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Most people have modest ambitions for their first home. Then again, Donald Trump was not like most people.
In 1982, when the then-35-year-old real estate mogul was bursting onto the scene in New York City, he purchased his first mansion in nearby Greenwich, Connecticut, for $4 million (approximately $10 million when adjusted for inflation). Before the billions, reality show, and current wife Melania (he was still married to Ivana at the time), this was the pad our future president first called home.
The home sits on a 5.8-acre piece of land on a peninsula in Greenwich, and features interior design quirks—gold leaf, gaudy chandeliers, crown molding—similar to those of Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel. The reason? At the time, Ivana was concurrently remodeling the hotel, so she was clearly partial to the look.
When the couple split in ’92, Ivana was awarded the house as part of the divorce settlement. She would end up unloading it in 1998 for $15 million. (The property’s new owners promptly renovated the home again, adding tennis courts, an indoor lap pool, sauna, and 4,000-square-foot addition.)
The home dates back to 1939, and was built for New York City heating magnate Robert Hillas. It currently has just under 20,000 square feet of space, including eight bedrooms and thirteen bathrooms, as well as majestic views of Long Island Sound. Additionally, it includes a home theater, putting green, guest suites, and a private boat dock.
The home was recently listed for $45 million, but oddly, was taken off the market. We can only guess it’s because the sellers saw many additional dollar signs in their eyes after the house’s former owner won the presidency.
Speaking of which, the mansion kind of does share a likeness with the president’s future residence.
Take a visual tour of the mansion below. For the rest of the story on Donald Trump’s first mansion, go here.