Creek Park.

Condit, who did acknowledge having an extramarital relationship with Levy, has repeatedly denied having anything to do with Levy’s disappearance or death. Police have never named him as a suspect.

Legal documents on file with Maricopa County also show that Gary Condit signed a disclaimer deed agreeing that he himself has no legal rights whatsoever to the property.

“The property above described is the sole and separate property of the spouse having been purchased with separate funds of the spouse,” a copy of the document, which was signed by the former Congressman on April 17, stated.

The disclaimer deed goes on to state that it is “executed not for the purpose of making a gift to the spouse, but solely for the purpose of clearly showing of record that the undersigned has and claims no interest in and to said property, the undersigned expecting third persons to rely on this disclaimer.”

Arizona is a community property state, meaning that anything a married couple accumulates during the course of their marriage is considered to be the property of both.

The Condits, who appear to have an unlisted phone number in Arizona, could not be reached for comment on the disclaimer.

Jon Dake, a Phoenix-based divorce lawyer, said he has most often seen these kinds of disclaimers used in divorce proceedings.

“Often times, when people are thinking of getting divorced or in the middle of divorces, and one of the parties wants to go buy a house, the mortgage company” will ask them to draw up a disclaimer deed, said Dake.

But he noted that a disclaimer could also be used to protect a property against any potential legal claims or judgments against a party.

A recent description of the property on the Multiple Listing Service describes it as beautiful “territorial style” home with panoramic views on 1.25 acres land with horse privileges. The 2,265-square-foot home, built just three years ago, has balconies from every bedroom, with views of the city lights and the mountains, a fireplace and an oversized two-car garage with a workshop.

In February, the owners of the three-bedroom home were asking $244,800, according to information still available in the real estate Multiple Listing Service.

Deed information on file with the Maricopa County government showed that Carolyn Condit — listed in her deed or trust papers as “a married woman sole and separate” — took out a 30-year loan for $190,500 through SIB Mortgage Corp. She also obtained a 15-year second mortgage in the amount of $35,700.

Recent media reports have described the Condits as living in Scottsdale. The former Congressman was reported to be out of work with few, if any, job prospects.

Both he and Carolyn have several multi-million dollar libel and defamation suits pending against media outlets.