Trump Tower Penthouse, New York CityMar-a-Lago, Palm BeachSeven Springs, Bedford, New YorkTrump National Golf Club, Bedminster Township, New JerseyAblemarle Estate at Trump Winery, Charlottesville, Virginia
But the mogul already has an array of impressive properties at his disposal. Here, a survey of Trump's personal real-estate portfolio:
Trump's New York City residence is a gilded, three-level penthouse 58 stories up at the top of Trump Tower, his skyscraper at 725 Fifth Avenue (Barron, his 10-year-old son, reportedly has a floor (opens in new tab) all to himself). The president-elect's offices are also in the building, so living and working at the same address will not be new to him when he moves into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The White House decor might be a bit subdued for him though, since the penthouse was modeled after the Palace of Versailles, with rococo decor and a profuse amount of gold. Check it out in the video tour, from an old episode of The Apprentice, below.
Trump told me (opens in new tab) that Mar-a-Lago, the 128-room mansion built by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1927, is "the great estate of Palm Beach." He also dubbed it the official Winter White House on Twitter yesterday.
Interestingly, that's what Post always wanted it to be. She donated the property to the U.S. government upon her death, but in 1980 it was returned (opens in new tab) to Post's daughters because of the $1 million in annual maintenance costs. Trump bought the 17-acre property for $5 million in 1985 and turned it into a private club (opens in new tab) ten years later. He added a 20,000-square foot ballroom with $7 million of golf leaf and spent $100,00 on four gold-plated sinks.
Today, the privilege of hobnobbing with Trump as a member reportedly involves a $100,000 initiation fee plus yearly dues of $14,000 and annual food minimum of $2,000. Trump made (opens in new tab) $15.6 million from the club in 2014.
One of Trump's more under-the-radar residences, Seven Springs has 60 rooms (opens in new tab)—15 of those being bedrooms, in addition to a bowling alley and three pools. He reportedly paid $7.5 million for the property in 1996 and planned to turn it into a golf course but it's remained a private house to this day (probably because of vehement opposition (opens in new tab) to the plan from local residents).
Bedford is about 45 miles north of New York City, and the Trump family seems to use the 50,000-square-foot house (opens in new tab), built in 1919 by former Federal Reserve Chairman Eugene Meyer, as a weekend and summer getaway. He also reportedly, and perhaps unwittingly, allowed (opens in new tab) the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi to stay in a tent there during the United Nations General Assembly meeting in 2009 when no hotels would allow Gaddafi as a guest.
Here's another video tour to check out:
The Bedminster golf club was thrust into the headlines last November following the presidential election. Trump hosted weekend meetings (opens in new tab) there with potential cabinet appointees like Rudy Giuliani, Wilbur Ross, and Mitt Romney.
While the main house is a private club open to members (at a reported cost (opens in new tab) of $300,000), the Trump family owns cottages on the property. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner got married there in 2009, and they won an application (opens in new tab) to expand their cottage by 2,200 square feet in 2015.
Trump Winery has a long and strange history (read all about it here (opens in new tab)). To summarize, Trump paid the "bargain-basement price of $8.5 million on a deal that could ultimately be worth $170 million," netting him 1,100 Virginia acres, including the vineyards and winemaking operation "that had been meticulously cultivated by its previous owner, Patricia Kluge (who defaulted on her loans, after which the property was seized (opens in new tab) by Bank of America). He installed his second-oldest son, Eric, as president of the nascent Trump Winery.
Today, the 23,000-square-foot, 45-room main building, Ablemarle House (opens in new tab), is part of the Trump Hotels brand (a recent search showed rates starting at $309 per night). But since it's only a two-and-a-half hour drive from Washington, D.C., the future president may end up taking the place over for himself.
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Sam Dangremond is a Contributing Digital Editor at Town & Country, where he covers men's style, cocktails, travel, and the social scene.
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