Before he took on his infamous race to become president, Trump was probably most well-known for his insane property portfolio. The man owns a huge chunk of Manhattan, and his properties stem all the way from the East Coast of America to North East Scotland and far beyond. And while a host of these purchases are business acquisitions, what about the places that actually he resides? From multi-million dollar penthouses in Manhattan, to enormous estates in Florida, here’s how Trump lives his own high life.
Trump Tower Penthouse, Manhattan
If we know one thing about Trump, it’s that he knows how to wage a serious war. And that doesn’t stop with his politics – the presidential candidate knocked down some of New York’s most impressive art deco architectural friezes that were intended for the iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art in order to make way for his heinous penthouse.
The three-storey home at the top of the tower is reportedly worth an astonishing $100 million. Picture hard-core bling, and you’ve got the interiors nailed. We’re talking gold-trimmed furniture, marbled columns, floors, tables, and walls, hand-frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, statues, family painting and photos (probably quite a lot of Trump himself) and more gold-leaf than you can shake a stick at. You know what they say, gentlemen – money truly cannot buy you class.
Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach
Marginally more tasteful then his New York Penthouse, the Mar-a-Lago private members club at least has a pinch of history to it. An acknowledged Landmark in the National Register of Historic Places, the ‘palace’ has been open since 1927. In 1985, Trump purchased the estate in is entirety where he resided privately until 1995 (both him and his son, Donald Trump Jr., got been married there).
All 126 rooms make the residence more than palatial, and a chunk of the property is still entirely privatised for the Trump clan. Contrary to what you might think, members of the club still flock to Palm Beach for a piece of the glory; Trump reportedly made $1.5 million from the club alone last year. Known for its out-of-this-world amenities, private beach, insane food and of course, the fact that Trump is the guy with the keys, Mar-a-Lago is another rather expensive notch in Trump’s post.
Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles
Although the property is now technically on the market (as of a month ago), Trump still owns it. He also (rather bizarrely) owned the property in 2008 – when it bought it for $10.35 million – and then sold it again in 2009, for $9.5 million. The 15,000sqft house, on Beverly Hills’ wildly famous North Rodeo Drive, sits on 30,974sqft of property. The colonial style home is on the market for $20 million more than Trump bought it for only 8 years ago, and is priced at $30 million.
Obviously, Trump decided to use his ‘expertise’ to do up the property at vast expense, and the regal home boasts a mere 11 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, not to mention the insane views, the pool, the tennis court, the elevator (it’s only three floors but needs must, right?) and the fact that it sits on one of the West Coast’s most desirable locations. Interiors are equally as… impressive. The marble floors, to the crystal chandeliers (which can be lowers electronically, naturally), to the vast bedrooms are every inch Trump, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the next owners do with the place.
Kluge Estate, Charlottesville
Skyscrapers, golf courses, hell, even politics isn’t enough for Trump. Wine was the aim and it’s made him millions – obviously. Never one to do things by half, Trump acquired the 23,000 sq foot mansion, 2,000 acre property in 2011 for an absolute bargain. At only $14 million – much less than it was on the market for – Trump snapped it up after it was taken over by Bank of America when the previous owner’s widow defaulted her loans.
Never ones to do things by halves, it’s been said that Trump held the bank over a barrel to give him the best price possible. He bought the front and backyards and put ‘No Trespassing’ signs on ‘his’ and to deter other potential buyers, in order to make sure he got the best price possible from the bank. Lovely.