Before he was President, Donald Trump was famous for being a celebrity CEO, shrewd businessman and of course a real estate tycoon.
From his Trump Tower on New York City’s Fifth Avenue to his resorts in Florida, Trump knows how to live in style, and makes sure we all know it.
Trump Tower, New York
Occupying some of the city’s best real estate space in midtown Manhattan, Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue is a sky scraping monument to Trump’s ambition and dedication.
He worked for decades to acquire and build Trump Tower, which now serves as a multi-use building with retail, office and residential units, including Trump’s penthouse, company headquarters and headquarters for campaign activities for Donald Trump. Other famous residents have included Johnny Carson, Steven Spielberg, and Sophia Lauren.
Trump’s three-story penthouse filled with gilded detail, including gold leaf toilet seats, and Greek style columns as visual reminders of his success.
Boyhood Home in Jamaica Estates, New York
Trump grew up in a posh neighborhood in Queens, New York. In contrast to the melting pot reputation of the Queens Borough, the area of Jamaica Estates is very exclusive, with columned homes and manicured lawns.
The Georgian revival home was designed by Trump’s real estate developer father, with 23 rooms including nine bathrooms. It was here that Trump was taught the value of a dollar and the importance of hard work. He even had a paper route as a young boy.
Mar a Lago, Palm Beach, Florida
Originally a private residence, Trump bought the sprawling Mar a Lago estate in 1985 for $5 million, a bargain considering he had earlier offered $28 million.
He turned it into a high end resort, with one wing reserved for his family’s private residence. The decor is pure Trump, with $7 million in gold leaf, four gold encrusted toilets and expensive detailing throughout the estate.
Mar a Lago is one of the first clubs in Palm Beach Florida to have allowed Jewish, African American and gay members. Membership dues increased in 2017 from $100,000 to $200,000 annually. Trump often visits the resort, nicknaming it the “Winter White House”. He has even hosted official events including dinner with the President of China early in his presidency.
Seven Springs, New York
Trump bought the historical Westchester Seven Springs estate in 1995 with the intent to turn it into a golf course, but after years of struggling to obtain permits and rights, has largely abandoned the effort.
The property includes 220 acres covering three communities, as well as a 50,000 square foot mansion constructed by the first owner of the Washington Post, and a smaller residences including one constructed by J.J. Heinz, the founder of the Heinz ketchup fortune.
The Trumps use the mansion and other residences on the property in the summer and on weekends, and the estate has sentimental value to the children is it is where they were educated in real estate, construction and the family work ethic, and especially since it is where Eric Trump proposed to his now-wife.
The most exclusive residence in the world, the White House, is now Donald Trump’s official residence, at least for the next year.
The White House has been the official residence of presidents since 1800, when John Adams moved in. The White House complex is not only a home but working office building, with the East Wing for visitors, the First Lady and her staff, the West Wing for official Presidential activities, and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for additional office space for presidential and vice presidential staff.
While past presidents or their wives have occasionally undertaken renovation or restoration of the residence, there’s not word yet that Trump has attempted to leave his personal style of gilded ceilings, walls and toilet seats as a legacy in the White House.