Wasilla, Alaska, may soon be missing one of its most famed residents.
Bristol Palin, 20, purchased a five-bedroom house in Maricopa, Ariz., setting the Grand Canyon State abuzz about a possible Palin family relocation, reports the New York Times.
The Palin family didn’t comment about the potential move to the lower 48. Edward Farrell, Maricopa’s vice mayor, gave Palin’s father, Todd Palin, a tour of the town – which is south of Phoenix – earlier this year.
“I left the meeting thinking that maybe he and Sarah were looking for a place to live,” Farrell says.
The Dancing with the Stars season 11 runner-up’s desert abode is a brown stucco house in the Cobblestone Farms development, the same neighborhood the mayor lives in. She paid $172,000 in cash several weeks ago for the house, according to property records from Pinal County.
And it looks like she scored a good deal: The 3,900-square-foot house, which went into foreclosure in January, sold for nearly $330,000 four years ago.
The previous owner of the house, Michael Smith, said he wasn’t sure why Palin was buying a house in Arizona – the same state her mom’s former running mate, John McCain, is a senator.
“She seems like a nice girl,” Smith tells The Arizona Republic. “We’re excited for her.”
While there’s nothing star-studded about the community – a real estate Web site describes the suburb as “in walking distance to Ace Hardware and several eateries” – the mayor says Palin made a good choice.
“It’s not about glitz and glamour, but about quality of life,” Farrell says. “I think she bought in the best neighborhood that Maricopa has to offer.”