A private trust fund with apparent ties to John Edwards bought a house in Charlotte last month, fueling speculation that it was for his mistress, Rielle Hunter.
Some Eastover residents and real estate agents — as well as tabloids — have been buzzing about the possibility that Hunter and her daughter Frances could be moving into the house at 1611 Providence Road, reports Jim Morrill of The Charlotte Observer.
According to the deed, Alan Simpson sold the house to The Providence Road Trust for $535,000.
"The buyer wanted to remain anonymous," Simpson said today. "I have heard speculation (about Hunter). I could not tell you who was buying the house."
The trustee listed on the deed could not be reached. The trust's mailing address is a Raleigh post office box registered to the law firm Lynch & Eatman. Lawyer Maria Lynch is treasurer of the Wade Edwards Foundation, according to the 2008 tax return of the organization founded by John and Elizabeth Edwards to honor their late son. Lynch has not returned several calls.
Three real estate agents involved in the sale would not discuss it, citing confidentiality.
The National Enquirer, which broke the story of Edwards' affair last year, features a picture of the house in editions that went on sale Monday. It said Hunter was scheduled to move in Dec. 1 but didn't after she and Edwards got into a dispute over child support.
Hunter, reached by the Observer last week on her cell phone, declined to discuss the matter.
"I don’t speak to the media, and that comment was off the record," she said. "Thank you for calling and have a great day."
Neither Charlotte attorney Jim Cooney, who is helping represent Edwards, or Hunter's New Jersey attorney Frank Louis would comment.
It was unclear where Hunter is. She has been living in Southport, according to a New Hanover County real estate agent. The Enquirer said she had checked into a Charlotte hotel prior to the anticipated Dec. 1 move-in date.
Meanwhile, the Providence Road house stands empty. One neighbor even baked cookies for the woman she expected to be her new neighbor.
"I froze them," she said.