In the year 1982, five years after their wedding, Donald Trump and Ivana Trump purchased their first home together as a married couple. The future president was just 35 years old, and Ivana was only 33 years old at the time; they spent $4 million on the Greenwich, Connecticut, mansion, which was situated on a peninsula and had 5.8 acres of land.
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Calling on her design skills, Ivana was able to include a number of the same elements in the decorating of their new house, producing a property that was dripping in gold leaf, exquisite chandeliers, and crown moldings. She also played a key role in restoring the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, which Donald acquired in the early 1980s, which makes sense considering that the Trump business was always family-oriented.
However, after Ivana got a divorce from her husband in 1991, she was awarded fourteen million dollars, the estate in Greenwich, and an apartment in Trump Plaza as part of the property settlement. Subsequently, in 1998, she sold the house for $15 million, and the new owners of the estate immediately launched a restoration to tone down the opulence of the property by adding tennis courts, an indoor lap pool, a sauna, and a 4,000-square-foot extension with guest apartments.
You see, Ivana had used many of the same materials to decorate their new Connecticut estate as she did while she was renovating the Plaza. These materials included gold leaf features, chandeliers, and crown moldings. The Greenwich residence was referred to in a prior listing as being “dripping with gold leaf”, this was especially so during the difficult divorce proceedings that took place in the early 1990s.
About The House
The Georgian Colonial main house, as well as a guest house, feature a combined total of 19,773 square feet of living space, eight bedrooms, thirteen bathrooms, a three-story rotunda entryway with a double-grand staircase, formal rooms, as well as views of Long Island Sound.
Prior to the Trumps, the original owner of the property was Robert Hillas, president of the Super Heater Company in New York City.
Other features of the home include a home cinema as well as a putting green, various terraces or patios, tennis courts, and three staff quarters that are completely furnished. The home was first listed for sale in 2018 by its new owners for $45 million, but that price was then lowered to $38.5 million, and later it was lowered even further to $32 million before it was withdrawn off the market in 2021.
The new owners of the house made several additional modifications to the property, including toning down the unduly lavish ambiance and adding new amenities such as installing tennis courts, an indoor lap pool, and guest rooms. The property also has several formal living rooms, in addition to features such as a rotunda entrance that is three stories tall and has a grand staircase. Multiple patios and terraces are also included as part of the outside elements.
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