A look inside Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s Palm Beach estate


Editor’s Note: This story originally was published in March 2016, ahead of Florida’s Republican primary. With Donald Trump’s win Nov. 8 and coming inauguration, interest once again has been piqued in the president-elect’s part-time home in Palm Beach. Learn more here about the history of Mar-a-Lago.

Original story: Billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hosted an event at his lavish Mar-a-Lago club on Super Tuesday, giving the part-time Palm Beach resident a chance to put on display his historic estate — which some credit him with saving.

Mar-a-Lago was built by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and opened for the 1927 winter season with 58 bedrooms and 33 bathrooms. Its name means “sea to lake,” signifying the property’s position stretching between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

» See exclusive photos inside Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Post died in 1973 and willed the estate to the U.S. government. However, Mar-a-Lago’s high maintenance costs prompted the government to decline.

The estate was empty until Trump purchased it in 1985 for $10 million. Trump and his then-wife Ivana spent years restoring the property.

Mar-a-Lago now serves as a part-time residence for Trump, his wife, Melania, and their son, Barron; and also as an exclusive club with a $100,000 initiation fee and $14,000 yearly dues.

The club’s website touts the property as “the greatest mansion ever built.”

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Post reporters Barbara Marshall and George Bennett contributed to this story.


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