Gov. Bobby Jindal may have his eye on moving into the White House, but, for now, his Plan B is a home being built in University Club in Baton Rouge.
Jackie Braud said her family-owned, custom-home-building company, Traditions, is constructing a home for Jindal, his wife, Supriya, and their three children.
The goal is to have the home completed by December, before Jindal’s second term is up and his family has to move out of the Governor’s Mansion. The Jindals have lived in the mansion since January 2008.
“We want them to be able to move in when it is convenient,” Braud said.
Braud deferred other questions about Jindal’s new home to the governor’s spokespeople.
“They are building a family home in University Club,” Governor’s Office spokesman Doug Cain confirmed, but he did not elaborate.
During the past legislative session, Jindal told reporters in his Capitol office that he and the first lady had been looking for a home in south Baton Rouge for when his term ended but had not found one they liked yet.
Jindal lived in Kenilworth for most of his childhood.
The Jindals’ children, Selia, Shaan and Slade, go to University Lab School on LSU’s campus.
University Club is a 1,200-acre, master-planned community a few miles south of LSU. The development sits next to a 22-acre golf course and features amenities such as a playground, a pool and a tennis facility.
Homes in the development range in price from about $450,000 to more than $1 million, according to a list of available properties on the University Club website.
The governor and his family can easily afford a house in University Club. According to a financial disclosure form Jindal recently filed with the Federal Elections Commission as part of his presidential campaign, the governor had investments and money in the bank valued at $3.79 million to $11.3 million.
Jindal has spent much of the past two months campaigning in Iowa, which is the first state to caucus in the presidential primaries. Despite his efforts, recent polls show his support is about 1 percent to 2 percent among Iowa voters. Jindal’s campaign staff has said he is gaining support in the state.