Possible Palin house buy in Arizona creates buzz

May 23, 2011 - 8:30 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The purchase of a large custom estate in a desert community north of Phoenix has set off a wave of speculation that the buyer might be former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

The fascination with all things Sarah brought a steady stream of media to the rural north Scottsdale area on Monday, including a number of television news trucks parked near the home on Sunday and Monday. An anonymous Delaware-registered limited liability company paid nearly $1.7 million cash for the 7,900-square foot property earlier this month.

The unconfirmed reports that Palin may have bought the house were first reported online by The Arizona Republic. Neither Palin's political action committee nor her lawyer responded to inquiries, and the Arizona lawyer who handled the deal declined to comment.

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Associated Press writer Paul Davenport contributed from Phoenix.