Those Trumps! Donald Trump, who created Trump National in Briarcliff and still owns the beautiful Seven Springs estate in Northern Westchester bought Marjorie Merriweather Post’s 1924 Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, which he promptly turned into a resort. His ex-wife Ivana relocated from a Connecticut estate and has since 1994, has been a full time resident only a half-mile north on Ocean Boulevard in an Addison Mizner designed mansion. Both Trumps seem to have a preference for the 1920’s romantic old world Spanish Revival Moorish style of architecture.
Ivana Trump has recently placed Concha Marina, her oceanfront Palm Beach mansion, on the market. Ivana purchased the estate for $4.4 million in 1994, two years after her divorce from Donald became final. It has been her primary residence since that time, but in an interview between her spokesperson and the “Palm Beach Daily News,” she said it is time to downsize now that her children are grown, though she intends to stay in Palm Beach for now.
Mizner designed homes in the Spanish-Moorish style that emphasizes cross-ventilation and kitchens in wings away from the living areas. There were open, shady loggias and courtyards with decorative columns supporting arches and red barrel tile roofs. He used French doors and casement windows to capture every breeze. In time, he opened his own company, Mizner Industries, in West Palm Beach to manufacture his own building materials and furniture.
The original home was rather small by Palm Beach standards but was seamlessly added onto twice by the celebrity architects who followed, accounting for its current 14,406 square feet. The nine-bedroom, thirteen-bath house sits on three-quarters of an acre and has many of its original details intact. A rare special feature is the underground tunnel linking the main lot to its beachfront parcel. The courtyard has a lotus-shaped swimming pool and the four-car garage has an upstairs apartment.
Ivana Trump’s oceanfront Mizner-designed Palm Beach estate is now for sale at $18.9 million. See photos and real the entire story here: