It looks like it’s not just owners within Trump-branded condo buildings who are struggling to sell their homes, but the owners of individual homes with connections to the President, too. In 1998, financier Robert Steinberg and his wife Suzanne paid $15 million for this 5.8-acre Greenwich, Connecticut estate on its own peninsula. It was previously owned by a then-Democratic Donald Trump and his wife Ivana, but when they divorced in 1991, she kept the mansion. Likely not realizing what was yet to come, the Steinbergs first listed the home in early January 2016 for $54 million, dropping the price to $45 million in May. But according to the Wall Street Journal, when Trump’s campaign “started heating up,” they took the listing down. Although the fire has only grown, they’ve now decided to try again.
The Georgian Colonial mansion was originally built in 1939 for Robert Hillas, president of New York City’s Super Heater Company. It included central air conditioning and a bowling alley and cost $200,000 to build (about $3.4 million today).
Donald and Ivana bought it for $4 million in 1982 when they were searching for their first “trophy mansion.” As we previously noted, “At the time, Trump was busy refurbishing the Plaza Hotel, so he and Ivana infused their new home with the same ornate style of gold leaf, massive chandeliers, and moldings galore.”
Though they removed the gold leaf decor, the Steinbergs must’ve liked Trump’s signature flashy style, as they kept plenty of glitz and chintz and added over-the-top amenities such as an indoor lap pool, sauna, tennis courts, and a 4,000-square-foot guest suite.
There are also three fully-equipped staff apartments, a home theater, an outdoor pool, private dock, and putting green.
The main home is a whopping 19,773 square feet, and together with the guest house, the property boasts eight bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, multiple terraces and patios overlooking the Long Island Sound, and a triple-height foyer with a grand double staircase.
Listing agent Tamar Lurie of Coldwell Banker told the Journal that the decision to relist the property has nothing to do with Trump and his presidency, but that her clients are “building a new home elsewhere and are now more serious about selling.” She also says the Trump connection drew people to the listing before he even became President. The Steinbergs declined to comment.
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Photos via Tamar Lurie/Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Photo of Donald Trump via Gage Skidmore/Flickr
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