May 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM ET
Updated and corrected, May 11: President Barack Obama visited Seattle Thursday for two fundraisers: Brunch at a private home, followed by an event at a downtown theater.
The brunch was held at the home of Democratic donors Ann and Bruce Blume, who also own a nearby home in Seattle that was recently listed for sale for $2.95 million.
As the race heats up between Obama and Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee, the candidates are hitting the road to fill their coffers in an election that most agree will be the most expensive in history.
While Romney hits up the Midwest — he was in Indianapolis on Monday and Lansing, Mich., Tuesday — Obama is heading to the West Coast, with scheduled events in Seattle and Los Angeles.
Obama's last visit to Seattle was more of a public affair — he visited Boeing's plant in Everett and spoke to machinists there before attending a pair of political fundraisers. This time around, the visit focuses on fundraising and it starts with the private brunch at the Blumes'.
The Blumes own two homes in Seattle, one in the Madrona neighborhood, where the brunch was held, and a separate one in the Broadmoor neighborhood.
The Blumes' Broadmoor home, listed for sale, is a 1941 shingled Colonial with 6,880 square feet of living space on a generous lot and a half. The Broadmoor neighborhood is about three miles northeast of downtown Seattle, close to Lake Washington and the University of Washington's Arboretum. The median list price for the area is $2.2 million.
The listing for the home describes a "perfect floor plan" with plenty of formal and informal spaces. No doubt the cash-seeking president will be spending time in the formal areas, like the wallpapered dining room and adjoining living room with paneled fireplace. If the weather holds, brunch could be held on the spacious outdoor stone terrace.
After Obama's visit to Seattle, his next stop is Hollywood, where he's scheduled to dine at George Clooney's home. That place is not reported for sale ... at this moment.
(This story has been updated and corrected to reflect the location of the brunch event.)